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Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies Research MPhil/PhD

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This programme is now administered by the Department of Classics. For further information and how to apply for Research in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, please refer to 'Classics Research'

  • REF rankings 2014: 3rd in the country according to the ‘power’ metric, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity. The Department also received an outstanding score for the impact of its research. Overall, 76% of our research was rated 3* or 4* indicating internationally excellent and world-leading quality.

  • Research income: We attract grants from AHRC, Leverhulme, ESRC, charitable institutions in Greece and Cyprus and other funding bodies. Recently our InsAph project has attracted £305,000 (AHRC), our Prosopography of medieval Arabic sources, £124,000 (Leverhulme).

  • Current number of academic staff: 6.

  • Current number of research students: 15.

  • Recent publications: Details of recent publications can be found on our web pages.

  • Current research projects:

    • The Prosopography of the Byzantine World (AHRC funded).

    • Prosopography of Arabic Sources for Byzantines and Crusaders, 1025-1204 (Leverhulme funded).

    • Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica (Leverhulme funded).

    • The Making of Modern Greece (1797-1896) (National Bank of Greece funded).

    • Concordia (NEH-JISC funded).

Key information

Duration Expected to be: PhD (initial registration for MPhil), three years FT, four-six years PT. September to September, January to January or April to April.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentCentre for Hellenic Studies,Department of Classics



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Course detail


The Department of Classics currently has expertise in the following areas within this field:

  • Greek literature (especially fiction) since the 12th century;

  • Byzantine history;

  • Greek history in the 19th and 20th centuries;

  • Byzantium and the West;

  • Archaeology, architecture and economic history of Byzantium and the Levant from late antiquity to the late medieval period;

  • Material culture of Cyprus in the Byzantine period.

Course study environment

Weekly departmental seminars are held in Modern Greek Studies at which students present their work in progress; though not assessed formally, these seminars require compulsory attendance. Byzantine graduates present their work in intercollegiate meetings at the Institute of Classical Studies, where they also attend a full range of seminars. In addition, the Centre for Hellenic Studies runs weekly seminars on Modern Greek and on Late Antique and Byzantine topics, and several annual lectures in the Byzantine and Modern Greek fields.

Other Schools and institutes of the University offer a wealth of seminars in related fields, and we are committed to sharing in the wider intellectual life of the University, and of other major institutions such as the British Museum. We also co-operate closely with Greek cultural organisations based in London such as the Hellenic Foundation for Culture and the Hellenic Centre.

Regular research seminars for students of modern Greek linguistics are held as part of the Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication (LDC). LDC conducts research in language, communication, society and education, and there are particular strengths in research on 1) the dynamics of language and literacy within globalisation and intercultural contact, and 2) language, literacy and discourse in everyday interaction, education, literature, popular culture, new and mass media, and in medical and workplace settings. Students who undertake an MPhil, PhD study in linguistics with Dr Alexandra Georgakopoulou in BMGS are automatically affiliated with the Centre.

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Head of group/division

Professor Roddy Beaton

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 1649 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Master's Degree with Merit (or international equivalent) in a closely related subject, with minimum of Merit in the dissertation element also.

Application procedure

Before applying, write to the member of staff most likely to consider supervising your chosen topic. If your qualifications and provisional topic are suitable, you will be asked to complete an application form and to return it with your MA dissertation and a PhD research proposal of one to two pages. We stress that the suitability of any research proposal depends in large measure on the likelihood of the dissertation being completed within three, or at the most four, years of full-time study or part-time equivalent. Admission to our research programmes will initially be for the MPhil but we expect students to transfer to the PhD after an appropriate period once a review is carried out by the Departmental Postgraduate and Research Committee.

Personal statement and supporting information

No information required.

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

  • September 2017 entry - Application deadline: 30th July 2017 for Overseas students and 3rd September 2017 for Home/EU students
  • January 2018 entry - Application deadline: 29th October 2017 for Overseas students and 3rd December 2017 for Home/EU students
  • April 2018 entry - Application deadline: 18th February 2018 for Overseas/Home/EU students


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Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2017/18

Full time tuition fees: £4,800 per annum

Part time tuition fees: £2,400 per annum

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


International Tuition Fees 2017/18

Full time tuition fees:  £17,850 p.a.               

Part time tuition fees: £8,925 p.a.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

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