Graduate School

Programme structure

The programme involves two semesters of teaching followed by an individual research project. As one of the largest departments of History in the UK, you’ll have a range of courses to choose from, enabling you to tailor your degree to your interests and ambitions.

The MSc lasts 12 months from September to the end of August of the following year. To be awarded an MSc you must also complete a dissertation.  A diploma option is also available, which includes only the taught courses.

Part I of the degree requires students to take a CORE course in The Sources for Medieval History, together with two or three optional courses in medieval languages and/or skills courses. In addition, students take between two or three optional courses from a range of offerings, subject to availability. The taught courses are worth a total of 120 credit points and are assessed by coursework. On successful completion of Part I of the programme, students will proceed to a period of individual research from May to August, resulting in a final dissertation worth a further 60 credits. The topic of the dissertation is chosen in consultation with a supervisor with relevant expertise.

The programme is also offered on a part-time basis.


Taught courses

You will take several courses across two semesters of teaching, including a compulsory course and a range of optional courses.


You will undertake a research project and produce a dissertation which is submitted on an assigned date in mid-August.