Middle Ages

In the minor Middle Ages, you are introduced to the Middle Ages, a vibrant period full of development. This interdisciplinary minor examines the tension between the familiar and the unknown, introducing new sources and methods, to help you understand the period.


Code minor


Entry requirements

At least 45 EC for category 1 (Bachelor Introduction), and basic knowledge of Medieval History, art and literature

Number of EC

30 EC

Number of courses

4 compulsory courses


Dr. Rob Meens

Register between 30 May and 24 June

Make sure to register for the minor as well as all its courses


In this minor we will introduce you to the fascinating world of the (European) Middle Ages, a period that sometimes is still regarded as backward and as an era in which nothing happened. This minor will demonstrate that the Middle Ages are a vibrant historical period in which many of the foundations of the modern world were developed. Yet in many ways this is also a very different world. It is precisely this tension between the familiar and the unknown, what makes this period so fascinating. The minor programme is explicitly interdisciplinary which means that the medieval world will be approached from different angles. Historians, art historians and literary historians cooperate in this minor, all bringing their own methods and source material. In this way you will be introduced to new sources and new methods for scrutinizing them. 


  • Your understanding of the world of the Middle Ages and its legacy will be improved
  • The interdisciplinary approach will broaden your views by looking at different kinds of sources and applying various methods for analysing them
  • You will learn how to deal with sources from a manuscript culture
  • You will learn how to formulate a relevant research question
  • You will  be able to find the relevant literature  and source material in order to investigate a particular problem
  • You will be able to present your results in a clear and convincing way


The first course introduces you to the particular character of medieval written sources: the fact that they are handwritten. You will practice reading them and get the chance to work with them in their original form. The second course focusses on the earlier Middle Ages and on the topics of religion and intellectual culture of that period. The third course focusses more on the later period and on the lay worlds of town and court. In the final course we will dig deeper into a special topic: the relations between humans and animals in the Middle Ages. In this course we will pay more attention to aspects of doing research:  research questions, research methods and ways to present your results. 

Preparation for a master

This minor is an excellent preparation for the Research Master programme Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, but is also intended to accommodate students who want to know more about the Middle Ages.

Entry requirements

Some of the courses in this minor may have specific entry requirements. Please refer to the the section Entry requirements and preknowledge in the course description in the Course Planner.

Application and registration

How to register for this minor and its course modules, depends on whether you are a student of Utrecht University or not.

More information

If you wish to know more, or have questions about this minor, please contact the Student Desk Humanities.