Canterbury Christ Church University - BA Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Canterbury Christ Church University

BA Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Our Canterbury Campus, located in a UNESCO World Heritage site and right in the heart of a Medieval cathedral city, is the perfect place to study Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

The course gives you the chance to study world history and culture from the end of the Roman Empire to the French Revolution.

Whilst our approach is global and comparative, we are fortunate to have many inspiring historical locations nearby. Canterbury Cathedral and Dover Castle are just two local sites of interest that you’ll study.

Entry Requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course

Career Prospects

This course offers a pathway into Medieval Studies at postgraduate level and many universities both in the UK and abroad offer postgraduate taught and research degrees in the Medieval/Early Modern Studies. Employers value the skills that a Medieval/Early Modern Studies graduate brings with them, including the ability to discern the vital from the less important in a mass of data, to analyse and think critically, to problem solve, and to express themselves lucidly and cogently both on paper and orally. Graduates in the Humanities have gone on to work in a wide variety of areas including print and television journalism, business and management, industry, advertising, law, armed forces, local government, archives administration, public administration, finance, education, museums, heritage and leisure.

Course Details

During Year 1, you will become familiar with the different approaches that scholars have taken to the pre-modern period. Along the way, you will also gain a variety of insights into the medieval and early modern periods thanks to the inter-disciplinary nature of this degree programme, which draws on expertise from history, archaeology, literature, and theology specialists.

In Year 2, you'll have flexibility to choose from optional modules focusing on particular periods and events. The modules will expose you to many fascinating topics, so that you can identify your own specialist areas of interest in preparation for your final year.

In Year 3, you'll continue to take optional modules focusing on topics such as such as literature and politics, problems in society or Shakespeare.

Using the knowledge and expertise you've acquired throughout the course, you'll apply yourself to a final year dissertation. You'll carry out research under the supervision of a member of the teaching team and will be able to demonstrate your expertise in specific aspects of medieval and early modern studies.


Year 1

Beginning Medieval & Early Modern Studies
Making Your Mark
Archaeology of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Europe in the Age of the Vikings
Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution in the Early Modern World
The Nature of Literature

Year 2

Applied Humanities: Employability in Practice
Text and Sources for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Castles in Medieval Society
The Crusades, c.1095- 1229
Anarchy, Law, War and Tyranny: Angevin England, 1128-1216
The Age of the Tudors, 1485-1603
The Military Revolution: War and the Making of the Modern World, c.1500-1800
Women, Power and Patronage in Elizabethan England, 1558-1603
Sex, Deviance and Death in the Sixteenth Century
Life and Death in Medieval Europe
The Once and Future King: Arthurian Literature
Elizabethan Theatre
Jacobean Theatre
Radicalisation and Retreat: Political Landscapes in Early Modern Literature
Eighteenth-Century Fiction: Bunyan to Smollett
Creeds, Councils and Controversies

Year 3

Independent Study
From Norsemen to Normans: Pirates and Princes
King Stephen, Empress Matilda and the Anarchy: The Anglo-Norman Dominions, 1120- 54
Queens, Maidens and Dowagers: Women in Medieval England
From Richard II to The Wars of the Roses: Politics and Society, 1377 -1509
The Crown and the Republic: The British Civil Wars 1625-1660
The Stuart State: Britain, 1603-1714
Poverty, Prostitution, Plague: The Problems of English Society, 1600-1800
Literature and Politics in Late Medieval England
Topics in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Topics in Shakespeare and Shakespeare’s Background
Classical Christian Mysticism

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