What’s it like to do a PhD in Medieval History?
Throughout a Medieval History PhD, students will engage extensively with a variety of primary sources. Your resulting analysis should then be contextualised within the wider literature of your chosen field. While there are many topics of research to choose from, some popular historical themes include:
- Divinity and theology
- Influence of local cities
- Medieval literature
- Medieval music
- Movement and migration
Most PhD students of Medieval History will propose their own research project. There are a few advertised projects available each year but these are very limited. By the end of the degree you will have written up a 75,000 word thesis which is then assessed in an oral viva exam.
Throughout the degree there will be plenty of opportunities to develop you skills and engage with the wider academic community. Some common activities you may participate in include research trips, workshops, teaching undergraduates, presenting at conferences and publishing articles. Depending on your topic of study you may also have access to language courses.