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Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies Research MPhil/PhD



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

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Centre for Hellenic Studies


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 deadline for applications is detailed below for 2016 and 2017 entry. Prior to these dates all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After these dates applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

April 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 19th February 2016 for UK/EU and international students.

September 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 29th July 2016 for international students and 2nd September 2016 for UK/EU students.

January 2017 entry - Application deadline will be on the 31st October 2016 for international students and 2nd December 2016 for UK/EU students.



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.

For full details visit

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

Contact email

Course website

Career prospects

Career destinations

Our students go on to careers in academia, as well as work in Greece, in teaching, journalism, cultural management and the financial sector.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,600 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£2,300 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Overseas

£8,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee maybe be subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Students may hold awards from the AHRC or the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) or Graduate School or Faculty of Arts & Humanities studentships and bursaries; Greek applicants should enquire with the IKY early in the calendar year about examination dates and topics. The Robert Browning Memorial Fund Graduate Scholarship and the Stravros S. Niarchos Scholarship may be available for full-time doctoral research in any field of Hellenic Studies. Teaching Assistantships may also be available.



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