Medieval Studies


Medieval Studies: Introduction

Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs

Medieval Studies

MA and PhD

  • Fields:
    • Auxiliary Sciences;
    • History and Religion;
    • Language and Literature;
    • Music and Art;
    • Philosophy and Theology

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

Overview

The Centre for Medieval Studies is concerned with the history, thought, and artistic expression of the various cultures of Europe and adjacent regions over the course of a millennium (circa 500 to 1500). The Centre for Medieval Studies in Toronto has an international reputation, resting on the wide-ranging interests of its faculty, the calibre and preparation of its graduates, and its outstanding library facilities.

The Centre for Medieval Studies provides interdepartmental programs in the medieval period. Students are expected to cross the limits of traditional subjects, and research is especially encouraged in often-neglected boundary areas between traditional departments.

The centre offers its students training in basic skills and tools in order to read the materials remaining from the medieval past and to explore them with learning and imagination. All students entering the centre are asked to improve their proficiency in Latin before registration, since there are Medieval Latin requirements for all degrees. Examinations in Medieval Latin are set at the beginning of the Fall session and at the end of the Spring session. All incoming students must take the Level One Latin examination at the beginning of the Fall session for placement purposes.

Contact and Address

Web: medieval.utoronto.ca
Email: medieval.studies@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-4884

Centre for Medieval Studies
University of Toronto
3rd Floor, 125 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7
Canada


Medieval Studies: Graduate Faculty


Medieval Studies: Medieval Studies MA

Master of Arts

Program Description

Students may be admitted to a one-year MA program as full-time or part-time.

Students may obtain an MA in Medieval Studies by coursework or by a combination of coursework plus thesis.

 

MA Program (Coursework Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Centre for Medieval Studies' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with an average grade of at least a B+ in previous courses. Coursework in the medieval period must have formed part of the program.

  • Applicants are required to have taken at least one full-year Latin introductory course with a grade of at least B+ or equivalent.

  • Applicants for the MA degree, full-time and part-time, must:

    • Follow the application instructions on the department's website.

    • Complete forms in which they state the reasons for undertaking graduate studies in the medieval area and their qualifications for applying to do so.

Program Requirements

  • MA students must pass the Level One Medieval Latin examination upon arrival or else attain credit in MST1000Y (1.0 full-course equivalent [FCE]) in the first year of enrolment in the MA program.

  • For the coursework option, students:

    • Who pass the Level One Latin examination upon arrival must successfully complete 3.0 FCEs.

    • Who do not pass the Level One Latin examination on arrival must successfully complete 4.0 FCEs (including MST1000Y).

  • In the MA program, course training in Latin is given at two levels. All students are expected to arrive with knowledge equivalent to at least a first-year university course in Latin language. MST1000Y Medieval Latin I is the MA-level course. While this course is preparatory to the departmental Level One Latin examination, a pass in the course does not guarantee a pass of the departmental examination at the corresponding level. Advanced seminars are open to those MA students who have achieved a pass of the Level Two Latin examination.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

 

MA Program (Coursework-Plus-Thesis Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Centre for Medieval Studies' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with an average grade of at least a B+ in previous courses. Coursework in the medieval period must have formed part of the program.

  • Applicants are required to have taken at least one full-year Latin introductory course with a grade of at least B+ or equivalent.

  • Applicants for the MA degree, full-time and part-time, must:

    • Follow the application instructions on the department's website.

    • Complete forms in which they state the reasons for undertaking graduate studies in the medieval area and their qualifications for applying to do so.

Program Requirements

  • MA students must pass the Level One Medieval Latin examination upon arrival or else attain credit in MST1000Y (1.0 FCE) in Year 1 of the MA program.

  • For the coursework-plus-thesis option, students must successfully complete:

    • Coursework: 3.0 FCEs or 2.0 FCEs plus a pass at the Level One Latin examination upon arrival in the program.

    • A thesis. An MA thesis must be on a topic approved by the Centre for Medieval Studies. The topic must be submitted to the Centre by November 30 of the MA year.

