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History of the Crusades (MA)

Course Aims

The MA in the History of the Crusades offers students the opportunity to study the crusading expeditions to the Holy Land and within Europe during the period 1090–1450. The scheme draws together a wide range of expertise in Medieval History and Archaeology to provide a challenging and flexible programme of study.

Course Description

The MA in the History of the Crusades is a self-regulated year of further study, and provides a preparatory year for PhD candidates. It gives a thorough grounding in research skills and methods, theoretical concepts and the techniques of conducting and writing up an independent research project. Consisting partly of taught courses and partly of independent research, it draws together expertise in Medieval History and Archaeology to offer a challenging and flexible programme of study.

Teaching and research is tailored to the interests of individual students. Students take a total of 180 credits of modules, consisting of:

  • 20 credit module on research skills and methods
  • 20 credit module on approaches to Medieval History
  • 20 credit module on sources for the history of the crusades
  • 20 credit module on Palaeography
  • 20 credits of languages (Medieval Latin, Byzantine Greek or Arabic)
  • 20 credits of option modules selected by the student
  • 60 credit dissertation (topic or theme chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff).

Assessment is via essays or a combination of coursework and written examination, depending on the modules chosen.

Available Modules

Option modules cover the following topics:

  • Aspects of the History of the Crusades and the Latin East
  • Crusader Ideology
  • Kingdoms of the Crusaders
  • The Military Orders

Special Features

The MA in the History of the Crusades, based within the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of the Crusades, was established by leading international experts in the subject. It is taught by medievalists from the departments of History and Archaeology.

Skills Acquired

On completion of the MA students will be able to:

  • communicate ideas and arguments effectively;
  • formulate and justify arguments and conclusions, presenting appropriate supporting evidence
  • an ability to modify as well as to defend their own position
  • an ability to think critically and challenge assumptions
  • an ability to use a range of information technology resources to assist with information retrieval and assignment presentation
  • time management skills and an ability to work independently and organise their own study methods and workload
  • presentation skills to present their work to the rest of the team and to wider audiences
  • work effectively with others as part of a team or group in seminar or tutorial discussions

Career Prospects

Graduates of this and similar degree programmes have gone on to PhD programmes or into careers in the heritage sector, journalism, teaching, media research (media, commercial, academic), publishing and banking.

Entry Requirements

1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject.

Suitable for graduates in History, Archaeology and related humanities and social science disciplines.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Contact Information

Dr Gerwin Strobl

Position:Lecturer in History
Dr Gerwin Strobl
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75653Extension: 75653

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