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MPhil in Medieval History

Course Co-ordinator: Dr. Thomas W. Smith

The MPhil in Medieval History offers well-qualified graduates in History, the Humanities and the Social Sciences an introduction to research in the political, social, cultural and religious history of Ireland, Britain and continental Europe across the Middle Ages. This one-year programme (or two years part-time) is designed to introduce students to a wide range of issues in, and approaches to, medieval history while also providing students with a rigorous training in research methods and relevant skills. The programme is built around the excellent research resources in both TCD and Dublin for the study of medieval history. The programme reflects the full range of exciting new research currently being undertaken in medieval history within the Department of History and School of Histories & Humanities. The course may also serve as an introduction to graduate study for students intending to pursue doctoral studies in medieval history.

The course aims to provide graduates with a critical awareness of key issues and questions in medieval history and a firm foundation in the research process. Students will be trained in the analysis and the presentation of their research findings and introduced to the methodological challenges of conducting research at postgraduate level. Each module within the degree programme introduces students to a defined theme or problem within medieval history, providing a tightly focused and in-depth introduction to a range of contemporary sources, interpretative problems and current debates. Through exploring these issues, approaches and methodologies, the M.Phil. in Medieval History is designed to equip students with both the analytical and practical skills required for independent historical research.

Entry Requirements

Applications are normally accepted only from persons with a first or upper second class degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate Arts or Social Sciences discipline, e.g. history, philosophy, language studies, literature, political science, or European studies. Applicants with English as a foreign language should be aware that this course involves extensive written assessment. A high standard of English is therefore required: please contact the course coordinator to discuss this question.

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Last updated 7 March 2017 (Email).