  • In the MA program, course training in Latin is given at two levels. All students are expected to arrive with knowledge equivalent to at least a first-year university course in Latin language. MST1000Y Medieval Latin I is the MA-level course. While this course is preparatory to the departmental Level One Latin examination, a pass in the course does not guarantee a pass of the departmental examination at the corresponding level. Advanced seminars are open to those MA students who have achieved a pass of the Level Two Latin examination.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time


Medieval Studies: Medieval Studies PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The PhD is offered only on a full-time basis. Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of a master’s degree in medieval studies or a related field; or 2) direct entry after completing an appropriate bachelor’s degree.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS)'s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants enter with a master's degree in medieval studies or a related field from a recognized university with an average grade of at least A– in the applicant's overall program. Students in the CMS MA program must apply formally for admission to the PhD program on the same basis as all other applicants.

  • All applicants must:

    • Follow the application instructions on the department's website.

    • Complete the forms in which they state the reasons for undertaking graduate studies in the medieval area and their qualifications for applying to do so.

    • Pass the Level One Latin examination before they may register in the PhD program.

Program Requirements

  • During Years 1 and 2, students must take a minimum of 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), i.e., 2.0 FCEs in a major field and 1.0 FCE in a minor field. In view of the CMS's interdepartmental nature, some of these courses on the Middle Ages can be taken in other departments, with the approval of the PhD coordinator. MST1001Y may not be counted towards the 1.0 FCE minor field requirements or included in the 3.0 FCEs minimum for the degree; but it must be taken in addition to the 3.0 FCEs minimum by all those who do not pass the Level Two Latin examination right before or upon arrival in the program. In addition to the 3.0 FCEs minimum, MST1003H Professional Development for Medieval Studies PhDs (Credit /No Credit) must be taken by all students over the course of the first three years of registration.

  • In the PhD program, course training in Latin is given at two levels. MST1001Y Medieval Latin II is the PhD-level course. While this course is preparatory to the departmental Level Two Latin examination, a pass in the course does not guarantee a pass of the departmental examination at the corresponding level. Advanced seminars are open to those with either prior credit in MST1001Y or else a pass of the Level Two Latin examination. These seminars thus serve both advanced students of medieval Latin as well as those who have passed MST1001Y but require further training in order to achieve the Level Two Latin examination pass.

  • By the end of the Fall session of Year 2, students should have a full Advisory Committee, consisting of a supervisor and two other members. The Advisory Committee must be formally approved by the PhD coordinator.

  • During the Spring session of the same academic year, students should develop the Special Field Proposal in consultation with the Advisory Committee. The proposal must be prepared according to CMS guidelines and consists of three documents:

    • The Reading List (minimum 150 and maximum 250 items, including both primary and secondary sources) — should be submitted to the Advisory Committee members by June 30 of Year 2.

    • A brief (one to two pages) description of scope of the Reading List.

    • The Special Field Proposal Form, which alone should be submitted to the PhD coordinator and graduate administrator at this time.

  • Special Field Examination: the purpose is to demonstrate both the student's scholarly expertise in the particular area of doctoral dissertation and a broader academic competence. The Special Field Examination consists of the following:

    • The Field paper (approximately 8,000 to 12,000 words, including footnotes) — should be submitted to the Advisory Committee members and the CMS Executive Committee for approval by January 15 of Year 3.

    • The Syllabus — should be submitted, together with the final version of the Field paper, to the Advisory Committee members by March 31 of Year 3.

    • The Special Field Examination — a two-hour-long oral exam to be held by April 30 of Year 3, and graded on a pass/fail basis. The Advisory Committee, in consultation with the Executive Committee, has the discretion to determine if a student may retake the Special Field Examination. Only one retake is permitted and must take place within two months of the first exam. Students who do not pass the Special Field Examination before the beginning of Year 4 will be recommended to SGS for termination of registration.

  • Students must pass the Level Two Latin examination and the CMS's examinations in the French and German languages before moving on to the Special Field Examination. In exceptional cases, a student may petition to replace one of the modern languages (French and German) with another language in their area of research. A written request, with a signed confirmation of support for the petition from the supervisor, must be submitted as early as possible, and no later than the end of the Fall session of Year 2 for consideration by the Executive Committee. In the case of a successful petition, the student will be expected to take the exam no later than the next examination date. Such substitute examinations will be offered no more than two times per year (April and September). Failure to pass all the language exams by the end of Year 3 leads to an automatic failure of the Special Field Examination and thus, to termination from the program.

