Late Antique & Byzantine Studies




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.

  • 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 charity and remembrance in the Palaiologan period, Byzantine architecture, Cyprus from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, archaeology and epigraphy of Asia Minor, middle Byzantine literary culture, 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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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
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Strand Campus other University of London institutions.
Year of entry 2014
Offered by
School of Arts and Humanities
Centre for Hellenic Studies
Closing date
We strongly advise application before 1 July for 2014 entry. Applications received after this date may be considered, subject to availability of places. Funding deadlines may be earlier.
Approximately 10.
PT Home: £TBC
PT Overseas: £TBC
FT Home: £8,250 (2014)
FT Overseas: £16,500 (2014)
Contact information
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2765 / 2232 / 7232
fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200  

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.

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).

Core programme content

All students must take

Indicative non-core content
Please note: it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.

Research skills modules
Special subject modules

Full module descriptions are availble on the Centre's website.

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

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.

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.


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.


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

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

Staff profiles

Late Antique & Byzantine Studies MA

King's College London is one of a handful of institutions outside Greece and Cyprus where a student can trace the development of history and culture in the Greek-speaking world from the earliest times to the present.


I moved to King's for my PhD studies, having graduated in classics from Oxford, precisely to get that cross-period possibility, and I was not disappointed. From my first book, The Shade of Homer, on I have engaged in research that examines the modern Greek reception of the ancient Greek past, as well as making some forays into the field of Byzantium and its legacy. I'm by no means alone among my colleagues in taking this approach; and I think that the scholarly environment which has resulted in a number of recent publications in our own Centre for Hellenic Studies/Ashgate series which transcend normal period boundaries in historical, literary and linguistic study makes us particularly attractive to students who want to study Greek tradition in new ways.


I certainly am proud to have supervised some distinguished PhD and MA dissertations of precisely this type, covering themes as various as intralingual translation, the relation of poetry to the visual arts, and the link between poetry and Orthodox Christianity.