Modern Greek Studies (Literature)




Part Time, Full Time

| Admissions status: Open
Advanced study of literature with specific reference to Greece and the Greek-speaking world, focusing on the last two centuries. The Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's provides an unrivalled research environment for aspiring students and our library houses the premier collection of Greek publications in the UK. Leads to further research or careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.

  • The only programme in the UK, and one of the few in the world, that provides graduate-level specialist teaching in Modern Greek Literature within a one-year format.
  • World-leading reputation for research and teaching.
  • Major lectures, seminars and conferences organised by the Centre for Hellenic Studies bring together scholars from across the globe.
  • Study in the heart of central London, with easy access to world-class resources.
  • 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.

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Student destinations
Further academic study; civil service (UK, Greece, Cyprus); teaching positions in universities or schools; journalism
Programme leader/s
Professor Roderick Beaton
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Strand Campus.
Year of entry 2014
Offered by
School of Arts and Humanities
Centre for Hellenic Studies
Closing date
We strongly advise application before 1 July for 2014 entry. Applications received after this date may be considered, subject to availability of places. Funding deadlines may be earlier.
Approximately 6.
PT Home: £TBC
PT Overseas: £TBC
FT Home: £8,250 (2014)
FT Overseas: £16,500 (2014)
Contact information
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2765 / 2232 / 7232
fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200  

The MA Modern Greek Studies (Literature) programme leads to a discipline-based degree with specialism in Greek literature (poetry and fiction), in comparative and historical context, with a primary focus on the 19th and 20th centuries, studied in relation to the theory and practice of literary criticism and analysis.

  • The only programme in the UK, and one of the few in the world, that provides graduate-level specialist teaching in the field of Modern Greek literature within a one-year format.
  • Unique combination of facilities for research and learning in the subject: the King's Maughan Library houses the premier collection of Greek publications in the UK; additional unique facilities for research in the field are available at the British Library, the National Archives, and, at King's itself, including the Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication and the Centre for Hellenic Studies.
  • Regular lectures, seminars and colloquia and major international conferences organised by the Centre for Hellenic Studies bring together scholars from Greece, Cyprus, and other countries, providing an unrivalled research environment for the aspiring student.

Core programme content
Compulsory module
  • 7AABMA40 Dissertation.

Indicative non-core content

Please note: it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.

Optional modules

  • 7AABMA20 Practical Criticism
  • 7AABMA23 Cavafy Reader and Read
  • 7AABMA24 Greek Modernism and the epic tradition (1900-1960)
  • 7AABMA26 The Greek Novel and its Influence (1st to 21st C)
  • 7AABMA27 Greek literature and the modern city (1930-2000)
  • 7AABM112 Poetic geography: landmarks of the nation in the modern Greek poetic tradition, 1821-1940.

Additional/alternative modules may be selected from one or more of the following programmes, subject to availability:

Full modules descriptions are available on the Centre's website.

Optional taught modules examined by coursework and/or examination, plus a research dissertation. All teaching is carried out in small groups, with an important emphasis laid on discussion and the exchange of ideas. For most taught modules you will be expected to give at least one oral presentation of a paper.

General entry advice

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent). 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. For all students, a competent working knowledge of Modern Greek is required.

To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.


We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks, although turnaround may be quicker during less busy periods. If we are in doubt about your suitability for the programme we will invite you for interview, if practical (it is sometimes possible to hold interviews in Greece or Cyprus), or ask you to respond by email or phone interview to a number of questions. You should also take the opportunity to ask any questions of us that you may have. We try to respond to all applications quickly.

You should include a brief statement of your reasons for applying for this programme, and if this is not evident from the title of your first degree, the extent of your knowledge of Modern Greek studies in your discipline and your competence in Modern Greek.

Self-funded, AHRC, Graduate School studentships and bursaries.

Staff profiles

Modern Greek Studies (Literature) MA

King's College London is one of a handful of institutions outside Greece and Cyprus where a student can trace the development of history and culture in the Greek-speaking world from the earliest times to the present.


I moved to King's for my PhD studies, having graduated in classics from Oxford, precisely to get that cross-period possibility, and I was not disappointed. From my first book, The Shade of Homer, on I have engaged in research that examines the modern Greek reception of the ancient Greek past, as well as making some forays into the field of Byzantium and its legacy. I'm by no means alone among my colleagues in taking this approach; and I think that the scholarly environment which has resulted in a number of recent publications in our own Centre for Hellenic Studies/Ashgate series which transcend normal period boundaries in historical, literary and linguistic study makes us particularly attractive to students who want to study Greek tradition in new ways.


I certainly am proud to have supervised some distinguished PhD and MA dissertations of precisely this type, covering themes as various as intralingual translation, the relation of poetry to the visual arts, and the link between poetry and Orthodox Christianity.