What Will You Study

Drawing on modules from across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, particularly the Department of History, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies degree at Lancaster will develop your critical abilities within a vibrant department of like-minded students, tutors and expert scholars.

The first year of study is designed to extend and deepen your knowledge of the past and introduce you to some major historical topics and themes.  Using a wide range of primary sources, you’ll gain insights into how historians conduct research and interpret the past to better understand the reasons for changing historical interpretations.

The second part of your Medieval and Renaissance Studies degree is mostly taught in collaboration with the Department of English and Creative Writing and the Department of European Languages and Cultures. It allows you to study the history of the period between 300 and 1700 as well as the culture, languages, literature and politics of the time, ranging from Celtic Britain to 17th century Europe.

The Department of History is a thriving centre of historical teaching and research. The Department scored 97% overall satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey and our research environment was ranked 100% world leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014). The work of our Regional Heritage Centre puts us at the heart of the local historical community and enables us to offer a pioneering range of placements, with partners such as The National Trust and The Greater Manchester Museums Group.

All our teaching is informed by ground-breaking scholarship. Staff members have written dozens of books on subjects ranging from religious belief in Ancient Greece to the relations between Britain and Russia in the twentieth century. They also contribute to TV and radio programmes and provide advice to museums and galleries across Britain.