In order to increase our shared experiences we are suggesting some readings on medieval studies. 

You may already have read some of them; that's good--they are classics and part of the intellectual background that medievalists have in common. Please select one or more items to read before you arrive at CEU. This will help you get "in the mood" for the new semester and contribute directly to your future studies. If you cannot locate an item please send an email to Annabella Pal (palannab@ceu.hu) and we will try to send you a copy.

One-Year MA students will need to read the article about Pierre Nora and memory studies for the first Academic Writing assignment in mid-September. You can wait to read it until you arrive, but you can get ahead of the game by reading before you come.

Every thesis must identify an adequate research topic which includes a manageable field of research and a number of original, researchable questions to investigate. Theses should have an original argument, show a good knowledge of the literature in the field, contribute to the study of the field through original research and by relating the subject studied to the broader academic literature, and demonstrate analytic ability through the careful and critical use of relevant concepts and approaches. Theses must also be written with grammatical accuracy and stylistic clarity; and they must conform to the departmental academic style guidelines. The thesis receives a grade (see below) that is factored into the student’s GPA.

Important Dates

The MA Thesis submission deadline is noon, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The MA Thesis submission deadline is absolutely strict and must be respected by everyone. If any problem related to submission arises during the thesis-writing period, please consult with the Director of the One-year MA Program and your supervisor in time. Extensions will be granted only in exceptional cases and must be requested from the Head of Department in writing (not from one’s supervisor). 

The MA Thesis Defenses (together with the 2YMA Thesis Defenses) will be held on June 15, 16 and 17, 2015. MA Thesis Defenses are public; students are encouraged to attend the defenses of their colleagues.

Every thesis must identify an adequate research topic which includes a manageable field of research and a number of original, researchable questions to investigate. Theses should have an original argument, show a good knowledge of the literature in the field, contribute to the study of the field through original research and by relating the subject studied to the broader academic literature, and demonstrate analytic ability through the careful and critical use of relevant concepts and approaches. Theses must also be written with grammatical accuracy and stylistic clarity; and they must conform to the departmental academic style guidelines. The thesis receives a grade (see below) that is factored into the student’s GPA.

All students’ thesis work will be directed by a supervisor (or principal supervisor and co-supervisor), assigned by the Department from among the departmental faculty. The supervisor should be the student’s primary contact during the research and thesis-writing period. 

Every student must submit his/her thesis to the Academic Writing instructor for reading and correction to meet departmental and English-language standards. Students must allow enough time for the Academic Writing instructor to check their theses in addition to following the advice of their supervisor(s).

Important Dates

The MA Thesis submission deadline is MIDNIGHT, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The MA Thesis submission deadline is absolutely strict and must be respected by everyone. If any problem related to submission arises during the thesis-writing period, please consult with the Director of the One-year MA Program and your supervisor in time. Extensions will be granted only in exceptional cases and must be requested from the Head of Department in writing (not from one’s supervisor). See also the section on thesis submission, below.

Before the MA Thesis Defenses two printed and bound copies of the thesis must be submitted to the office: one paper copy of the defended thesis, identical with the file uploaded to the ETD is deposited in the Departmental Archive, and another is accessible at the CEU-ELTE Medieval Library. This is a pre-condition of receiving the leaving form at the end of one's studies.

The MA Thesis Defenses (together with the 2YMA Thesis Defenses) will be held on June 15, 16 and 17, 2015. MA Thesis Defenses are public; students are encouraged to attend the defenses of their colleagues.

Dear Doctoral Students,

It is time again to remind all doctoral students that August 15 is the due date for the annual progress report. You need to submit the report both to your supervisors and to the e-learning site.

The form can be found at: http://medievalstudies.ceu.edu/phd-related-documents


Summer maintenance on prospectus and annotated bibliography to be submitted by 29 August 2016.

1. Prospectus development:

Students are requested to highlight passages in their text that have been added to the original or underwent significant changes. Explanatory balloons can be used to mark work in progress.

Alternatively the revised prospectus may include a brief Progress Summary, either

  • a paragraph no more than 300 words summarising the recommendations of the prospectus defence committee and explaining the changes made to the original prospectus since the defence; or
  • the same in bulletpoints

In both cases you are required to resubmit your revised prospectus in its entirety.

2. Annotated bibliography

A bibliography of at least ten items, out of which the primary sources may be ones that were in your original prospectus bibliography, but the secondary sources need to be new, i.e. not in the original prospectus.


Formatting requirements

Please submit the revised prospectus and the bibliography in one Word file, formatted in Chicago/ Turabian Style.

Font: Times New Roman 12, double spaced with 1" margins.

Indicate your name, name(s) of supervisor(s) and working title.

Do not forget page numbering.