William Flynn teaching students about a manuscript

Research Degrees

We offer the following research degree:

• PhD (3 years full-time; 5-7 years part-time): 100,000 word dissertation maximum

All research students in medieval disciplines throughout the Faculty are welcome to use the facilities of the IMS and to take a full part in the academic and social life of the IMS.

We especially welcome research proposals in fields where Leeds has special strengths. These include liturgy and music; medieval warfare, crusades, tournaments and arms and armour; Carolingian history; Anglo-Saxon art, history and culture; monasticism, mendicancy, papacy in the central and late middle ages, religious culture and religious experience; European languages and their literatures, including medieval romances, Arthurian legend and Dante; gender studies; history of medicine and of everyday life; book art; art history and critical theory. Geographical areas of expertise cover: England from the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms to the later Middle Ages: Iberia, Italy, Africa and the Latin East; France, Germany, Scandinavia and the Baltic region

Students who have successfully completed the MA in Medieval Studies or related disciplines (particularly those who have achieved Distinction) are very well prepared for undertaking a higher degree by research.  Our PhD programme is unique in the UK in offering strong further training in skills (in particular source languages) in the first year and akin to the pattern in North American graduate schools, where the successful completion of a number of modules and a general examination are prerequisites for the commencement of the doctoral thesis.

Students considering undertaking a PhD should consider:

  • the rigour and range of module options, particularly in skills and methods;
  • the range and suitability of staff to support your prospective thesis topic;
  • the library facilities;
  • a good support network of other graduate students;
  • possibilities for financial support;
  • support with job-searches, opportunities for teaching and administrative experience; and
  • opportunities to present conference papers and for publication of research.

Before you apply you are strongly advised to contact Professor Emilia Jamroziak to seek advice on the choice of appropriate supervisors and area of study.