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Programme structure: Medieval Studies (MA) - what's running in 2020/21

Please note: you are viewing unit and programme information for a past academic year. Please see the current academic year for up to date information.

This programme is also available to study part-time over two years. Students must pass all units in TB1 in order to progress to the Diploma

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Research Skills for Medievalists AFACM1001 20 Mandatory TB-1
Introduction to Medieval Latin AFACM0013 20 Mandatory TB-1
History of the Book AFACM0012 20 Mandatory TB-2
Dissertation/Practice-led Project (Medieval Studies) AFACM0010 60 Mandatory AYEAR
Choose 60 CP of optional units from the list below
Placement (Medieval Studies) AFACM0011 20 Optional TB-2
Hero or traitor? Outlaws in Literature ENGL30069 20 Optional TB-2
Sex, Marriage, and Deviance in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras THRSM0109 20 Optional TB-2
The History of Christianity: Core Texts THRSM0001 20 Optional TB-1
The Public Role of the Humanities HUMSM0002 20 Optional TB-2
The Apocalypse in Culture and Society (1000-1500) HISTM0032 20 Optional TB-2
Chaucer and Chaucerians ENGL20061 20 Optional TB-2
Heresy and Reform in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras THRS20208 20 Optional TB-1
Religious Art (Reflective Art History Unit) HART30008 20 Optional TB-2
Global Cultures of the Book MODLM0015 20 Optional TB-2
Arthurian Literature ENGLM0079 20 Optional TB-2
The History of the Language of English Literature ENGLM0081 20 Optional TB-2
Old English Language and Literature ENGLM0080 20 Optional TB-2
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Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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