  • The candidate will be required to defend the dissertation at the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • It is possible to complete a PhD in Medieval Studies in four years, but most students, depending on their background preparation, find that it takes at least five years.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS)'s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants enter with an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with an average grade of at least A– in the applicant's overall program. Coursework in the medieval period must have formed part of the program.

  • All applicants must:

    • Follow the application instructions on the department's website.

    • Complete the forms in which they state the reasons for undertaking graduate studies in the medieval area and their qualifications for applying to do so.

    • Pass the Level One Latin examination before they may register in the PhD program.

Program Requirements

  • During Years 1, 2, and 3, students must take a minimum of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including 2.0 FCEs in a major field and 1.0 FCE in a minor field. In view of the CMS's interdepartmental nature, some of these courses on the Middle Ages can be taken in other departments, with the approval of the PhD coordinator. MST1001Y may not be counted towards the 1.0 FCE minor field requirements or included in the 5.0 FCEs minimum for the degree, but it must be taken in addition to the 5.0 FCEs minimum by all those who do not pass the Level Two Latin examination right before or upon arrival in the program. In addition to the 5.0 FCEs minimum, MST1003H Professional Development for Medieval Studies PhDs (Credit /No Credit) must be taken by all students over the course of the first three years of registration.

  • In the PhD program, course training in Latin is given at two levels. MST1001Y Medieval Latin II is the PhD-level course. While this course is preparatory to the departmental Level Two Latin examination, a pass in the course does not guarantee a pass of the departmental examination at the corresponding level. Advanced seminars are open to those with either prior credit in MST1001Y or else a pass of the Level Two Latin examination. These seminars thus serve both advanced students of medieval Latin as well as those who have passed MST1001Y but require further training in order to achieve the Level Two Latin examination pass.

  • By the end of the Fall session of Year 3, students should have a full Advisory Committee, consisting of a supervisor and two other members. The Advisory Committee must be formally approved by the PhD coordinator.

  • During the Spring session of the same academic year, students should develop the Special Field Proposal in consultation with the Advisory Committee. The proposal must be prepared according to CMS guidelines and consists of three documents:

    • The Reading List (minimum 150 and maximum 250 items, including both primary and secondary sources) — should be submitted to the Advisory Committee members by June 30 of Year 2.

    • A brief (one to two pages) description of scope of the Reading List.

    • The Special Field Proposal Form, which alone should be submitted to the PhD coordinator and graduate administrator at this time.

  • Special Field Examination: the purpose is to demonstrate both the student's scholarly expertise in the particular area of doctoral dissertation and a broader academic competence. The Special Field Examination consists of the following:

    • The Field paper (approximately 8,000 to 12,000 words, including footnotes) — should be submitted to the Advisory Committee members and the CMS Executive Committee for approval by January 15 of Year 3;

    • The Syllabus — should be submitted, together with the final version of the Field paper, to the Advisory Committee members by March 31 of Year 3.

    • The Special Field Examination — a two-hour-long oral exam to be held by April 30 of Year 3, and graded on a pass/fail basis. The Advisory Committee, in consultation with the Executive Committee, has the discretion to determine if a student may retake the Special Field Examination. Only one retake is permitted and must take place within two months of the first exam. Students who do not pass the Special Field Examination before the beginning of Year 4 will be recommended to SGS for termination of registration.

  • Students must pass the Level Two Latin examination and the CMS's examinations in the French and German languages before moving on to the Special Field Examination. In exceptional cases, a student may petition to replace one of the modern languages (French and German) with another language in their area of research. A written request, with a signed confirmation of support for the petition from the supervisor, must be submitted as early as possible, and no later than the end of the Fall session of Year 2 for consideration by the Executive Committee. In the case of a successful petition, the student will be expected to take the exam no later than the next examination date. Such substitute examinations will be offered no more than two times per year (April and September). Failure to pass all the language exams by the end of the Spring session of Year 4 leads to an automatic failure of the Special Field Examination and thus to termination from the program.

