Ph.D. On Campus

Medieval Studies

University of York

36 months
18900 GBP/year
4650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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York's Centre for Medieval Studies is the oldest interdisciplinary centre for postgraduate study of the Middle Ages in Great Britain, and it is also one of the most respected centres in the world. The Medieval Studies programme is offered by University of York.


It is one of the few institutions in the world where postgraduate students undertake interdisciplinary research in Medieval Studies. The faculty are world experts in their fields, the whole atmosphere is friendly and supportive, and a PhD from York is well regarded throughout the world when you move on to seek academic employment.

What can I study?

Students studying toward the Medieval Studies programme from University of York work on research projects that span or blur traditional disciplinary boundaries, and are supervised jointly by staff specializing in two different subject areas. Subject areas include Archaeology, Art and Architectural History, History (social, economic, political, cultural, ecclesiastical, intellectual and gender) and Literature (including Old and Middle English, Old Norse, Latin, Italian, French), Viking studies, codicology and palaeography.

They meet their supervisors together regularly, and are active participants in the research life of the Centre. Research students at the CMS are introduced to the benefits of collaborative work from an early stage in their research careers. To find out more about the kind of research that goes on at the CMS, have a look at staff research interests and what current students are working on: Staff research interests | Current PhD projects

Programme Structure

  • PhD students at the CMS are active contributors to the research life of one of the most vibrant communities of medievalists in the world, whether they are registered at the CMS itself or in one of the individual departments, whose medieval students participate in the academic and social life of the Centre as well as in their own Departments.
  • They convene research groups where they share their research in the company of teaching staff and fellow students, they participate in the regular research seminars, and they frequently attend talks given by visiting speakers.
  • Besides supervisions, research groups and seminars, research students have frequent and informal contact with members of staff and fellow students to discuss areas of mutual interest.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

In most cases, applications can be submitted year-round. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You can apply for this course using our online application system. If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.
  • We invite applications from candidates wishing to work in all the major areas of interest covered by the department's research expertise. The particular interests of individual staff are outlined on our staff pages, and this often includes recently supervised research topics.
  • Preliminary enquiries are welcomed and should be made as early as possible. Before writing your research proposals, we advise you to consult the list of staff research interests and try to identify potential supervisors in the Centre. They will be pleased to give you advice on the feasibility of your research ideas and offer feedback on a draft proposal. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18900 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4650 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • UK Part-time: £2,325
  • International/EU Part-time: £9,450

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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