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Late Antique & Byzantine Studies MA



Advanced study of the history and culture of the Eastern Mediterranean world, from the foundation of Constantinople in 330 to the fall of the Byzantine empire in 1453. Wide range of modules in research skills (languages, palaeography, epigraphy, papyrology) and history, literature, culture, philosophy and theology. 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.

  • 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 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 10.

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

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Centre for Hellenic Studies


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 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


The MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies offers the opportunity to specialize in an exciting and multi-faceted field of study that covers the history and culture of the Eastern Mediterranean world during the long millennium from the foundation of Constantinople (modern Istanbul) in 330 to the fall of the Byzantine empire in 1453. The degree allows students, through the numerous modules on offer, to acquire expertise in the necessary research skills (ancient languages, palaeography, epigraphy, papyrology) and in a variety of disciplines (history, literature, material culture, philosophy, theology).

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.

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.


  • Required Modules

    All students must take: 

    • Compulsory research training and 12,000 word dissertation in Late Antique & Byzantine studies worth 60 credits
    • 40 credits of research skills modules


    Optional Modules

    80 credits of optional modules (to include a minimum 40 credits of Late Antique & Byzantine modules)

     Our MA programmes are organised on an intercollegiate basis, which means that students can take credits from all three of the participating colleges - King's, UCL and Royal Holloway – and also the Institute of Classical Studies.

     King’s offers a wide range of modules on all aspects of the ancient world, including language acquisition, history, archaeology, art, classical reception and literature. A complete list of modules and descriptions can be found on the department website.

    Part-time students take 80 credits of taught modules in year one and 40 credits of taught modules and the 60 credit dissertation in year two.



Career prospects

Research in our department and elsewhere in the UK, EU and US; teaching, cultural management, general management, civil service, banking.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,550 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£8,775 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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