Master’s: History, Civilisations and Heritage – Medieval Studies
The Master’s in History, Civilisations and Heritage includes theory-based, methodology-based and applied course units, whilst an important role is also given to research activity.
This Master’s programme comprises three subject pathways (‘Classical Literatures’, ‘Medieval Studies’ and ‘Ancient History’), which are geared towards professions in research, heritage and teaching. The subject pathways draw chiefly on the scientific output of university lecturer-researchers and of the researchers affiliated with the Université Bordeaux Montaigne joint research unit, Ausonius. This multidisciplinary research team, which is recognised internationally, brings together specialists in Hellenistic and Roman texts (literary specialists and philologists) with historians and archaeologists of Ancient and Medieval history. The specialised course units taught within the three subject pathways provide an in-depth study of the sciences from Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages, their specific interrogations and their unique methodologies. Moreover, students become familiar with research activity in these fields: they attend seminars and scientific events held by the Université Bordeaux Montaigne joint research unit, Ausonius.
Students are sometimes also involved in the organisation of these events. Ultimately, one of this programme’s priorities is to encourage openness between these close and complementary disciplines and so some of the seminar units are merged with other programmes. It is this multidisciplinary approach that makes this Master’s programme – which is the only one of its kind in France – so original.
The Master’s in Medieval History is one of the three possible subject pathways that can be chosen within the Master’s in History, Civilisations and Heritage.
The programme aims to shape future specialists in Medieval History. From the first year, students who choose to enrol in this subject pathway following their undergraduate History Licence degree will receive a high-level of training. They will also have the option of undertaking an advanced and rigorous introduction to the other two subject pathways (‘Ancient History’, ‘Classical Literatures’). The course units correspond closely to the lines of research currently being investigated by the Université Bordeaux Montaigne joint research unit Ausonius, and the cluster for excellence, Labex. The same is true of the seminar units and research workshops. ‘Taster’ seminar units enable students to discover neighbouring academic fields, either within the framework of this Master’s programme, or within other Master’s programmes (Master’s in Archaeology, Medieval Literature, Al-Andalus Studies etc.). Students are trained in the use of research tools via the Sources workshops, which focus on Medieval diplomacy in text-based sources and also in other categories of sources (from archaeology, iconography and cartography).
The methodological training is completed by a common core curriculum that introduces students to scientific writings, the digital handling of data (digital humanities) and classical languages (Latin, Greek). The production of a ‘pre-dissertation’ in the first year, and then a full dissertation in the second year, constitutes one of the key learning processes for acquiring research skills.
In addition, students may help to organise study days and participate in colloquiums and seminars, which follow current research trends and practices on an international level.