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Late Antique & Byzantine Studies Grad Dip



Ideal as a bridge to study at MA level or beyond if you are new to the field of Late Antique & Byzantine Studies. Compulsory modules: The Byzantine Empire, 600-1453 and an ancient language (Greek or Latin). Optional modules include Medicine in Western Civilization I and Constantinople: Imperial Capital - Medieval Metropolis. Leads to MA study or careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.

Key benefits

  • 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.


Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 120/ECTS 60

Course intake Variable.

Course leaders Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2569 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact email

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Classics


Entry requirements & how to apply

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

A minimum undergraduate honours degree with 2:1 classification (or overseas equivalent) in a humanities subject. 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.

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 department of 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.

Personal statement and supporting information

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

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. 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, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


This Graduate Diploma comprises of:

  • Two compulsory modules: at least one in a classical language (normally Greek, but, if you have a good knowledge of Greek, then Latin) and one in Byzantine history.
  • A supporting module chosen to suit your interests and needs, which can be taken from options offered in the Department of Classics or the Department of Theology & Religious Studies. Students may choose to study a further language.
  • A compulsory dissertation.

For progression to the MA in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies, a pass at Merit standard (60 per cent) would be required.

Course purpose

The Graduate Diploma is ideal for graduates in unrelated disciplines wishing to pursue graduate-level work in the field of Late Antique & Byzantine Studies. Though it may be taken as a free-standing qualification in its own right, most students take the Graduate Diploma as a preliminary to the MA in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies at King's.

Course format and assessment

Taught core and optional modules assessed by coursework and/or examination plus a compulsory dissertation which accounts for 25 per cent of the total mark. Part-time students complete two taught modules in the first year and one taught module plus the dissertation in the second year.


  • Required Modules

    Compulsory modules

    • 5AAH2018 The Byzantine Empire, 600-1453

    • Dissertation (10,000 words) in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies subject.

    Choose at least one module from the following  

    • 7AACM005 Beginners' ancient Greek for research

    • 7AACM015 Intermediate ancient Greek for research

    • Beginners Latin for Research: taught at UCL, Department of History

    • Intermediate Latin: taught at Birkbeck, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology

    • Advanced Latin: taught at Royal Holloway, Department of Classics

    Optional Modules

    Optional modules

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

Career prospects

Most students go on to take our MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, or related courses at other UK universities.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£6,750 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£12,190 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£3,375 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£6,095 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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


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