The Taught MA MEMS is a highly diverse, interdisciplinary programme associated with the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS). It covers a wide and exciting range of topics from Late Antiquity to the late eighteenth century, with a global range from the Silk Road to the Viking North.
At IMEMS, we provide a lively environment in which students can participate in a multifaceted approach to the period 300AD-1800 and its legacy, with workshops, seminars, and other activities ranging from fieldwork to research-led performance practice.
We encourage our MA MEMS students to explore Durham's world-class Libraries and Collections, as well as the tangible and intangible heritage of its UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Durham Cathedral possesses the finest collection of medieval manuscripts of any of its English peers. At the Renaissance architectural complex on Palace Green, you will find a fully preserved seventeenth-century library, established by Bishop John Cosin. Ushaw College holds thousands of medieval and early modern books, manuscripts, and artefacts, including the cope worn at the coronation of King Richard III in 1483. Durham University’s Museum of Archaeology invites the study of early leatherwork, textiles, bones, wood and pottery. The Oriental Museum is devoted to art and archaeology from the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Asia to Japan; its Chinese and Egyptian collections are among the finest in Britain. At Auckland Castle, the University sponsors the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art.
IMEMS rallies one of the largest groups of medieval and early modern specialists anywhere in the world. Our MA MEMS students thus work with experts across the Arts and Humanities, and Social and Physical Sciences, as well as with industry professionals in our libraries and museums.
We provide a lively environment in which students can participate in a multifaceted approach to the period 300AD-1800 and its legacy, with workshops, seminars, and other activities ranging from fieldwork to research-led performance practice.
I was hands on with primary sources from day one. The professors are always happy to chat. Working around the Castle and Cathedral really brings history to life on a daily basis.
Our MA students become members of the Durham Medieval and Early Modern Student association (MEMSA), which organises a range of seminars, community outreach activities, social activities, and an annual conference.
MEMSA is fully supported by IMEMS and provides opportunities to present papers on your research, devise small-scale courses for non-specialist members of the public, or gain experience by working with larger research projects currently running in the University in the area or medieval and early modern studies.
As an MA MEMS student, you will
The University offers a range of scholarships and funding opportunities. Of particular interest may be:
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities MA Bursary Scheme (all applications recieved by the general deadline set by the Faculty)
The Durham Alumni Discount Scheme (all Durham alumni)
The Hatfield Lioness Scholarship (female students from a developing country where access to tertiary education is limited)
Chevening Scholarship (applicants from all Chevening-eligible countries)
Please check the particulars using the links provided and visit the University fees and funding pages for details of further scholarship and funding opportunities that may be of interest to you.