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Late Antique & Byzantine Studies Grad Dip

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Overview

This course is ideal as a bridge to study at MA level or beyond if you are new to the field of Late Antique & Byzantine Studies.

It covers the Byzantine Empire, 600-1453 and an ancient language (Greek or Latin) plus options including 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.

  • We were ranked 6th in the UK for graduate employment (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016) 

 


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 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Classics

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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 for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

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Course detail

Description

The Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Graduate Diploma is a highly flexible academic study pathway that offers you the opportunity to customise your module choices to reflect your academic interests.

Initially, you will study either a Greek or Latin language module at a level to reflect your language abilities. You will then choose to study further topics from the late antique and Byzantine area of the course as well as a range of optional modules from the Department of Classics or the Department of Theology & Religious Studies.

You must take modules totalling 120 credits to complete the course. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in nine months, from September to June; if you are studying part-time, your programme will take 18 months to complete.


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

Course purpose

The Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Graduate Diploma is a multi-disciplinary study programme designed both for graduates who are looking to strengthen and expand their understanding of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, and also for students from other backgrounds requiring an in-depth understanding of the main areas of the subjects.

Though it may be taken as a free-standing qualification in its own right, many students take the Graduate Diploma as a preliminary to the MA in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies at King's.

Further literature

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

Full-time Study

Year

Lectures, seminars and feedback

Self-study

One

6-8 hours per week

35 hours per week

 

Part-time Study

Year

Lectures, seminars and feedback

Self-study

One

2-6 hours per week

17.5 hours per week

Two

2-6 hours per week

17.5 hours per week

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

Assessment methods will depend on the modules you have selected to study. The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework and examinations.

  • Language modules are assessed via in-class tests and a three-hour exam.
  • Typically, optional modules are assessed via three 3,000 word essays.
  • The dissertation is an 8,000-word essay.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. They are however, subject to change.

Structure

  • Required Modules

    You are required to take 30 credits from a range of language modules that may typically include:

    • Greek Language 1 for Graduate Diploma (30 Credits)
    • Greek Language 2 for Graduate Diploma (30 Credits)
    • Greek Language 3 for Graduate Diploma (30 Credits)
    • Latin Language 1 for Graduate Diploma (30 Credits
    • Latin Language 2 for Graduate Diploma (30 Credits)
    • Latin Language 3 for Graduate Diploma (30 Credits)

    You are also required to take at least 30 credits from a range of late antique and Byzantine modules which may typically include:

    • Constantinople: Imperial Capital (15 credits)
    • The Byzantine Empire, 600-1453 (30 Credits)
    • Venice: history and art (15 Credits)
    • Medieval Cyprus: art and architecture (15 credits)

    Optional Modules

    Additionally, you will choose modules totalling 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

    • Minoans and Mycenaeans (30 Credits)
    • The Classical Art of the Body: Greek Sculpture (30 Credits)
    • The Art of Making: Craft Production from Classical Antiquity to Today (30 Credits)
    • Augustus: Power & Propaganda (30 Credits)
    • The History & Theory of Ancient Slavery (30 Credits)
    • Greek Religion (30 Credits)
    • Pagans, Christians and Jews in the Roman Empire (30 Credits)
    • Streetwise: Narrating the City in classical literature (30 Credits)
    • Neronian Literature and Culture (30 Credits)
    • Plato’s Myths: the soul, desire and the beyond (30 Credits)
    • Living forever: fame and glory from Homeric heroes to Roman emperors (and beyond) (30 Credits)
    • An Introduction to Classical Reception Studies in Sixteen Encounters (30 Credits)
    • Persian Kings and their Territory in the Achaemenid Empire (15 Credits)
    • Dissertation (30 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

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Career prospects

Our graduates frequently choose to continue their studies at Kings’ by studying for a master’s in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies; While some decide to follow related courses at other UK universities.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£6,750 or £6,938 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£12,790 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£3,375 or £3,469 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£6,395 p.a. (2017/18)*

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

Please note: 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. 

Full time tuition fees UK:

The current tuition fee is set as £6,750  for full time tuition and £3,375 for part time tuition per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £6,938 for full time tuition and £3,469 for part time tuition. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Full time tuition fees EU:

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.

This means that the current tuition fee is £6,750 for full time tuition and £3,375 for part time tuition per year,, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £6,938 for full time tuition and £3,469 for part time tuition. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

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

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