The Centre for Medieval Studies provides interdepartmental programs in the medieval period, leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. Students are expected to cross the limits of traditional subjects, and research is especially encouraged in often neglected boundary areas between traditional departments.

The centre offers its students training in basic skills and tools in order to read the materials remaining from the medieval past and to explore them with learning and imagination. All students entering the centre are asked to improve their proficiency in Latin before registration, since there are Medieval Latin requirements for all degrees. Examinations in Medieval Latin are set at the beginning of the Fall session and at the end of the Spring session. All incoming students must take the Level One Latin examination at the beginning of the Fall session for placement purposes.