University of Sydney Handbooks - 2014 Archive

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Medieval Studies


The Medieval and Early Modern Centre does not offer any postgraduate degree program.


The Medieval and Early Modern Centre offers an exciting interdisciplinary program of study at postgraduate research level. Degrees offered include Master of Arts (Research), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

The Medieval and Early Modern Centre draws on supervisory expertise across the University in the areas of:

  • Arabic
  • Art History
  • Byzantine Studies
  • Celtic Studies
  • English (including Old English and Middle English)
  • History
  • History of Science
  • Islamic Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Medieval Latin
  • Medieval Music
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies.

The Medieval and Early Modern Centre is a vibrant and active centre. It hosts national and international guest speakers on topics throughout the year and convenes study days on a range of topics from medieval music to early modern medicine. Monthly discussions and lectures are held in association with the EMLAC (Early Modern Literature and Culture) cluster and the Sydney node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in the History of Emotions (1100-1800), which similarly hosts a range of international speakers, convenes study days, and holds Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminars (PATS).

The Centre is also the editorial home of the series 'Making the Middle Ages' and 'Medieval Voyaging', published by Brepol.

The University library houses an extensive collection of materials relating to medieval and early modern studies. These include Rare Book materials and manuscripts, and a strong collection of Spanish liturgical manuscripts. The library also holds subscriptions to key medieval and early modern databases such as Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth-Century Collection Online (ECCO).


Dr Juanita Ruys

Phone: +61 2 9351 4149
Awards and requirements

Please refer to the degree resolutions in this handbook and to the ‘Faculty Admissions Policy and Procedure for: Doctor of Philosophy: Pathways to admission’, for information on the specific admission requirements for different research award courses.

Master of Arts (Research)
Master of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy