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MA thesis application essay
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Writing an MA proposal

An MA thesis is a genre of academic writing in which the Masters’ candidate demonstrates that he/she is capable of handling primary source material with a relevant methodology, reviewing past scholarship, and presenting the results in a scholarly manner. The CEU Department of Medieval Studies advocates the adoption of an interdisciplinary approach in the thesis, which is expected to be no more than 50 pages in length.

MA thesis application essay

An MA thesis application essay is a short document that describes the proposed source materials and research topic that will form the basis of the thesis. It is not the outline of the thesis itself. Your application essay should make a convincing case that your project is worth doing and that you understand its context in current scholarship. You need to demonstrate that you have appropriate source materials, a methodological approach, and a theme or subject to explore.

A Medieval Studies Department MA application topic proposal (within the 500 words) has several parts. It starts with a very brief introduction to the general topic, followed by: a statement of your topic within the general picture; a brief summary of your primary source materials; a discussion of the methodology you propose for the analysis; and a conclusion that points out the potential value of this research to the field (here it is helpful to point out any potential interdisciplinary aspects of the research).

An MA thesis can take different forms depending on the topic, the primary source material, and the methodology. Primary source materials vary widely in theses in the department. Studies have been based on catalogs of artifacts recovered from excavations. Architecture has furnished primary source material for analyses of elements of construction and decoration. Art history has led to studies of illuminations and book illustrations, mural and panel paintings. Untranslated or unpublished medieval manuscripts have been translated and used as the basis for commentaries. Archival records have provided a wide range of source material on legal cases, inventories, and testaments. The field of philosophy has engendered analyses of particular philosophers, theologians, religious and philosophical issues.

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of some theses that have already been successfully defended in the department:

"The Royal Chapel of King Coloman in the Complex of St. Mary in Zadar"

"Nicholas of Dresden’s Apologia: Revision and Codicological Analysis"

"Silent Communication: Graffiti from the Monastery of Ravna, Bulgaria"

"Christ before His Judges: An Iconographic Study of Central European Gothic Paintings"

"The Lion, the Dragon, and the Knight: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of a Medieval Motif"

"Tavern Life in Medieval Dubrovnik: Evidence from the Records of Criminal Justice"

"An Important Witness to Old Slavonic Monastic Miscellanies—Krka 4 (1346)"

"The Ninth-Century Debate on Predestination"

"The Origin of the Unus de Trinitate Controversy: Textual, Contextual, and Metatextual Considerations"

"Liturgical Vessels in Medieval Livonia"

"The Pecheneg Horse Bridle"

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