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Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Research), Ph.D.

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University rank #351 (WUR) Canterbury, United Kingdom
The Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Research) programme runs a weekly research seminar to which University of Kent welcomes distinguished national and international speakers.


The students in the Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Research) programme offered by University of Kent are encouraged to develop the intellectual and practical tools they need to embark on original research, from languages and palaeography to critical theory. 

The MEMS' 'Masterclass Series' brings visiting experts to the Centre to provide practical, skills-based training - for example editing from manuscript materials, codicological methodolgies, textual relations and stemmata.

There are opportunities throughout the year for students to present their own research in the weekly research seminar and at conferences. Additionally, the MEMS Working Papers Series showcases unpublished research and provides a platform for graduate students, academic staff and visitors of the University of Kent to present new results from their research. The Centre supports a lively Early Modern Discussion Group, and an Old English Reading Group to help enrich our programmes, and graduate students are encouraged to organise and attend a large number of research conferences and colloquia.

The historic city of Canterbury itself provides a rich environment for research, and we have close relationships with Canterbury Cathedral and the Canterbury Archaeological Trust which allow our students access to a wide range of unique historical, literary and material evidence.

MEMS Working Papers Series

The MEMS Working Papers Series showcases unpublished research by members of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) and other University of Kent scholars working on the period between c. 400 and 1800. The Series provides a platform for graduate students, academic staff and visitors of the University of Kent to present new results from their research. MEMS Working Papers should be in an advanced stage of development but not yet ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. 

The Series welcomes contributions from a wide variety of disciplines and geographical areas focusing on the medieval and early modern periods. We are now inviting submissions for the MEMS Working Papers Series.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure


  • Bishops, Canon Law and the Making of the Medieval Church, 875–1025 - Dr Edward Roberts
  • Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship (1580-1800) - Dr Jan Loop
  • 'Picture this...' - Dr Stuart Palmer
  • 'The Paper Stage': - Dr Harry Newman and Dr Clare Wright
  • DocExplore: - Professor Catherine Richardson
  • Ways of Seeing the English Domestic Interior - Professor Catherine Richardson
  • European cultural, religious and intellectual history in the period 1150-1850 - Dr Jan Loop

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

All candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree (First or high 2:1). To be eligible for this studentship, candidates must make a formal application for a taught MA with MEMS at the University of Kent .

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Canterbury

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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