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.

  • One of the world's largest and most distinguished departments of Classics.
  • Unrivalled location for the study of the ancient world thanks to London's unique range of specialist libraries, museums and galleries.
  • Extraordinarily wide choice of modules, drawing on the resources of the whole of the University of London.
  • 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.
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 2016
Offered by
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department of Classics
Closing date
Applications will be accepted from 01 October 2015. The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 01 July 2016 to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
Approximately 10.
PT Home: £TBC (2016)
PT Overseas: £TBC (2016)
FT Home: £9,000 (2016)
FT Overseas: £17,550 (2016)
Contact information
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2569
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

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

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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 department for Classics 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.

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