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Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies Research MPhil/PhD

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This programme is now administered by the Department of Classics. For further information and how to apply for Research in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, please refer to 'Classics Research'

  • Department of Classics – 1st in the UK for research (REF 2021). Our research environment judged to set the standard for rest of UK, and 100 per cent of our research environment and impact was recognised as either ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)
  • Research income: We attract grants from AHRC, Leverhulme, ESRC, charitable institutions in Greece and Cyprus and other funding bodies. Recently our InsAph project has attracted £305,000 (AHRC), our Prosopography of medieval Arabic sources, £124,000 (Leverhulme).

  • Current number of academic staff: 6.

  • Current number of research students: 15.

  • Recent publications: Details of recent publications can be found on our web pages.

  • Current research projects:

    • The Prosopography of the Byzantine World (AHRC funded).

    • Prosopography of Arabic Sources for Byzantines and Crusaders, 1025-1204 (Leverhulme funded).

    • Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica (Leverhulme funded).

    • The Making of Modern Greece (1797-1896) (National Bank of Greece funded).

    • Concordia (NEH-JISC funded).

Key information

Duration Expected to be: PhD (initial registration for MPhil), three years FT, four-six years PT. September to September, January to January or April to April.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Centre for Hellenic Studies Department of Classics



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Course detail


The Department of Classics currently has expertise in the following areas within this field:

  • Greek literature since the 12th century;

  • Greek history in the 19th and 20th centuries;

  • Byzantine history, archaeology and architecture    

  •  Cyprus from Late Antiquity to the early modern era

Course study environment

Weekly departmental seminars are held in Modern Greek Studies at which students present their work in progress; though not assessed formally, these seminars require compulsory attendance. Byzantine graduates present their work in intercollegiate meetings at the Institute of Classical Studies, where they also attend a full range of seminars. In addition, the Centre for Hellenic Studies runs weekly seminars on Modern Greek and on Late Antique and Byzantine topics, and several annual lectures in the Byzantine and Modern Greek fields.

Other Schools and institutes of the University offer a wealth of seminars in related fields, and we are committed to sharing in the wider intellectual life of the University, and of other major institutions such as the British Museum. We also co-operate closely with Greek cultural organisations based in London such as the Hellenic Foundation for Culture and the Hellenic Centre.

Regular research seminars for students of modern Greek linguistics are held as part of the Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication (LDC). LDC conducts research in language, communication, society and education, and there are particular strengths in research on 1) the dynamics of language and literacy within globalisation and intercultural contact, and 2) language, literacy and discourse in everyday interaction, education, literature, popular culture, new and mass media, and in medical and workplace settings. Students who undertake an MPhil, PhD study in linguistics with Dr Alexandra Georgakopoulou in BMGS are automatically affiliated with the Centre.

For full details visit www.kcl.ac.uk/ldc

Head of group/division

Professor Roddy Beaton

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 1649 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Byzantine & MG entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements    Master's Degree with Merit in a closely related subject, with minimum of Merit in the dissertation element also.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band C Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Before applying, write to the member of staff most likely to consider supervising your chosen topic. If your qualifications and provisional topic are suitable, you will be asked to complete an application form and to return it with your MA dissertation and a PhD research proposal of one to two pages. We stress that the suitability of any research proposal depends in large measure on the likelihood of the dissertation being completed within three, or at the most four, years of full-time study or part-time equivalent. Admission to our research programmes will initially be for the MPhil but we expect students to transfer to the PhD after an appropriate period once a review is carried out by the Departmental Postgraduate and Research Committee.

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants are encouraged to approach potential supervisors prior to application. To identify a supervisor please see: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/en/

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Byzantine research checklist
Personal Statement  No  A personal statement is not needed as part of the application process.
Research Proposal Yes The proposal (1 - 2 pages in length) should explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
Writing Sample Yes A copy of your Masters dissertation will also be required as part of your application.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is also important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King’s.

The final application deadlines are detailed below; on these dates, the programme will close at 23:59 (UK time) and we will open for the corresponding intake in 2023 soon after the same intake has passed in 2022.

· February 2022 entry – 12 November 2021 for Overseas fee status and 6 December 2021 for Home fee status

· June 2022 entry – 1 April 2022 for Overseas fee status and 11 April 2022 for Home fee status

· October 2022 entry – 29 July 2022 for Overseas fee status and 26 August 2022 for Home fee status

· February 2023 entry – 21 October 2022 for Overseas fee status and 22 November 2022 for Home fee status

· June 2023 entry – 3 April 2023 for Overseas fee status and 17 April 2023 for Home fee status

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier than the application deadlines listed above.

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Fees and funding

UK Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees: £5,820 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,910 per year

International Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees:  £21,870 per year

Part time tuition fees: £10,935 per year

UK Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees: £5,820 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,910 per year

International Tuition Fees 2022/23

Full time tuition fees:  £22,230 per year

Part time tuition fees: £11,115 per year


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

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