Your degree in Medieval Studies

During your Medieval Studies degree, you’ll learn how to critically evaluate representations of the medieval and pre-modern world that are present in our world today and address ingrained misconceptions of this period in history. You’ll develop important skills while studying art, music, literature, history, and society.

These skills may include:

  • Critical thinking and analysis of concepts related to the medieval period
  • Application of problem solving to the examination of civilizations as a whole in both unity and diversity
  • Research to discover and connect various types of textual, archaeological, and visual evidence to reconstruct stories of past events and cultures
  • Attention to detail used in the analysis and presentation of evidence
  • Interpretation of primary and secondary sources based on available evidence
  • Written skills that demonstrate a clear, well-structured communication style and an appreciation of the attitudes and beliefs of past cultures
  • Persuasive public speaking and reasoning that draw upon an understanding of the historical development and cultural aspects of the medieval period

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities 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. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Archivist

Auctioneer

Biographer

Charitable organization director

Collections manager

Communications specialist

Community development worker

Community programs director

Copywriter

Cultural anthropologist

Curator

Customs broker

Documentarian/Filmmaker

Editor

Education policy analyst

Event planner

Foreign service officer

Fundraiser

Genealogist

Heritage interpreter

Historian

Human resources specialist

Interpreter

Journalist

Language school instructor

Lawyer

Librarian

Literacy program coordinator

Literary agent

Marketing specialist

Media/Information consultant

Museum administrator

Museum educator

Records technician

Research assistant

Restoration technician

Student services advisor

Teacher/Professor

Tourism industry consultant

Technical writer

Trade officer

Translator

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Medieval Studies Workshop
Network with UBC students, faculty, and scholars from around the world at this annual meeting.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Medieval Academy Blog
Explore resources and job opportunities for medievalists.

UBC medieval resources
Dive into topics including research, art, music, architecture, literature, philosophy, religion, and others.

University of Toronto medieval resources
Explore your interests in medieval languages, manuscripts, fine art, and others.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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