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
Department of Classics
Closing date
The deadline for applications is 11 September 2015 for 2015 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications are now closed 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.



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The programme includes classes held at the British Museum, the Museum of London, and even the studio of the noted stonecutter Richard Kindersley. Being able to study the original objects of interest, to examine and touch artifacts you have only seen in photographs, is a remarkable hands-on experience, not to mention frequently essential for the research process.

A particularly valuable experience during my MA was my internship at the Department of Digital Humanities, on the projects for digital publication of the Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica and the Ancient Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea. As soon as I expressed interest in these projects, I was encouraged and directed to this opportunity.

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