Summary in English

Welcome to the Center for Medieval and Post-Medieval Studies!

The Centre for Medieval and Post-Medieval Studies (CEMEP) at the University of Lausanne brings together doctoral students, researchers, and professors in the Faculty of Arts working on the Middle Ages. Its mission is to promote interdisciplinary research on the civilisation of Western Europe and the Mediterranean between 500 and 1500. A special programme of study for master and doctoral students organised by the Centre focuses upon the end of the Middle Ages, and explores the appropriation, transformation and adaptation of certain aspects of this civilisation in more recent times. The members of the CEMEP are the teachers and researchers of medieval from the departments of German, English, French, History, Art History, Italian and Philosophy.



Programme of specialisation

The CEMEP provides interdisciplinary teaching at the master and doctoral level. The CEMEP is responsible for the coordination and organisation of a programme of specialisation called Communication and Culture from the Middle Ages to the Beginning of Modern Times, aimed at students who wish to further their knowledge of medieval civilization. In the framework of a public course, workshops, seminars, and an annual colloquium, students will benefit from working with international scholars. In addition, students will have the possibility to undertake individual research projects.


Annual Colloquium

The annual colloquium, one of many events organized by the CEMEP, takes up the theme of the general core course, which is at the core of the programme of specialisation: Communication and Culture from the Middle Ages to the Beginning of Modern Times. Students following the programme of specialisation will actively participate in this colloquium.


MA Spécialisation

The European Middle Ages to the beginning of modern times represents a field of excellence within the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lausanne. The professors teaching in this field have gathered their expertise in order to provide an interdisciplinary programme, which allows students to work at the point of current research. Students will thus be able to pursue their own research in preparation to a mémoire in the medieval field.  

This programme allows participants to acquire research experience within an interdisciplinary group under the guidance of several professors. The vision is academic, with the emphasis on interdisciplinary breadth and specialisation, but includes opportunities for professional development such as teaching, editing, and working in archives and libraries. 

This programme, in principle, is designed for students who study English, German, medieval French, Italian, History of Art, History or Philosophy as a principal discipline of a master degree.


Specialisation modules

Public Course (MA-SPEC-CCRMA 01)

4 ECTS credits

Spring, March/April, Palais de Rumine; Thursdays, 6-7pm. 

Program: click here

This combination of workshops and public course aims to expand the knowledge of the students through an interdisciplinary approach and the exposure to various work and research methodologies. Attendance at both is compulsory. Students receive credit by successfully writing a scientific paper based on Workhsop I, or one of the conferences.

This module is compulsory, but can exceptionally be replaced by an internship.

4 Workshops (MA-SPEC-CCRMA 02)

16 ECTS credits

Programme: click here

This module is compulsory, but can exceptionally be replaced by the supervised preliminary research work.

Seminar of interdisciplinary research (MA-SPEC-CCRMA 03)

2h, 1 semester or block course, see hours and rooms below - 10 ECTS credits

Please click this link to display the list of seminars and the room numbers.  

The seminar allows students to improve their competencies in the field of their preliminary experience of research and to learn how to actively manage interdisciplinary subjects. An 'open' course is included to expand the choice beyond the regular courses offered. As part of these seminars, students registered in a programme of specialisation will hand in an additional piece of work, highlighting the inter-disciplinary perspective connected with their own research for their master dissertation. Students receive credit for this module by successfully completing the seminar work.

This module is compulsory.


4 ECTS credits

Internship can involve work experience in archives, a library, or a museum in the following areas: analysis, inventory, cataloguing, and translations. An internship may also involve specialised studies in another centre for medieval studies in the following areas: editing, work on manuscripts, thematic and interdisciplinary research on a specific subject. The internship must be full time over a period of two to three weeks.

Students receive credit by successfully submitting a report of the internship activities.

This module is optional, but can exceptionally replace the module "Workshops and Public Course (MA-SPEC-CCRMA 01).

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Supervised preliminary research work

Changeable hours - 16 ECTS credits

Supervised preliminary research work includes translation or preliminary research work based on a medieval or early modern corpus. It may be preparation of a publishable article, from a secondary theme of a master dissertation, the editing or translation of a medieval text into a modern language, or a translation of scientific texts connected to the Middle Ages. Students receive credit for this work through continual supervision.

This module is optional, but can exceptionally replace the participation to a colloquium (MA-SPEC-CCRMA 02).

What are programmes of specialisation?


What are programmes of specialisation?

Programmes of specialisation are 30 ECTS credits study plans. By adding a programme of specialisation to the 90 ECTS credits of the Master degree in Arts, students will obtain a university master degree in Arts with specialisation (120 ECTS credits).

These interdisciplinary programmes offer students the possibility to deepen their knowledge in a specific field and to gain first professional or research experience. They allow students to become familiar with activities and techniques associated to the research of the teachers of the Faculty of Arts.

Most of these programmes are structured upon modular courses and activities related to the field, such as internships, participation in scientific colloquia, writing articles, creating exhibitions, critical editing of texts, etc.

Certain programmes of specialisation are open to all students while others are reserved for students who study certain disciplines or combinations of disciplines. More information is available by following the links to each of the programmes below.

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