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Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Master's Program 2017, University College London, UK

Publish Date: May 22, 2017

Deadline: Jul 28, 2017

Late Antique and Byzantine Studies MA

This MA offers students the opportunity to specialise in an exciting and multi-faceted field of study that covers the history and culture of the Mediterranean world during the long millennium from the foundation of Constantinople (modern Istanbul) in 324 to the fall of the Byzantine empire in 1453.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A basic knowledge of a relevant ancient or medieval language is a prerequisite.

Degree information 

Students gain a thorough grounding in key aspects of and approaches to late antique and Byzantine studies. They acquire necessary research skills (ancient languages, palaeography, epigraphy, papyrology) and develop their critical and conceptual understanding of the field through a variety of disciplines (history, literature, material culture, philosophy). 

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core language or research skills module (40 credits), optional modules (80 credits), and a research disssertation (60 credits).

Core modules

Either one language acquisition module, or a research skills module (40 credits). These include:

  • Beginners Ancient Greek for Research
  • Intermediate Ancient Greek for Research
  • Beginners Latin for Research
  • Intermediate Latin
  • Sources and Methods in Ancient History
  • Greek Epigraphy
  • Greek Papyrology
  • Latin Epigraphy
  • Medieval Latin Literature

Optional modules

Options may include the following:

  • Byzantium and the First Crusade
  • Byzantium and the Fourth Crusade
  • Byzantium & the West, A. D. 800-1000
  • Cities of God: making the Late Antique City
  • Codes and Practice: The World of Roman Law
  • Cyprus from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance
  • The Empire of Constantinople
  • Homer's Legacy
  • Identity and Power in Medieval Europe, AD 500-1300
  • The Late Roman and Early Byzantine City
  • Living in Byzantium: Material Culture and Built Environment
  • The Making of the Christian Empire, AD 284-425
  • Medieval Papacy
  • Philosophy under the Roman Empire
  • The Reign of Constantine I


All students attend the Introduction to Byzantium seminar, leading to an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of up to 12,000 words. 

Teaching and learning 

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, workshops and library visits. Assessment is through unseen examinations, coursework essays and the dissertation.


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Jean Orr Scholarship

Value: £7,000 (1 year)
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria: Based on academic merit

Wellcome Trust Scholarship

Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria: Based on academic merit


Graduates of the programme are equipped with the skills necessary for further doctoral study in this field. The programme also leads to careers in research or teaching, cultural management, general management, civil service and banking. Debates, small group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills for their future career. Likewise the analytical and research skills gained by students on this programme are highly valued by employers from a range of industries. There are many additional activities available, both within the department and the wider UCL community, to help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here, for example, departmental careers talks and networking opportunities with history alumni.


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply? 

The programme is suitable for students with a humanities or social science undergraduate degree who wish to gain the skills necessary for further research in this field. 

Application deadlines

All applicants 28 July 2017

What are we looking for? 

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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