Medieval Studies

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Through a study of the medieval period, you can come to an understanding of a civilization as a whole in both its unity and diversity. Study of the Middle Ages teaches you to critically evaluate the use of the past in the present and provide a necessary corrective to our culturally ingrained misconceptions about the medieval and pre-modern world.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The Medieval Studies program is an interdisciplinary study of the medieval period. You can develop a coherent understanding of the civilization as a whole in both its unity and diversity. You can select a Major or Minor in Medieval Studies.

Campus features

UBC has study exchange programs with many universities in Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Students can study in a region related to their interests for up to two terms, and earn credits for their UBC degree.

Your future

Your career opportunities will vary widely across a range of fields including museums, libraries, education, publishing, communications, cultural and non-profit organizations, tourism, government, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests, including:

  • Archivist
  • Auctioneer
  • Biographer
  • Charitable organization director
  • Collections manager
  • Communications specialist
  • Community development worker
  • Museum educator
  • Records technician

Careers with Medieval Studies

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • Students who complete the IB Diploma in English are required to achieve a minimum score of 3 in an IB Group 1 English course at either Standard or Higher Level. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3, you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Second Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
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