Late Antique & Byzantine Studies

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MA

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Part Time, Full Time

| Admissions status: Open
Advanced study of the history and culture of the Eastern Mediterranean world, from the foundation of Constantinople in 330 to the fall of the Byzantine empire in 1453. Wide range of modules in research skills (languages, palaeography, epigraphy, papyrology) and history, literature, culture, philosophy and theology. Leads to further research or careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.

KEY BENEFITS
  • International expertise in the languages and history of the Late Roman and Byzantine periods.
  • World-leading reputation for research and teaching.
  • The combined research resources of the University of London.
  • Areas of current research in the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's include the social and economic history of the Palaiologan period, Byzantine architecture, Cyprus from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, history of medicine and disease from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance, Byzantine theology, Byzantine relationships with East and West.
  • King's graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. King’s is the Sunday Times ‘Best University for Graduate Employment 2012-3’. We were ranked third for graduate-level jobs and fifth for highest starting salaries in the 2012 Sunday Times University Guide.


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KEY FACTS
Student destinations
Research in our department and elsewhere in the UK, EU and US; teaching, cultural management, general management, civil service, banking.
Programme leader/s
Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
Duration
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Location
Strand Campus other University of London institutions.
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Centre for Hellenic Studies
Closing date
1st July 2015 - deadline for all applications. Please apply as soon as possible so that we can assess your application for a place for 2015. International applications must be received before July 2015 to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
Intake
Approximately 10.
Fees
PT Home: £4,260 (2015)
PT Overseas: £8,520 (2015)
FT Home: £8,520 (2015)
FT Overseas: £17,040 (2015)
CONTACTS
Contact information
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2569
fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200  
Email

PURPOSE
For students whose previous training has been in a related subject in the humanities. To give a grounding in the subject, normally with a language-training element in medieval Greek or Latin.

DESCRIPTION
The MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies offers the opportunity to specialize in an exciting and multi-faceted field of study that covers the history and culture of the Eastern Mediterranean world during the long millennium from the foundation of Constantinople (modern Istanbul) in 330 to the fall of the Byzantine empire in 1453. The degree allows students, through the numerous modules on offer, to acquire expertise in the necessary research skills (ancient languages, palaeography, epigraphy, papyrology) and in a variety of disciplines (history, literature, material culture, philosophy, theology).

STRUCTURE OVERVIEW
Core programme content

All students must take


A complete list of Level 7 modules and descriptions can be found on the department website.

 



FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
All taught modules assessed by coursework and/or examination plus a compulsory dissertation which accounts for 25 per cent of the total mark.


ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice

A minimum undergraduate honours degree with 2:1 classification (or overseas equivalent) in a humanities subject with a significant element relating to classical antiquity or the Middle Ages. Graduates of universities in Greece should have a minimum average grade of 7.5, and those from Cyprus should have a minimum grade of 8.0, in a ptychion. If you do not have a formal qualification in any ancient language you may still be considered if you take at least a basic course before the start of your MA studies. This will be discussed prior to your application with a member of staff.

NON ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced criminal conviction check
Occupational Health clearance required?

APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

You must provide official transcripts of all prior undergraduate (and higher) level study as part of your application, as well as two detailed academic references.  We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods. Whenever possible, an interview with one or more members of the academic staff is an important part of the admission process. Normally, in your own interest, you are advised to visit the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's, and interviews can be conducted at any time in the year provided that your application papers have been received and sufficient time allowed for an interview to be arranged. Alternatively, it is sometimes possible for interviews to be arranged in Athens, Thessaloniki or Nicosia. Phone or Skype interviews are an alternative method for overseas students.



PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION

In your personal statement, please provide some information on your current knowledge of/proficiency in both ancient and/or modern languages.



FUNDING
Self-funded, AHRC, Graduate School studentships and bursaries.



Related programme student profile

Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies Research MPhil/PhD

After having studied Classics in Greece, I decided to continue my studies with a Master’s in Late Antique and Byzantine studies at King’s. I chose King’s, because of the worldwide reputation of the university and its research projects. The MA programme offers a variety of modules ranging from language skills to history and philosophy, which gave me the opportunity to personalise my course and to satisfy my academic needs. As far as the academic staff is concerned, I found my tutors always eager to answer questions and to discuss about any potential difficulty, creating in this way a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. It was this first experience at King’s that made me stay and continue studying here this time as a PhD student. Under the excellent guidance of my supervisors I constantly improve my research skills taking advantage of the facilities offered by the college, such as the Modern language centre. Additionally, the series of Late Antique and Byzantine seminars organised by the department provides the opportunity to listen to, meet and discuss with leading experts. In this way one becomes aware of the current research tendencies of the field and has access to information that is not published yet. Moreover, being a research student in London gave me the ability to exploit the vast resources of London’s rich libraries, such as the Senate house Library, the Warburg Institute Library, the British Library and the Maughan Library which is the humanities library of King’s. Having at my disposal all this material, which can cover any research need, makes me confident that I carry out my research in the best possible conditions.