  • The candidate will be required to defend the dissertation at the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • It is possible to complete a direct-entry PhD in Medieval Studies in five years but some students, depending on their background preparation, find that it takes longer than five years. Students intending to work in an area of medieval studies that requires the acquisition of one or more extra languages may find that it is not possible to complete a doctorate within five years.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years


Medieval Studies: Medieval Studies MA, PhD Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS)' website which lists the courses that will be offered this year as well as those offered by associated departments. A graduate course is understood to require at least two hours per week of class meeting and such research hours as may be required. Courses marked (PR) have prerequisites; visit the CMS website for details about prerequisites.

Art History

Course Code Course Title
FAH1118H
The Medieval Treasury
FAH1119H
Global Medieval Art in China
FAH1125H
Medieval Pilgrimage Art and Architecture
FAH1127H
Early Medieval Art

Book History and Print Culture

Course Code Course Title
BKS1001H
Introduction to Book History
BKS1002H
Book History in Practice
BKS2000H
Advanced Seminar in Book History and Print Culture
BKS2001H
Individual Practicum in Book History and Print Culture

Classics

Course Code Course Title
CLA5007H
Criticism of Latin Poetry

Comparative Literature

Course Code Course Title
COL5032H
Feminist Approaches to Medieval Literature
COL5086H
Literature, Culture, and Contact in Medieval Iberia

English

Course Code Course Title
ENG1001H
Old English I
ENG1002H
Introduction to Old English II: Beowulf
ENG1009H
Writing the Nation: Pre-modern Historigraphies
ENG1011H
Economies of Medieval Drama: East Anglia, Kent, Sussex
ENG1551H
The Canterbury Tales
ENG1552H
Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and Other Works

French Language and Literature

Course Code Course Title
FRE1164H
Initiation au français médiéval
FRE1203H
Séminaire de littérature II : période

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Course Code Course Title
GER1200H
Middle High German

History

Course Code Course Title
HIS1213H
Medieval Institutes of Perfection (joint graduate/undergraduate)
HIS1215H
Social Change in Medieval England, 1154–1279
HIS1221H
Topics in Early Modern European Social History
HIS1283H
Crusades, Conversion, and Colonialization in the Medieval Baltic (joint graduate/undergraduate)

Italian Studies

Course Code Course Title
ITA1200H
Dante
ITA1202H
Dante as a Reader of Augustine's City of God: Augustinian Textual Communities at the Beginning of the 14th Century
ITA1203H
Boccaccio
ITA1330H
Petrarch and Petrarchism
ITA1535H Topics in Italian Literature
ITA1540H
Renaissance Italian Theatre
ITA1597H
The Commedia dell'Arte

