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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

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.

English language requirement: Advanced

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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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.

Core Modules

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

Options

  • The Reign of Constantine I
  • Homer's Legacy
  • Philosophy under the Roman Empire
  • The Late Roman and Early Byzantine City
  • The Greek Novel and its Influence (first to 21st centuries)
  • Constantinople
  • Codes and Practice: The World of Roman Law
  • Identity and Power in Medieval Europe, AD 500–1300
  • Medieval Papacy
  • <strong>Options may include the following:</strong><br />
  • Byzantium and the West, AD 843&#8211;1002
  • Living in Byzantium: Material Culture and Built Environment
  • The Christianisation of the Roman World: From Constantine to Justinian
  • Byzantium and the Fourth Crusade
  • Byzantium and the First Crusade

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.

Funding

History Department Graduate scholarships may be available for this programme.

Jean Orr Scholarship

Value:
£7,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students studying in one or more of the eligible departments.

Carol Chattaway Scholarship

Value:
£2,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
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

Value:
£7,000
Duration:
1 year

MARS Studentship

Value:
Full fees and a maintenance stipend of £11,817
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective UK and EU students intending to study the MA Medieval and Renaissance Studies programme.

Arnaldo Momogliano Studentship

Value:
Full Fees and a maintenance stipend of £11,817
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective UK and EU Master's students in the Department of History.

Margaret Drower Studentship

Value:
Full Fees and a maintenance stipend of £11,817
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective UK and EU Master's students in the Department of History.

James Henderson Studentship

Value:
Full fees and a maintence stipend of £11,817
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective UK and EU Master's students in the History Department.

History Overseas Bursary

Value:
Full tuition fees
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective overseas students admitted for MA studies by 1 April, will automatically be considered for funding.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

Why 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. UCL is ideally located at the heart of various historical societies and academic communities.

Student / staff ratios › 37 staff › 95 taught students › 85 research students

Department: History

Application and next steps

Applications

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
2015-08-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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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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