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Medieval Studies (BA)

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We are one of only two institutions offering this degree at undergraduate level. It is an interdisciplinary degree that draws upon History, English, Religious Studies and Archaeology and thus allows you to explore all aspects of the medieval world.

PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

UCAS Codes & Joint Honours Options

Medieval Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: V130
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Medieval Studies with Foundation Year (BA)
UCAS Code: MST1
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Chinese Studies & Medieval Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: TV11
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Archaeology & Medieval Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: VV41
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Medieval Studies & English (BA)
UCAS Code: VQ13
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Medieval Studies & Heritage (BA)
UCAS Code: MHG1
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Philosophy & Medieval Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: VV5D
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Applicants to full-time courses can apply through UCAS. Applicants to part-time courses can apply through the University.


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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. Wide range of modules, focusing on lots of different places, themes, subjects and people, from peasants to princes, manuscripts to miracles, and Crusaders to Chaucer
  2. Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise, such as history-writing and memory in the Middle Ages, medieval Wales, and Cistercian monasteries
  3. Hands-on approach which allows students to get to grips with medieval manuscripts and chronicles 
  4. Innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials
  5. Chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The Medieval Studies programme at UWTSD allows students to explore many different aspects of this rich and vibrant period of history. It combines a study of change over time in broad sweeping survey modules with more focused, topic-centred modules.

Each module is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, always in small groups. The teaching is research-led, rooted in the professional interests and expertise of the lecturers.

Students will encounter multiple approaches to and source materials for our understanding of the medieval past, with a particular focus on utilising the onsite archive of manuscript and printed primary sources. This results in a rounded and comprehensive programme of study which grounds students in the requisite theories, methodologies and practices of the discipline of history.

Overall, the Medieval Studies programme gives students appreciation of the techniques and approaches of historians and other scholars, plus a multifaceted, holistic understanding of world history.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (CertHE, DipHE & BA)

  • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Cultures and Philosophies of Politics (20 credits; optional)
  • Death, Burial and the Afterlife (20 credits; optional)
  • Exploring the Humanities (20 credits; compulsory)
  • From Egypt to the Near East: Phenomena of the Mediterranean(20 credits; optional)
  • Gender, Sex, & Sexuality: Historical & Critical Perspectives (20 credits; optional)
  • Humans and Other Animals (20 credits; optional)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Morality, Ethics and Reason (20 credits; optional)
  • Myths and Mythology: How Stories Shape the World (20 credits; optional)
  • Power and Inequality (20 credits; optional)
  • The Colonial Project and the Humanities (20 credits; optional)
  • The Nature of Objects: Why Matter Matters (20 credits; optional).

Year Two – Level 5 (DipHE & BA)

  • Celtic Sanctity and Spirituality: Hagiography and Saints’ Cults (20 credits; optional) 
  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Classical Mythology In Roman and Medieval Times (20 credits; optional)
  • Confessing with Saint Augustine: God and Religion in the Twilight of the Roman Empire (20 credits; optional) 
  • Cults, Cures and Canonisation: Saints in the Middle Ages (20 credits; optional) 
  • Debating Medieval Identity: The Thrown Voices of The Canterbury Tales (20 credits; optional) 
  • Error and Sweet Violence: Shakespeare and Renaissance Comedy and Tragedy (20 credits; optional) 
  • Faith Seeking Understanding: God and Philosophy in the Middle Ages (20 credits; optional) 
  • From Attic to Audience: Engaging with the Public through Residencies, Festivals, Performances and Publication (20 credits; optional)
  • From Desert Myths to Sheep Tales: The Cistercians in the Middle Ages (20 credits; optional) 
  • From the Twilight of Rome to the Dawn of Islam: The World of Late Antiquity (AD 235-632) (20 credits; optional) 
  • Identity and Myth: The Normans and their World (20 credits; optional)
  • International Independent Study Module (40 credits; optional) 
  • International Independent Study Module (60 credits; optional) 
  • Latin 1 (20 credits; optional) 
  • Latin 2 (20 credits; optional) 
  • Latin 3 (20 credits; optional) 
  • Life of Muhammad (20 credits; optional)
  • Medicine and Miracles: Health, Illness, and Cure (20 credits; optional) 
  • Special Collections Research : The Roderic Bowen Library and Archives (20 credits; optional).

Year Three – Level 6 (BA)

  • Celtic Sanctity and Spirituality: Hagiography and Saints’ Cults (20 credits; optional) 
  • Classical Mythology In Roman and Medieval Times (20 credits; optional)
  • Confessing with Saint Augustine: God and Religion in the Twilight of the Roman Empire (20 credits; optional) 
  • Cults, Cures and Canonisation: Saints in the Middle Ages (20 credits; optional) 
  • Debating Medieval Identity: The Thrown Voices of The Canterbury Tales (20 credits; optional) 
  • Error and Sweet Violence: Shakespeare and Renaissance Comedy and Tragedy (20 credits; optional) 
  • Faith Seeking Understanding: God and Philosophy in the Middle Ages (20 credits; optional) 
  • From Attic to Audience: Engaging with the Public through Residencies, Festivals, Performances and Publication (20 credits; optional)
  • From Desert Myths to Sheep Tales: The Cistercians in the Middle Ages (20 credits; optional) 
  • From the Twilight of Rome to the Dawn of Islam: The World of Late Antiquity (AD 235-632) (20 credits; optional) 
  • Identity and Myth: The Normans and their World (20 credits; optional)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • International Independent Study Module (40 credits; optional) 
  • International Independent Study Module (60 credits; optional) 
  • Latin 1 (20 credits; optional) 
  • Latin 2 (20 credits; optional) 
  • Latin 3 (20 credits; optional) 
  • Life of Muhammad (20 credits; optional)
  • Medicine and Miracles: Health, Illness, and Cure (20 credits; optional) 
  • Special Collections Research : The Roderic Bowen Library and Archives (20 credits; optional).

Prospective students should be aware of the following:

  • Not all optional modules are offered every year
  • Optional modules are delivered subject to sufficient student numbers
  • Language modules are optional/compulsory/core according to linguistic ability
  • There are many Level 5 and Level 6 versions of the same module. Students can only take this module once; this depends on which year the modules are offered in.
Assessment

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and evidence-based argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. These skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management will provide you with a passport into employment and/or further study. The degree in Medieval Studies equips students for jobs in fields such as museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching. At Lampeter, we have a strong track-record of helping students progress to postgraduate study in Medieval Studies — both at MA and PhD level.

  • Academia
  • Business
  • General administrative and management posts; civil service.
  • Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
  • Journalism
  • Law and advocacy
  • Local Government, community, local politics
  • Postgraduate research
  • Teaching
Additional Costs

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit two hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500

Individual trips: c. £5 - £50

Related Courses

Ancient History (BA)
UCAS Code: V110

Celtic Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: CS01

Classics (BA)
UCAS Code: Q800

Conflict & War (BA)
UCAS Code: 9C3R

History (BA)
UCAS Code: V100

Bursary / Scholarship Information
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Further Information

Our students do not explore all forms of human social and cultural behaviour by simply sitting and listening to how other anthropologists understand the world, they experience what is to live like them themselves.

We focus particularly on applying and engaging with theory to address social issues. We recognise that practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures is the best way to understand the anthropological endeavour. If you choose to study with us you will be given plenty of opportunity to be an anthropologist — by applying the knowledge you learn in the classroom in the ‘real’ world.

If you would like to find out more, you can visit us on an Open Day.