Master's Degree in Medieval Cultures

Universitat de Barcelona
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Master's Degree in Medieval Cultures

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Master's Degree in Medieval Cultures

The Master's Degree in Medieval Cultures, which is currently coordinated by the Faculty of Philology, is an inter-faculty course, involving the faculties of Philology, Philosophy, Geography and History. It is taught by medieval specialists from disciplines such as archeology, Latin, Romance languages, Semitics, philosophy, history, history of art and paleography.

The Master's Degree in Medieval Cultures trains future specialists in the Middle Ages. It provides an overview of the European area, and of the tools required to understand European identity, the historical roots that are the basis of Europe's unity, and the plurality of cultural and linguistic expression in Europe. For a comprehensive approach to the Middle Ages, the master's degree establishes strong interrelation between the different fields that focus on this historical period. This interdisciplinarity is the basis of the master's degree and of the Institute for Research on Medieval Cultures (IRCUM): a centre that is associated with the master's degree and dedicated to research, knowledge transfer and dissemination on the medieval world.

One of the main, differentiating characteristics of the master's degree is the fact that it is associated with a research centre, the Institute for Research on Medieval Cultures (IRCUM), and with the doctoral degree in Medieval Cultures. Other entities in this area are the Association of Interdisciplinary Research and Dissemination in Medieval Cultures (ARDIT), the association of third-cycle students linked to the Institute for Research on Medieval Cultures (IRCUM), and the Master's Degree in Medieval Culture at the University of Barcelona. The objectives of ARDIT are research and dissemination of the cultural legacy of the Middle Ages, from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The languages of instruction for this course are Catalan: 80%, Spanish: 20%.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

The objective of this master's degree is to train researchers specializing in the Middle Ages. The interest and scientific relevance of the course lie in its interdisciplinarity, as the aim is to approach the complexity of the medieval era from traditional disciplines to give a complete, integrated picture.

In this program, students can expect:

  • To learn in an interdisciplinary context about the historical, geographic, linguistic, literary, artistic and cultural influences on the medieval era;
  • To acquire the skills to work effectively in the field of archiving, museums and libraries specializing in the medieval era;
  • To learn to write scientific papers;
  • To develop an understanding of scientific life.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the university website.

Career paths

Holders of the Master's Degree in Medieval Cultures will have the skills to:

  • Become professional researchers in scientific areas of the humanities and social sciences (particularly in philology, philosophy, history and history of art).
  • Become teachers at all levels of the education system in the same or related areas.
  • Work as agents and promoters of cultural activities related to the objectives of the master's degree, for example, as journalists or exhibition organisers, and carry out tasks related with the conservation and use of the medieval art legacy, archiving and museum science.

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