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Research opportunities in the Centre for Medieval Studies

Centre for Medieval Studies

About the Programme

As the oldest interdisciplinary centre for postgraduate study of the Middle Ages in the UK, the Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS) offers world-class teaching from expert academics. We are based at King's Manor in the heart of York, a city rich in medieval history.

Combining world-renowned expertise and research in Medieval Art and Architecture, Archaeology, Literature and History with unrivalled local resources, the Centre offers a truly interdisciplinary experience. The geographical and chronological interests of staff range widely across the Britain, Europe, the Middle East and Africa from the fifth to the fifteenth centuries.

Why us?

  • A diverse community of over 150 medieval scholars
  • All four principal contributing departments were ranked in the top five for their subject in Times Higher Education's ranking of the Research Excellence Framework (2014)
  • Home to York Medieval Press, an edited series of volumes publishing cutting-edge research in the Middle Ages
  • International network spanning across the UK, Europe, North America and Australia
  • Good working relations with institutions around York, such as English Heritage, the Council for British Archaeology and the York Archaeological Trust
  • Dedicated workroom with desks, wi-fi and printing facilities

The CMS is home to a wide range of major research projects. Staff lead projects on the Archbishops' Registers of York, medieval immigration, inquisition registers and the Archaeology of the Norman Conquest. Staff lead on projects on Archbishops of York, Medieval Literature, Heritage in Tanzania, and Food and Viking Identity. We seek and maintain close links with institutions, scholars and students beyond the UK, and are also involved with a number of international collaborative projects and student exchanges.

We offer:

  • A lively schedule of conferences, workshops and seminars with national and international researchers, with a range of extra-curricular reading and research groups
  • Unparalleled resources including the Minster Library and Archives, the King's Manor Library and the Borthwick Institute for Archives, as well as the Department of Archaeology's BioArCh lab and experimental archaeology facilities
  • Tuition in Medieval languages at multiple levels (Medieval Latin, Old English, Old French, Old Norse), palaeography and diplomatic

What next?

Check that your research interests align with the expertise of one of our staff. Once you've identified a potential supervisor, please contact them before applying to discuss your application and potential research areas.

Complete an application.

Contact us

+44 (0)1904 323910

Research degrees at the Centre for Medieval Studies
Research at the Centre for Medieval Studies
Centre for Medieval Studies


Funding for research degrees

Funding Notes

International and home PhDs have been supported through Wolfson Foundation funding and home PhDs are supported by the AHRC through White Rose College of Arts and Humanities.

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