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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This MA gives you the chance to study the Archaeology, Literature, History and Theology & Religion of these periods in a World Heritage site.

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, undertake work placements, and complete a dissertation.

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

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 wishing 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.

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. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

Honours Degree

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
  • 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
  • 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.

Module information

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

Teaching on the MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies will largely be through seminars, 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. Lectures will be used as appropriate, for delivering key contextual information.

An innovative aspects 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 provided by the Individually Negotiated Topic module.

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 the students are always a pleasure to be in the classroom with.

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 some unseen in-class assessments, for instance in the Latin module.

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 Christchurch to anyone currently in higher education.

Paul HealyAlumni


Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. 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.

2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK Overseas
Full-time £8,160 £13,000
Part-time £4,080 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.

Find out if you're eligible for the discount.


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 2021/22 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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