Medieval History

Entry Year: 2019

2 study options

Medieval History BA (Hons)

Key information

BA (Hons)
3 years
September 2019
UCAS code
Institution code
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
International fees
Funding information
Paying your fees

Medieval History with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

BA (Hons)
4 years
September 2019
UCAS code
Institution code
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
International fees
Funding information
Paying your fees
Medieval History


Are you fascinated by the Middle Ages and the rich diversity of medieval cultures?

Queen Mary is the only Russell Group university to offer a specialist degree in Medieval History. Taught by a team of internationally recognised academics, the programme examines the history and culture of Britain, Europe and the Islamic World during the Middle Ages, exploring medieval religious cultures, the place of women and minorities in medieval society, and the history of the Crusades.

Your first year will introduce you to the diversity of the Middle Ages and to the full range of sources used by historians, including non-written evidence such as archaeological material. You will then have the freedom to shape your own studies from a comprehensive range of medieval, early modern and modern options, such as the Norman Conquest, Convent Life in Renaissance Europe and Building the American Nation.

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You can complete your Medieval History degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1


  • Europe 1000-1500: The Middle Ages and their Legacy
  • Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History
  • History in Practice
  • Reformation to Revolution: Europe and the World, 1500-1800
  • The Medieval World: Structures and Mentalities

Choose from

  • Building the American Nation: 1756-1900
  • Europe in a Global Context since 1800
  • Life and Death in the Victorian Home
  • Race and the Desire for Difference
  • Screening History: Representing the Past in the Contemporary Historical Film
  • The Foundations of Modern Thought: Introduction to Intellectual History
  • Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2


  • Latin for Medievalists I

Choose from over 50 modules, including

  • Beer, Books and Longbows: the World of Medieval Objects
  • Medieval London: Pubs, Plague-pits and Cathedrals
  • Outsiders in the Middle Ages
  • The Crusades (1095-1291)
  • Women and Gender in Late Medieval England, c.1300-c.1500
  • Women and Gender in Medieval Islam

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3


  • Apocalypse Now: Crisis, Change and later Medieval Mentalities

History special subject and dissertation module in one of 15+ subjects, which may include:

  • Saladin, Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade
  • Slaves on Horses: State and Society under the Mamluks
  • The Enthronement of Learning: Medieval Universities and their Legacy

Choose from over 50 modules, including

  • 1066! The Norman Conquest
  • Islam and the West in the Middle Ages
  • The Hussites: Reform, Revolution and Apocalypse in the Fifteenth Century
  • The Reform of Islam: the Legacy of Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328)
  • The World of the Nun: Convent Life in Renaissance Europe

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Medieval History BA with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

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Among the great things about my course, the best aspect is the wide scope of new medieval themes, periods and personalities that Medieval History allows me to study in far greater depth than I have ever been able to before.


Teaching and learning

For each module you’ll have two hours of weekly contact time, usually in the form of a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour seminar.

Formal teaching is supplemented by one-to-one discussions in staff office hours and feedback sessions.

For every hour spent in class, you'll complete a further two to three hours of independent study. This time is spent reading, preparing for study sessions, working on projects and revising for exams.


Assessment typically involves a combination of examinations and coursework, or coursework only. Coursework may include essays, diaries, case-studies and oral presentations.

In your final year you’ll work on a dissertation worth 25% of your final year mark, researching a specialised area of history that particularly interests you.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent resources to aid your studies, including:

  • membership of the Queen Mary Library, the University of London Library at Senate House, and reading access to other college libraries within the University of London
  • a vibrant History Society
  • the Queen Mary History Journal, a major scholarly publication stocked by the British Library, which is written, produced and edited entirely by students
  • a central London location that offers ready access to a wealth of world-class libraries, archives, museums and galleries
  • opportunities to attend Public History Unit Lectures.


Entry requirements

Medieval History - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include History at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in History modules at Distinction.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Medieval History with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.


Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


As a history graduate, you can apply your degree knowledge directly to a career in museums, education or the arts and heritage sector. Our graduates are also highly employable in other sectors and commonly enter roles in publishing, journalism, policy, consumer and social research, management consulting and the Civil Service – making use of skills gained from the programme, including verbal and written communication, research, critical analysis and attention to detail.

Recent graduates from the School of History have been hired by:

  • Bank of England
  • Croud Marketing
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Gillamor Stephens
  • J.P. Morgan
  • LexisNexis.

Career support

The School of History has a dedicated Careers Consultant who can offer specialist advice. We hold an annual ‘History Futures’ event where you can meet former students and discover how their studies have helped them progress in their career.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

About the School

The School of History is ranked 11th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. Our staff are at the forefront of research in their respective fields - world-leading scholars engaged in innovative teaching and bringing history to the wider public on TV and radio.

We regularly collaborate with other institutions such as the Royal Collection Trust, the National Maritime Museum, the Geffrye Museum and the V&A – giving you unique opportunities to meet curators and attend private viewings.

The School is home to a number of exciting research centres, including Centres for the Study of the History of Political Thought, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and the History of the Emotions, so the teaching you receive is informed by leading-edge research.

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