Medieval StudiesFind a programme
|Run by||Faculty of Arts|
|Awards available||PhD, MPhil|
MPhil: one year full-time;
two years part-time
PhD: three years full-time;
six years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
January 2018 (2017/18 fees apply)
Bristol's importance as medieval England's second city and a major maritime port for trade and exploration makes it an excellent setting for interdisciplinary intellectual exchange. The Centre for Medieval Studies in the Faculty of Arts has internationally recognised expertise in an unrivalled range of subject areas.
Research towards MPhil and PhD is supported in the following subject areas: archaeology, drama, English, French, history, history of art, Italian, medieval Latin, music, religion and theology. Applications from prospective graduate students wishing to undertake interdisciplinary research are particularly welcome.
NB For students starting in January 2018, fees for 2017/18 will apply.
Fees for 2018/19
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- UK/EU: part-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2018/19
The University of Bristol is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), which will be offering studentships for September 2018. For information on other funding opportunities, please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
MPhil: An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent). Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of your readiness to pursue a research degree.
PhD: A master's qualification, or be working towards a master's qualification, or international equivalent. Applicants without a master's qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent). Applicants with a non-traditional background may be considered provided they can demonstrate substantial equivalent and relevant experience that has prepared them to undertake their proposed course of study.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
The university's designated research theme Medieval Cultures concerns all aspects of the literature, art, history and thought of western European civilisation between c.500 and c.1500. Culture denotes not only higher-end artistic productions - the theatre, opera, art exhibitions and so on - but the whole complex of ways in which a society functions, thinks about itself and expresses its identity.
Cultures, the theme's signature term, is an elastic and open-ended word which invites discussion and collaboration among experts in different academic domains - literature, history, art, architecture, social history, folklore, religion and many others.
The medievalist community at Bristol is widely recognised as having effected truly interdisciplinary methods of working in integrated ways, engaging in vigorous cross-disciplinary dialogues that permeate many aspects of research and postgraduate teaching.
The activities of the centre are varied and build on this track record of interdisciplinary academic exchange and networking. They include interdisciplinary research and collaborative projects. Members of the centre are active in major international networks, such as CARMEN (Co-operative for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network).
Through the postgraduate conference and student-led activities, such as reading groups, you are also encouraged to participate in developing your own networks.
A significant number of graduates from this programme develop careers as academics in higher education. Others move into academic-related jobs in archives, libraries or academic administration, with many maintaining the capacity to undertake new and innovative research in the field of medieval studies. Some come to medieval studies as mature students in retirement and go on to become independent researchers.
Dr Marianne Ailes, (Senior Lecturer), " Chansons de geste" and early vernacular chronicles; editing and translating; intertextuality; literature of the crusades; medieval French literature; the French of England; the perception and depiction of the Other (Saracen or female).
Dr Fernando Cervantes, (Reader), early modern Europe, especially Spain and Spanish America; intellectual and religious history ; late medieval period.
Dr Rhiannon Daniels, (Lecturer), Medieval and early modern Italian; the reception of Boccaccio, primarily across the Middle Ages and Early Modern period.
Dr Peter Dent, (Lecturer), History of art; sculpture of late medieval and early Renaissance Italy; the history of sculptural aesthetics.
Dr Lucy Donkin, (Lecturer), Italy and the Mediterranean; perception of place during the Middle Ages.
Professor Helen Fulton, (Professor), Arthurian tradition; language and culture ; medieval Welsh literature.
Dr Anke Holdenried, (Senior Lecturer), Intellectual and cultural history, in particular medieval apocalyptic beliefs, their impact on political ideology, devotional context, and artistic representation; the role of prophecy in medieval culture and society manuscript studies.
Dr Emma Hornby, (Reader), Analysis of formulaic chant; medieval western liturgical chant; music; the relationship between Old Roman and Gregorian chant; the relationship between words and music; the transmission of western liturgical chant (including aspects of orality).
Professor Mark Horton, (Professor), African pre- and proto-history; archaeology and the media; Egyptology; historical archaeology; landscape archaeology; medieval European and Islamic cultures.
Dr Cathy Hume, (Lecturer), Chaucer; Middle English poems that retell stories from the Old Testament.
Professor (Emeritus) John Burrow, Middle English, especially the " Gawain" poet, Chaucer, Ricardian poetry, Langland, Hoccleve.
Dr Evan Jones, (Senior Lecturer), 15th- to 17th-century British economic and social history; late medieval/early modern maritime history, particularly in relation to Bristol; smuggling.
Dr Tristan Kay, (Lecturer), Dante and early lyric poetry; medieval Italian.
Dr Kate McClune, (Lecturer), Medieval Scottish literature
Professor Carolyn Muessig, (Professor), Heresy; holy women in medieval France; medieval Latin sermons and popular preaching; medieval religious history.
Dr Benjamin Pohl, (Lecturer), book history; historical writing and cultural memory; manuscript studies; Norman and Anglo-Norman history
Dr Stuart Prior, (Senior Teaching Fellow), Ancient technology; castle studies; early Medieval and Medieval archaeology; English Civil War; warfare and experimental archaeology
Professor Ad Putter, (Professor), alliterative tradition; Arthurian romance; comparative medieval literature (French, Dutch, Latin, English); Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; the popular romance and the popular ballad.
Dr Gwen Seabourne, (Reader), Legal history
Professor Brendan Smith, (Professor), Medieval Britain and Ireland; medieval frontier societies.
Dr Leah Tether, (Senior Lecturer), Arthurian literature (French and English); digital humanities; history of the book; medieval and digital reading cultures; medieval French literature 1200-1400.; publishing studies
Dr Sebastiaan Verweij, (Lecturer), digital humanities; editorial theory and practice; history of the book; late medieval and early modern literature
Dr Ian Wei, (Senior Lecturer), Role of intellectuals in medieval Europe; social history of ideas in western Europe.
Dr Beth Williamson, (Reader), Devotional imagery and literature; iconography of the Virgin Mary; Marian liturgy and devotion; medieval art and architecture (English and European, especially 13th- and 14th-century Italian); saints and sanctity.
September 2018 start: 1 August 2018
January 2019 start: 1 December 2018
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.
REF 2014 results
Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol; in particular, the scores for subject areas 17b, 29, 30, 31 and 34.
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.
The Bristol Doctoral College facilitates and supports doctoral training and researcher development across the University.