Master of Studies in Medieval Studies

The regulations of the Board of the Faculty of History are as follows:

  • 1. Candidates for the M.St. in Medieval Studies must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction and directed research and must, upon entering the examination, produce from their society a certificate to that effect.

  • 2. Candidates must attend such lectures, seminars, classes as his or her supervisor, in consultation with the convenor of the M.St. in Medieval Studies, shall determine. These will include one compulsory language class over three terms, and candidates must attend any language tests set by their language teachers. The choice of languages includes Latin, Old English, Old Norse, Old French, Old High German, Old Irish, Middle Welsh, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic. Language and class teachers will report to the Chair of Examiners a candidate's attendance and participation, and where appropriate, test results not later than Monday of ninth week of Trinity Term.

  • 3. In Michaelmas Term all candidates will follow, as directed by the programme convenor, a series of classes on research methods relevant to their particular combination of disciplines. In Hilary Term candidates will follow a compulsory interdisciplinary seminar, on a theme chosen by the convenor of the M.St. which will exemplify the different but complementary approaches to medieval sources offered by individual disciplines. Candidates must provide evidence of attendance to the examiners.

  • 4. In each Michaelmas and Hilary Term candidates will take one Option Paper of their choice, from the subject options made available by the participating faculties in any given year and term. A descriptive list of option papers will be published by the Faculty of History in September for the academic year ahead (not all options may be available every year). The definitive list of option papers for any one year will be posted on the History Faculty's graduate notice board not later than Friday of third week of Michaelmas Full Term preceding the examination. For each of the two Option Papers candidates are to be assessed in the format prescribed by the procedures of the host programmes, provided the assessment does not exceed the equivalent of an essay of between 5,000 and 7,000 words. Candidates should consult the convenor of the Option Paper on the modes and timetables of the prescribed assessment.[For students starting before MT 2016: Essay submissions must be addressed to the Chair of Examiners for the M.St in Medieval Studies, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG, and handed in no later than 12 noon on Monday of first week of Trinity Term.] [For students starting from MT 2016: Essays must be uploaded to the Assignments section of the Medieval Studies WebLearn site no later than 12 noon on Monday of the first week of Trinity Term and accompanied by a declaration that the work is that candidate's own. Where the host programme specifies an earlier deadline that deadline will apply.]

  • 5. Candidates will choose a course of palaeography and/or codicology classes in one of the participating faculties. Unless otherwise instructed through the host programme, [For students starting before MT 2016: they must submit two copies of the assessment portfolio prescribed by the host programme no later than 12 noon on Monday of first week of Trinity Term to the Chair of Examiners, at the address above.] [For students starting from MT 2016: they must upload to the Assignments section of the Medieval Studies WebLearn site a copy of the assessment portfolio prescribed by the host programme no later than 12 noon on Monday of first week of Trinity Term. The portfolio should be accompanied by a declaration that the work is the candidate's own.]

  • 6. Candidates must choose, after due consultation with their supervisor, a topic for a dissertation based on their individual research. Candidates are required to [For students starting before MT 2016: submit two typewritten or printed copies of the dissertation, which shall not normally exceed 12,000 words, to the Chair of the Examiners, at the address above, at the latest by 12 noon on Monday of ninth week of Trinity Term. Each dissertation must include a short abstract which concisely summarises its scope and principal arguments, in about 300 words.] [For students starting from MT 2016: upload the dissertation, which shall not normally exceed 12,000 words, to the Assignments section of the Medieval Studies WebLearn site at the latest by 12 noon on Monday of ninth week of Trinity Term. It should be accompanied by a declaration that the work is the candidate's own. Each dissertation must include a short abstract which concisely summarises its scope and principal arguments, in about 300 words. This is not included in the dissertation word limit.]

  • 7. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates who have performed with special merit in the whole examination.

  • 8. A candidate who fails the examination will be permitted to retake it on one further occasion only, not later than one year after the initial attempt.

Such a candidate whose dissertation has been of satisfactory standard may resubmit the same piece of work, while a candidate who has reached a satisfactory standard on the written work will not be required to retake that part of the examination.