Our Canterbury Campus, located in a UNESCO World Heritage site and right in the heart of a Medieval cathedral city, is the perfect place to study Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

The course gives you the chance to study world history and culture from the end of the Roman Empire to the French Revolution.

Whilst our approach is global and comparative, we are fortunate to have many inspiring historical locations nearby. Canterbury Cathedral and Dover Castle are just two local sites of interest that you’ll study.

Why Study Medieval and Early Modern Studies?

Surrounded by the ancient sites of Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine's Abbey, you'll be able to fully immerse yourself in this fascinating subject in our friendly and supportive campus. 

You'll be taught by experienced and dedicated lecturers including some who have undertaken internationally recognised research. They'll share their enthusiasm with you and teach you all about the period from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Age of Enlightenment.




Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

During Year 1, you'll study a series of case studies that will familiarise you with the different approaches that scholars have taken to the pre-modern period. 

You'll gain a deep and rounded understanding of the distant past and will study aspects of archaeology, English literature, history and theology. 

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will typically be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and one-to-one tutorials. You'll typically have between 9-12 contact hours per week, though your actual hours will depend on the optional modules you select.

Lectures will introduce you to periods, themes, and important ideas, often in larger groups.

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and independent study, whilst workshops will often focus on the practicalities of textual analysis and writing.

In individual tutorials you will have one-to-one meetings with tutors to discuss plans for your assignments, and to receive feedback on your work.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

This course will help you to develop skills in independent reading, research, analysis, and writing. When you are not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or tutorials, you will continue to learn through independent study. Typically, this will involve reading primary texts, and critical and contextual books and journal articles.

You will undertake research in the library and online, preparing for seminars and other study opportunities, and for assignments and examinations.

Your module tutors will give you reading and other tasks to complete in preparation for time spent in class.

If you are taking the final year Individual Study module in your third year, which is compulsory for single honours students, you will undertake independent research. This will be supervised by a member of the teaching team, who will meet with you regularly to help develop and guide your project.

Your overall workload will typically consist of 9 contact hours, 3 hours of directed study and 18 hours of independent learning and assessment activity per week.

The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics with research expertise and publications in various fields. They are research-active scholars with extensive experience in delivering research-informed teaching.

All staff hold doctorates and many have achieved teaching qualifications. 

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules, however, our permanent course team teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies course at Canterbury Christ Church University offers students an unparalleled choice of modules across the disciplines of Archaeology, English Literature, History and Theology, all within the historic setting of Canterbury, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Dr David Grummitt Head of the School of Humanities

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment is by a combination of coursework assignments and end of-module exams. The former range from short critical skills assignments to longer academic essays and, in the final year, an opportunity for individual study based on your research interests. Some module options are course work only (i.e. no exam), some involve a ‘takeaway’ exam, and others involve assessment via work on online discussion boards. This wide variety of assessment methods is designed to help you extend your knowledge, deepen your understanding, and develop your skills in research, analysis, debate and writing.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by coursework and examination will always depend on the balance of optional modules you choose, but typically exams would constitute no more than a third of your assessment. It is possible to choose modules that are entirely assessed by coursework. You will receive feedback on all assessments undertaken by coursework, and feedback on examinations is available on request from module leaders. In addition to written feedback supplied for all assessments undertaken by coursework, you may also take advantage of the opportunity to discuss your work with your module tutor. We will normally provide you with feedback within 15 working days of submission for coursework assignments.

Your future career

This course offers a pathway into Medieval Studies at postgraduate level and many universities both in the UK and abroad offer postgraduate taught and research degrees in the Medieval/Early Modern Studies. Employers value the skills that a Medieval/Early Modern Studies graduate brings with them, including the ability to discern the vital from the less important in a mass of data, to analyse and think critically, to problem solve, and to express themselves lucidly and cogently both on paper and orally. Graduates in the Humanities have gone on to work in a wide variety of areas including print and television journalism, business and management, industry, advertising, law, armed forces, local government, archives administration, public administration, finance, education, museums, heritage and leisure.

Work experience and placement opportunities are available to all students through the Applied Humanities Employability module in the second year.

Dr David GrummittHead of the School of Humanities


The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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