The programme delivers a wider our historical awareness and also prepares us for the professional side of academia. There is a close community that provides support and encouragement in our studies. The MA has really rekindled my love for history.

Edward Skeates

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    Situated at the heart of a World Heritage Site, this MA lets you study the History, Literature, and Theology of the period roughly c. 1066-1800, or from the Norman Conquest to the the Age of Revolutions.

    You'll be able to choose from a range of modules taught by the leading experts in their field, design your own short courses, receive training in research skills, run your own reading group together with classmates, undertake graduate work placements, and complete a Masters dissertation. This MA is excellent preparation for your future in graduate-level employment, or for further study at the PhD level.

    You'll join a vibrant and supportive postgraduate community, where you can participate in and present at workshops, seminars, and conferences.

    Why study MA Medieval and Early Modern Studies? 

    The MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is for anyone interested in studying the premodern past in depth. Our students usually include recent graduates. You should pursue the MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies if you are interested in the depth and complexity of the premodern past; if you want to know how about the political and cultural landscape of medieval Europe, or about the long history of inequality, about literature, culture and stagecraft across the Renaissance, or perhaps about the reshaping of the world under European colonialism. Our students include recent graduates who want to continue their studies, mature students returning to study, and secondary-school teachers seeking professional development. We are a positive and supportive research community, and staff place a high priority on supporting students and preparing them for further study or the workplace. to continue their studies, mature students returning to study after a longer or shorter time of pursuing other interests, and secondary-school teachers seeking professional development.

      All about the course

      An MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is increasingly regarded as a valuable extension of undergraduate study in that it:

      • offers you an anticipated edge in the professional job market, not least through practice with advanced research, independent study, longform essay and report-writing based on original research, and the critical interrogation of a wide variety of sources.
      • enhances applications for teacher training where advanced specialist knowledge can be an asset. The PGCE History team in the Education department at Canterbury Christ Church University strongly encourages students to gain an MA before applying for the PGCE, and the MA MEMS provides routes into both PGCE History and PGCE English.
      • provides essential postgraduate experience for you if you intend to continue your study of premodern History or Literature at MPhil/PhD level
      • provides a period of study if you wish to take a career break, or switch careers.

      Entry requirements

      A 2:2 honours degree in History or a relevant discipline is required. Holders of other qualifications will be considered individually.

      If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      Honours Degree

      Module information

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      Teaching on the MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies will largely be through seminars and workshops, in which you will engage critically with a range of evidence and scholarly debates. Seminars will help you establish a network of peers and build meaningful connections with teaching staff. Workshops focus on practical skill acquisition, for instance the Palaeography module is taught almost entirely using practical workshop activity, so that students can learn by doing.

      As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have redesigned our courses so that they can deliver a mix of face-to-face and digital learning. This will mean that courses can continue while following social distancing rules, even if further lockdowns occur. We have tried to do this in a way that is purposeful, thoughtful and driven by your likely needs.

      Any lectures or talks will be delivered digitally. All seminars or workshops will be conducted in-person, socially distanced.

      This means that as part of ‘contact hours’ for the course, you can expect to engage with a structured mix of:

      • on-site face-to-face teaching
      • asynchronous digital teaching
      • other digital activities on blackboard and elsewhere.

      We will take into account any guidance from local or national governments and the University, and will keep you informed of any changes that are necessary.

      An innovative aspect of the MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is the Reading Group module. The Reading Group is your opportunity to help shape a module to the interests of your particular cohort as you select readings for discussion.

      You will be expected to spend sufficient time in independent study to contribute fully and to get the most out of face- to-face contact time. It is at the heart of the dissertation in which you will be assigned a supervisor to oversee your progress through one-to-one tutorials as you complete a substantial and original piece of written work.

      Opportunities to develop a smaller research project or undertake a work-related placement are also provided by the Individually Negotiated Topic module, in which you can agree a topic with a specialist mentor and pursue your own course of study while meeting regularly with them.

      Your overall workload for this course will come out to 6 hours of guided learning per week, typically in the form of seminars or workshops. This learning will be supplemented on occasion by tutorials and other cohort meetings. Each hour of seminar time typically asks your to study independently for one or two hours to prepare, so we estimate a further 12 hours of independent study per week. It is accordingly possible to pursue this course full-time while working part-time, or even, subject to a handful of adjustments, after the workday for some professionals.

      This course is taught entirely by full- and part-time academic staff at Canterbury Christ Church. On occasion we may also invite in external speakers or industry partners, but all teaching, marking, mentorship and feedback is provided by the course team, who comprise the premodern specialists in History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, and English.

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

      This rich and varied postgraduate course offers practical employability training and placement experience, specialist graduate skills like Latin and palaeography, and the necessary academic preparation for progress into doctoral study. The module list is exciting and interdisciplinary and it is always a pleasure to be in an MA MEMS classroom.

      Dr Dave HitchcockProgramme Director.

      How you’ll be assessed

      This course is assessed mainly through a range of written work, including essays, reflective writing, and a 15,000-word dissertation. There are a handful of unseen in-class assessments in the Latin module only. All other assessments provide you with plenty of time to prepare, and we do not set formal exams.

      90% Coursework
      10% In-class assessment

      Your future career

      The advanced skills you will gain, together with the specialist disciplinary knowledge you will develop during the course, will enhance your employability and can help you find a career in fields such as: education, the civil service, journalism, finance, the law, politics, and heritage. The MA also provides you with the skills needed to pursue a Ph.D. in a range of fields, including History, Heritage, English Literature, and Religious and Theological Studies

      Whilst challenging and a massive leap from undergraduate, it was the most rewarding time of my life. The course content and the staff dedication towards their students was superb. I would definitely recommend studying an MA at Christ Church to anyone currently in higher education.

      Paul HealyAlumni


      Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

      The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £8,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,125 N/A

      20% Alumni Discount

      We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

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      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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