Medieval Studies

Course Code Course Title
MST1000Y
Medieval Latin I
MST1001Y
Medieval Latin II
MST1002H
Advanced Medieval Latin: Boethius (PR)
MST1003H Professional Development for Medieval Studies PhDs (Credit/No Credit)
MST1015H
Medieval Representation of Sexual Dissidence
MST1020H
The Medieval Latin Epic (PR)
MST1021H The Bibliographic Imagination in the Middle Ages
MST1022H Transmission and Reception: the Survival and Use of the Latin Classics
(Prerequisite: Level One Latin Pass, or permission of instructor. MST1104H or MST1105H is recommended.)
MST1023H Early Medieval Latin and Greek Poetry
MST1101H
Codicology (PR)
MST1102H
Practical Palaeography (PR)
MST1104H
Latin Palaeography I (PR)
MST1105H
Paleography II (PR)
MST1107H
Latin Textual Criticism (PR)
MST1110H
Diplomatics and Diplomatic Editing (PR)
MST1115H
English Palaeography (PR)
MST1327H Death, Dying, and Society in Medieval Northern Europe
MST1370H From Farm to Market: Social and Economic Transformation in Medieval Europe
MST1371H
Old English Philology: Grammar (PR)
MST1372H Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: the Great Divergence Debate
MST1373H English Language and Literature in Transition, 1100–1250
MST1383H Poetry and Prose of the Vercelli Book
MST1384H
The Exeter Book of Old English Verse (PR)
MST1388H The Junius Manuscript: Old Testament Narratives
(Prerequisite: ENG1001H or equivalent.)
MST1398H Alfredian Prose
(Prerequisite: ENG1001H or equivalent; MA Latin.)
MST1422H
Introduction to the Study of Magic in the Middle Ages
MST2001H
Old Saxon
MST2007H Old High German
MST2010H
Old Norse I
MST2015H
Studies in Old Norse Texts (PR)
MST2018H Introduction to Celtic Latin
(Prerequisite: MST1001Y or a pass of Level 2 Latin Exam.)
MST2029H Introduction to Old Irish
(Exclusion: MST2030Y.)
MST2030H Old Irish Texts
(Prerequisite: MST2029H or equivalent. Exclusion: MST2030Y.)
MST2030Y
Old and Middle Irish
MST2031H Topics in Medieval Celtic Literature
MST2032H
Medieval Irish Poetry 500–1600 (PR)
MST2033H
Textual Studies in Medieval Irish Poetry (PR)
MST2037H
Legendary History of Britain and Ireland from Celtic Sources
MST2038H
Medieval Brittany (PR)
MST2040H
Beginnings of Medieval Rhetoric and Poetics (PR)
MST2042H Medieval Literary Theory in the Later Middle Ages
MST2051H Introduction to Middle Welsh
MST2052H Medieval Welsh Texts
MST2055Y
Studies in Middle Welsh Texts (PR)
MST3015H
Introduction to Ge'ez (Classical Ethiopic)
MST3016H Intermediate Ge'ez (Classical Ethiopic)
(Prerequisite: MST3015H.)
MST3021H
Boethius (PR)
MST3022H
Consolation Through the Ages: Later Medieval Approaches to Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy (PR)
MST3035H
Medieval Representations of Death, Sickness, and Crime (1100–1500)
MST3123H
Introduction to Medieval Medicine
MST3124H
Medieval Studies in the Digital Age
MST3126H
The Apocalypse in Medieval English Literature
MST3135H Digital Old English
MST3140Y
Medieval Catalan Language and Literature
MST3150H
Medieval French Epic: Kings and Heroes (PR)
MST3152H
Introduction to Medieval Occitan (PR)
MST3153H
Medieval Occitan Literature
MST3155H Middle French Literature
MST3159H
Classical Antiquity in the French Middle Ages (PR)
MST3160H Introduction to Romance Philology: From Vulgar Latin to the First Literary Texts
MST3163H
Medieval French Historiography
MST3164H
Medieval French Romance: The Grail
MST3205H
Violence in Medieval Society
MST3207H
Decretists and Decretalists: Canonical Jurisprudence 1140–1300
MST3225H
Jews and Christians in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
MST3226H Medieval Mediterranean History
MST3231H Clio's Workshop: Introduction to Historical Methods
MST3232H Vernacular Literature in Medieval Europe: Status and Function
(Prerequisite: basic reading knowledge of Latin and at least one medieval vernacular language.)
MST3235H
Communal Florence, 1150–1530
MST3241H
Everyday Life in Medieval Europe
MST3242H
Carolingian Europe 750–900 CE
MST3244H
Saints of Early Medieval Italy
MST3251H
The Merovingians
MST3263H Gender and Sexuality in Medieval Literature
MST3301H
Themes in Medieval Philosophy
MST3309H
Birth of the Will: Augustine and Anselm
MST3311H
Topics in Medieval Metaphysics (PR)
MST3321H
Philosophy of Mind in the Middle Ages (PR)
MST3322H
William of Ockham
MST3327H
Free Will and Human Action in Medieval Philosophy
MST3346H
Medieval Islamic Philosophy
MST3347H Late Antique and Early Medieval Philosophical Commentators
MST3501H
Introduction to the Medieval Christian Liturgy
MST3601H
Medieval Spanish Sources in Context
MST3602H Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages
MST3604H The Culture of Food, Cooking, and Diet Through Daily Life and Tradition in Medieval Europe
MST3606H Historical Archives in the Digital Age: Books Along the Silk Roads
MST9310Y, H
Directed Reading
MST9315H
Directed Reading

Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations

Course Code Course Title
NMC1500Y
Archaeology, from Alexander to Muhammad
NMC2090Y
The Prophet and the Caliphates: Early Islamic History to 1258
NMC2119H
Readings in Medieval Arabic Documents
NMC2221H
Persian Mirrors for Princes
NMC2226H
Medieval Persian Historical and Diplomatics

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Course Code Course Title
SLA1104H
Introduction to Old Church Slavonic (Credit/No Credit)
SLA1109H
Studies in Old Church Slavonic