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MPhil in Medieval History

An illuminated medieval manuscript.

Course Overview

Cambridge University's 800-year history makes it a uniquely rich place to be a medievalist. We have a wealth of medieval buildings and traditions, as well as countless manuscripts and printed books held by our many libraries.

The MPhil in Medieval History forms an integral part of the teaching and research here at the History Faculty (widely regarded as one of the best in the world). The course provides students with intensive training in medieval concepts and methods, as well as skills in Latin and Palaeography, to turn them into high-functioning medieval scholars.


We combine taught and research elements over a 9-month full-time programme. This includes skills training, training workshops and seminars, and students will also complete an independent research dissertation (15,000 – 20,000 words).






Medieval History: Concepts and Methods Weekly seminars Essay (c. 4,000 words)


Weekly lecture & transcription class.

Michaelmas & Lent


Weekly classes

Examined jointly with Palaeography
Preparatory dissertation work Independent research and 1-on-1 supervisor meetings.

Dissertation proposal & bibliography (2,000 words)

Option Course Weekly seminars

Essay (c. 4,000 words)

Across the 9 months Dissertation Research Independent research and 1-on-1 supervisor meetings. Dissertation (15-20,000 words)

Supervision & Research

Throughout the course students are supervised by a dedicated member of staff, who guides their work, leading to an original piece of historical research in the form of a final dissertation.

Beyond this, students are encouraged to engage in Cambridge’s vibrant research environment. Every term has a full calendar of classes, workshops, seminars and lectures led by academics at every level, from graduate researchers to eminent guest professors.

Is the course for me?

We are looking for talented historians from a diverse range of backgrounds. The MPhil course is a demanding one, aimed at those seeking to consolidate their knowledge of the medieval world, having already studied history as the main (or at least a substantial) component of their undergraduate degree.

With its research focus and dissertation, this course is particularly appropriate for those who may wish to continue on to a PhD, and many of our students do exactly that. But it is also well-suited to those who seek simply to explore medieval history at a deeper level.

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