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Late Antique & Byzantine Studies MA

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Overview

Our Late Antique and Byzantine Studies MA covers an exciting and varied field of study spanning the history and culture of the Eastern Mediterranean world during the period that begins with the foundation of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 330 and ends with the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. As well as exploring the history of region through a variety of themes – history, literature, material culture, philosophy and theology – the course will also help you to develop proficiency in vital research skills, including the use of ancient languages (Medieval Greek or Latin), palaeography, epigraphy, papyrology.

Leads to further research 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.

  • Ranked 6th in the UK for graduate employment (Times and Sunday Times Good Universities 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 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 10.

Course leaders Dr Daniel Orrells

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 Centre for Hellenic Studies

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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 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.

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 for 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

Our Late Antique and Byzantine Studies MA covers an exciting and varied field of study spanning the history and culture of the Eastern Mediterranean world during the period that begins with the foundation of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 330 and ends with the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. As well as exploring the history of region through a variety of themes – history, literature, material culture, philosophy and theology – the course will also help you to develop proficiency in vital research skills, including the use of ancient languages (Medieval Greek or Latin), palaeography, epigraphy, papyrology.

This course is ideal if you have previous training in a related subject in the humanities.

Teaching

If you are a full-time student, we will give you six to eight hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 35 hours of
self-study.

If you are a part-time student, we will give you two to six hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 17.5 hours of
self-study.

For your dissertation, we will give five hours of supervision each year, and we will expect you to undertake 575 hours of self-study.

Assessment

We will assess you through a combination of coursework and examinations. Typically, we will assess 20-credit modules through a 5,000-word essay or three-hour examination, and 40-credit modules through approximately 10,000-words of coursework, or a combination of coursework and examination. You will take 180 credits of modules over your programme.

Your dissertation will be a 12,000-word essay.

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Course 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.

Further literature

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

Course format and assessment

Full-time study: 4-8 hours of taught classes per week. Part-time study: 2-6 hours of taught classes per week. Modules are assessed by coursework and/or examinations. The 12,000 word dissertation enables students to research a topic of their choice, working one-to-one with an academic supervisor.

Structure

  • Required Modules

    • Research Training and Dissertation in LABS (60 credits)

    If you are a part-time student, you will take this module, along with 40 credits from the list of optional modules, in your second year. You will take the rest in your first year.

    Choose at least 40 credits from the following list:

    • Latin Epigraphy (40 Credits)
    • Beginners’ Ancient Greek for Research (40 Credits)
    • Intermediate ancient Greek for research (40 Credits)
    • Medieval Latin Literature (40 Credits)
    • Skills for Medievalists: Paleography I (20 Credits)

    Optional Modules

    Choose two to four modules from a range of late antique and Byzantine modules, which typically includes:

    • One God, One Sea: Byzantium & Islam, 600-800 (20 Credits)
    • Byzantium & the West, A. D. 800-1000 (20 Credits)
    • Living in Byzantium I:  Material Culture and Built Environment in Late Antiquity (20 Credits
    • Living in Byzantium II: Material culture and built environment in the Middle Ages (20 Credits)

    Choose up to 40 credits from a range of modules which typically includes:

    • Homer (40 Credits)
    • The Reception of Roman Comedy (20 Credits)
    • Homeric Presences in Greek Poetry and Shorter Prose since 1890 (20 Credits)
    • Modern Greek Poetry and the Epic Tradition (20 Credits)
    • Tacitus & Nero (40 Credits)
    • Early Modern Latin Poetry I (20 Credits)
    • Roman Britain (40 Credits)
    • C.P. Cavafy: the Making of a Modernist (20 Credits)
    • Persepolis (20 Credits)
    • Classical Frontiers: Northern Black Sea in Antiquity (20 Credits)
    • The City of Rome (British School at Rome Annual Postgraduate Course)  (40 Credits)
    • The Classical Art of the Body: Greek Sculpture and its Legacy (40 Credits)
    • The Art of Making: Craft Production from Classical Antiquity to Today (40 Credits)
    • Exhibiting Classical Antiquities (20 Credits)
    • Up to 20 Credits from a range of modules offered by our Modern Language Centre
    • Modules offered by:
      • UCL Greek & Latin
      • UCL History
      • UCL Institute of Archaeology
      • RHUL Classics
      • RHUL History

    All subject to approval.

    We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/index.aspx

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Career prospects

Our graduates continue their research in our department and elsewhere in the UK, EU and US. Others transfer the skills and knowledge they develop to careers in teaching, cultural management, general management, civil service and banking.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£9,210 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. 

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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