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Joanna Fryer

Email: j.fryer@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7125

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

History Department Graduate scholarships may be available for this programme.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

History

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

65% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

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.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

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).

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL History enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching.

This intercollegiate programme is taught jointly with King's College London and Royal Holloway, University of London, and students benefit from the international expertise and wealth of resources that the three colleges have to offer.

Located in Bloomsbury, UCL History is just a few minutes' walk to the British Library, the British Museum and the research institutes of the University of London, including the Warburg Institute and the Institute of Historical Research.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Byzantium
  • EITHER:
  • Language Acquisition
  • OR:
  • Research Skills

Options

  • Options may include the following:
  • Medieval Papacy
  • Identity and Power in Medieval Europe, AD 500–1300
  • Codes and Practice: The World of Roman Law
  • Constantinople and its Descriptions
  • The Greek Novel and its Influence (first to 21st centuries)
  • The Late Roman and Early Byzantine City
  • Philosophy under the Roman Empire
  • Homer's Legacy
  • Byzantium and the First Crusade
  • Byzantium and the Fourth Crusade
  • The Christianisation of the Roman World: From Constantine to Justinian
  • The Reign of Constantine I
  • Living in Byzantium: Material Culture and Built Environment
  • Byzantium and the West, AD 843–1002

Dissertation/report

All students attend the Introduction to Byzantium seminar, leading to an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 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.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

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.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. 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.

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.

Career

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.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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