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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


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.


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 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.

Further details available on subject website:


Funding

History Department Graduate scholarships may be available for this programme.

Scholarships available for this department

Jean Orr Scholarship

For prospective Master's students in the Department of History, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (studying Dutch, French or Italian). This award is based on academic merit. There is no application procedure for this scholarship; all eligible students will be automatically considered.

Carol Chattaway Scholarship

This award is for prospective graduate students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.

Furlong Bursary for MA Study in the Ancient Near East

The Furlong Memorial Trust will award a bursary each year for the best application to the MA Ancient History with an interest in studying the near east.

MARS Studentship

Arnaldo Momogliano Studentship

Margaret Drower Studentship

James Henderson Studentship

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.

History Overseas Bursary

For prospective overseas students admitted for MA studies by 1 April, will automatically be considered for funding.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Advanced

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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.


Next steps

Contact

Miss Joanna Fryer

T: +44 (0)20 7679 1340

W: History

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