The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) at the University of Kent is a collaborative centre for the study of the medieval and early modern periods. We offer expert supervision for research students the following research degree programmes: Medieval and Early Modern Studies MA, MPhil and PhD.
MEMS is a recognised centre of excellence in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. With 28 members of staff drawn from departments of English, History, Architecture, Classics and Archaeology, History and Philosophy of Art, as well as the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, MEMS brings together a diverse range of research expertise. Some highlights of our latest research include projects as wide-ranging as: Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship (1580-1800); Material Witness - The Interrogation for Physical Objects for Humanities Researchers and DocExplore - Discovering and Augmenting Historical Documents in the Digital Age.
Our students are encouraged to develop the intellectual and practical tools they need to embark on original research, from languages and palaeography to critical theory. The MEMS' 'Masterclass Series' brings visiting experts to the Centre to provide practical, skills-based training - for example editing from manuscript materials, codicological methodolgies, textual relations and stemmata.
There are opportunities throughout the year for students to present their own research in the weekly research seminar and at conferences. Additionally, the MEMS Working Papers Series showcases unpublished research and provides a platform for graduate students, academic staff and visitors of the University of Kent to present new results from their research. The Centre supports a lively Early Modern Discussion Group, and an Old English Reading Group to help enrich our programmes, and graduate students are encouraged to organise and attend a large number of research conferences and colloquia.
We have close relationships with the world-famous Canterbury Cathedral and the Canterbury Archaeological Trust which allow our students access to a wide range of unique historical, literary and material evidence.
A range of funding and scholarships is available for eligible students. Kent is part of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Research students will also be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, which represents a tuition-fee waiver and an opportunity to undertake paid teaching.
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A range of funding and scholarships View Website is available for eligible students. Kent is part of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Research students will also be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, which represents a tuition-fee waiver and an opportunity to undertake paid teaching.