Mediaeval Studies (MLitt) 2017 entry

The MLitt in Mediaeval Studies is an interdisciplinary programme which equips students with the knowledge of different theoretical approaches and current debates in the fields of history, art history, languages and literature.

Applications for 2017 entry for this course have now closed, see which courses are available for the upcoming academic year.

Course type

Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)

Course duration

One year full time

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

Tuition fees

UK and EU: £7,500
Overseas: £17,090

Application deadline

Applications for 2017 entry for this course have now closed, see which courses are available for the upcoming academic year.

Application requirements

  • CV
  • letter of intent/personal statement
  • sample of academic written work (2,000 words)
  • two original signed academic references
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • English language requirements certificate.

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes. 

If you started this programme in 2016, you can find information about 2016 entry on the 2016 Mediaeval Studies (MLitt) page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in our archive.

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Course information

The MLitt in Mediaeval Studies is an interdisciplinary programme run by the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies (SAIMS).


  • The programme benefits from a range of expertise from Late Antiquity to the fifteenth century and across the mediaeval world, from the Middle East and the Mediterranean to the British Isles and Scandinavia.
  • The structure of the degree allows students to match their module choices to their needs and intellectual interests. 
  • Study includes cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary work in the fields of history, art history, languages and literature.

Teaching format

The course comprises two semesters of taught modules followed by a three-month focus period for writing a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

Students take two compulsory and three optional modules. Teaching methods include seminars, practicals and fortnightly tutorials, with class sizes ranging from individual supervision up to 12 students. The modules are assessed entirely through coursework; the Core Language and Text Skills modules are assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2016–2017 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2017 entry.

Compulsory modules

and one of:

Optional modules

Students choose three optional modules.

  • Core Language and Text Skills 2: Semester 2 option; provides an introduction to one of the core languages (Greek, Italian or Arabic) for studying the Middle Ages.
  • Mediaeval Language: provides an introduction to one mediaeval language. The languages normally available include Middle Scots, Old Norse, Old English, Mediaeval French and Middle High German.
  • Discipline Skills: introduces students to one particular discipline within mediaeval studies: mediaeval art history, mediaeval English literature, mediaeval French language and literature, mediaeval German language and literature, mediaeval history, or mediaeval Italian literature.
  • Directed Reading in Mediaeval Studies: a detailed study of a mediaeval topic of the student's own choice taught via tutorials with one or more colleagues in the participating Schools.
  • An Introduction to Palaeography with Codicological and Manuscript Studies: equips students to tackle the reading, transcription and editing of manuscripts up to c.1500.

The modules listed ran in the academic year 2016–2017 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2017 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue .


Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.

Conferences and events

SAIMS hosts interdisciplinary conferences and weekly seminars. In addition, the School of History runs a Mediaeval History Postgraduate Seminar Series which is intended to provide a space for postgraduates at all stages to present ideas, discuss research issues, and gain some practical presentation experience.


Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for students who have graduated during the last three years and are now starting a postgraduate programme.

Find out more about postgraduate scholarships.


After the MLitt

Research degrees

Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews or elsewhere.

The SAIMS provides a unique, internationally-recognised research environment for medieval studies, with potential PhD supervisors from a range of disciplines.

Arts and Humanities Research Council studentships
The AHRC offers studentships at Research Council UK rates for PhD research in a range of subjects.

PhD in Mediaeval Studies


Graduates of the course go on to pursue careers in a range of sectors including journalism, publishing, think tanks, government, law, and teaching.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills. 


Institute of Mediaeval Studies
School of History
University of St Andrews
71 South Street
St Andrews 
KY16 9QW

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3332

SAIMS website

Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.

Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB)