Universitat de Barcelona

Medieval Cultures


The Master's Degree in Medieval Cultures, which is currently coordinated by the Faculty of Philology and Communication, is an inter-faculty course, involving the faculties of Philology and Communication, 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.

Learning objectives

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.

Therefore, the general learning objectives are:

  • 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.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan: 80%, Spanish: 20%
Number of places available:
Approximate price:
 27,67 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2021-2022
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Philology and Communication
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage

Recommended applicant profile

The course is primarily intended for graduates in philology, philosophy, history, history of art, anthropology and the humanities who are interested in developing specialist knowledge of the Middle Ages. Prospective students must have a keen interest in acquiring a cross-disciplinary understanding of the period, as this is one of the underlying aims of the degree.

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.

Specific requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in history, history of art, philosophy, romance languages, classics, Catalan philology, Hispanic studies, literary studies, linguistics or humanities.

  • Pre-EHEA degree in English, French, Galician, Portuguese, Hebrew studies, Semitic languages, or literary theory and comparative literature.

  • Bachelor's degree in English studies, modern languages and literature, or Arabic and Hebrew studies.

  • Undergraduate degree not listed above but with similar content and objectives to the master's degree course.

Skills and competences

Basic competences

  • Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development and/or application of ideas, typically in a research context.
  • Capacity to apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of studies.
  • Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgements.
  • Capacity to communicate knowledge and conclusions and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.
  • Capacity for ongoing self-directed and independent learning.

General competences

  • Capacity to display the sensibilities to read medieval texts, to assess the information they carry and to interpret their meaning.
  • Capacity to respect intellectual ethics and integrity and learn to present and discuss their own opinions with good will and independence, showing clarity and rigour in the assessment of their own arguments and those of others.
  • Capacity to master the basic procedures of intellectual work, that is, to use the tools required to acquire knowledge (sources, bibliography, related disciplines) and to use techniques for presenting and disseminating results effectively (writing abstracts and research projects, preparing conferences and participating in debates).
  • Capacity to work in teams involved in multidisciplinary research that integrates common elements of diverse traditional cultures.
  • Ability to recognize the bearing of their own studies on contemporary debates outside the academic sphere and learn to use them adequately in the interpretation of reality.

Specific competences

  • Capacity to display an in-depth knowledge of basic theoretical and practical concepts in historical and literary areas of medieval studies.
  • Capacity to master the fundamental concepts of medieval writing, including the linguistic structures of Medieval Latin and the different graphic forms developed during the Middle Ages, and to transcribe and understand original medieval texts and documents.
  • Capacity to assess the historical aspect of documentary and textual sources to understand historical periods and actors involved in medieval cultures.
  • Capacity to establish relationships between the historical, cultural, ideological and aesthetic aspects of medieval culture, to understand common cultural elements across Europe.
  • Capacity to situate different written texts and art in the appropriate historical, literary, ideological and aesthetic contexts, in order to assess them as part of the tradition.
  • Capacity to critically access medieval texts and documents from various perspectives, such as history, literature, philosophy and art.
  • Capacity to display an understanding of the areas of research developed in medieval studies, their most problematic issues and general methodologies and to stay updated with the international scientific production in the field.
  • Capacity to carry out original research, founded on critical and scientific rigour by applying the knowledge and skills acquired during the master's degree.

Pre-enrolment calendar

22 February - 15 September 2021

  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Required documentation

Selection criteria

The following criteria will be taken into account for admission to the master's degree:
1. Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA degree in history, archaeology, history of art, languages, philosophy, theology and humanities (50%).
2. Strength of academic record and curriculum vitae (20%).
3. Knowledge of Latin and paleography (10%).
4. Language skills: English, French, Italian or German (10%).
5. Other training and experience, motivation for studying the master's degree. This must be included in the application documents (10%).


The Admissions Committee, which is formed by the coordinator and members of the Master's Degree Committee, will make all decisions on admission during the pre-enrolment period, which is the same for all the master's degree courses at the Faculty of Philology.

The period for submission of pre-enrolment applications opens in February and closes on 15 September each year. The Committee will meet monthly to assess the applications and documents received and will announce its decisions on the 15th of each month.


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