PhD Medieval Studies University of Lincoln
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As a medieval city, Lincoln provides an ideal backdrop to undertake your research. You will have access to a wealth of local resources, including our established Medieval Studies Research Group.
Research students can benefit from a broad range of academic expertise in the Roman and medieval history of the British Isles, Western Europe, and the Mediterranean (with a focus on the Iberian Peninsula), along with gender and literary studies; social, political, economic, legal, religious and cultural history; archaeology; medievalism; and the history of emotions.
Students have access to support and training that aim to develop the practical and critical skills necessary for investigation and study at the doctoral level.
The Medieval Studies Research Group organise research activities and events that provide a stimulating and inclusive environment in which postgraduate students are encouraged to contribute by discussing and debating theoretical concepts with fellow students, scholars, and visiting academics.
Strong links exist within our College of Arts - specifically with the Lincoln School of Film and Media and Journalism. An interdisciplinary research culture facilitates collaboration with colleagues across a wide range of topics.
For any specific queries, please contact the Programme Leader and/or any member of the Medieval Studies Research Group.
How You Study
Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, a significant amount of time will be spent on independent study and research. Full-time students will meet with their academic supervisors once a month; part-time students will meet with their academic supervisors every other month.
Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching
At the University of Lincoln, we strive to ensure our students’ experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted to Government guidance to keep our students, staff, and community safe. All remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England were lifted in February 2022 under the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid-19, and we have embraced a safe return to in-person teaching on campus. Where appropriate, face-to-face teaching is enhanced by the use of digital tools and technology and may be complemented by online opportunities where these support learning outcomes.
We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance make this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed.
How You Are Assessed
A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of the student's thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce). They are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theories or understandings.
Fees and Funding
For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study.
Our MPhil/PhD programme relies on the research expertise and collaboration of members of our Medieval Studies Research Group.
We also collaborate with the Global and Transregional Studies Research Group and with the EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) Committee of the School of History and Heritage.
We have a strong relationship with the wider scholarly and professional community including Lincoln Cathedral Library and Archives, with whom we collaborate in our teaching and research. We also collaborate closely with:
- The Society for the Medieval Mediterranean
- The Lincoln Record Society
- Royal Historical Society
- The Noblewomen Network
- The Historical Association
- International Arthurian Society (British Branch)
- Pipe Roll Society
- British Archaeological Association
- Society for Medieval Archaeology
- Medieval Settlement Research Group
- International Association for Robin Hood Studies
- International Society for the Study of Medievalism
- MAMO – The Middle Ages in the Modern World
Entry Requirements 2023-24
Relevant Master's degree.
Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element.
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses.
These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.
English Language Requirements
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