Published on November 26, 2018 | Updated on March 21, 2023

Master's in medieval worlds - MC2M

@Cécile Caby

@Cécile Caby

Promoting interdisciplinary studies between medieval history, archaeology and literature, and between these fields and anthropology, sociology and law. Developing comparative research between medieval Christian and Islamic worlds, from the end of antiquity to the beginning of the early modern period. Providing training in research methodology and a solid technical foundation in archaeology, analysis of medieval texts and images, and digital humanities.


First year

The first semester focuses on introducing historical research, archaeology and literature of the medieval Christian and Islamic worlds, as well as an introduction to technical and digital methods for analysing medieval sources (material sources include the environment, physical sites, man-made structures, furnitures, archival documents, manuscripts, images, seals, and money). In the second semester, training shifts to a great variety of research seminars and practical workshops.


Second year of the master is dedicated to deepening research methods and techniques, and to documenting research (writen records, digital editions, databases, GIS), as well as developing, writing and defending a research thesis (approximately100 page study plus annexes). This
thesis consists of original research which demonstrates a mastery of historiography and primary sources applied to an innovative research question under the supervision of a research advisor from the university research center CIHAM, linked to the thematic strands of the research institute.
Under the HISTARMED program (at the Université Lumière Lyon 2, currently expanding to other partner universities), the master’s program allows students to spend one or two semesters abroad (currently Bologna, Warsaw and Granada) with the goal of obtaining a double diploma.


Prospective applicants are expected to have completed a degree related to the Master in Medieval Worlds and to have learned a modern language. The successful applicant will show genuine interest and curiosity in the themes and techniques of the program, as well as demonstrating an ability to dedicate themselves to completing the program. Recommended qualifying undergraduate degrees (or equivalent): History, Art History, Archaeology, Humanities, Social Sciences, Human Sciences, Literature, Languages and Literature, LLCER (Foreign and Regional Languages, Literature, and Civilisations). Certified B2-level French, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


  • Christians and Muslims in the Mediterranean Region
  • Digital edition of texts
  • Church and cultural practices in the Late Middle Ages
  • History of medieval Italy
  • History of religion, law and medieval institutions
  • History of land in western medieval Europe
  • History of government in western medieval Europe
  • History and archeology of rural living in the Middle Ages
  • Political and military history of the western medieval Europe
  • Introduction to liturgy
  • Literature and civilization of medieval Spain
  • Medieval Literature
  • Medicine, health and society
  • Medieval history
  • Societies and cultures of the Christian and Islamic medieval east
  • Latin translation workshops: papal letters, writings of Agobard