Postgraduate study


About the medieval studies research culture at Edinburgh.

Edinburgh has a wide range of medieval specialists, drawn from a dozen different subject areas. These scholars provide the core research training, offer option courses, and act as supervisors for dissertations and theses. A particular strength is in the languages and literatures of medieval Europe, from medieval French and Latin to, for example, Old Norse, Old Irish, and Middle English. Thriving medieval sections in history, Scottish studies, art history and divinity can add further dimensions to your studies.

There is an active medieval research culture in Edinburgh. The weekly seminar series in the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies gives an opportunity for the university’s medievalists to hear and discuss papers by a variety of invited scholars; the postgraduate community’s own LAMPS (Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Study group) also runs meetings, reading groups and workshops. Besides the outstanding resources for medieval studies in the University Library, Edinburgh as capital city offers the facilities of the National Library of Scotland, the National Museums of Scotland, the National Archives, and the National Galleries.

The programme focuses on the literatures and cultures of the European Middle Ages, but is designed to be flexible and to enable pathways which either have a specifically literary focus or are broader ranging and interdisciplinary.

It offers the opportunity to develop a medieval specialisation which you have already encountered in your undergraduate studies, or to branch out in new directions. All students will gain a grounding in the concepts and genres that are key to advanced literary study of the European Middle Ages, and be introduced to the principles of manuscript study. The option courses and independent dissertation enable individual students to develop and deepen their particular medieval interests.

The programme provides a firm foundation for further research in a variety of aspects of the Middle Ages and is appropriate both as an end in itself and for those who may want to proceed to PhD study.