This 11-month programme is the standard entry route to graduate work in Medieval History at Oxford. Students will follow core and optional courses, but will spend between a third and half of their time doing independent research. The course can be taken as a free-standing degree programme, or as the first step to doctoral research. The aim of the course is to enable students to understand the way their work fits in to the wider developments of the subject in the last fifty years; to be critical of those developments; to understand in depth one major research field; to learn or improve a non-English language (usually Latin); and to write a developed piece of original work. This degree balances taught courses and independent research. Students will construct the contents and work pattern of the research element of the degree in close and regular discussion with their supervisor. All medievalists will be offered Latin language training.
Students on this programme will: