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Masters degrees in Byzantine History examine the historical events, peoples and culture from the Byzantine Empire between 300-600 AD. They investigate the continuation of the Roman Empire in the East during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
Related subjects and postgraduate specialisms include Asian HistoryHellenic Studies, Late Antique History and Ottoman History. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Ancient History or Archaeology.
Courses in Byzantine History offer advanced study of the Eastern Roman Empire, and examine how it survived despite the fragmentation and fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th Century.
Significant cultural changes and developments occurred during this period, which is why the topic is significant for scholarly enquiry. For example, you might research the shift away from the Latin norm and towards Greek tradition, and the uptake of Orthodox Christianity.
Alternatively, you may focus on how the capital city of Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul), was an important cultural centre – and a meeting point between ‘Western’ civilisation and the Islamic world via the Ottoman Empire. The military history of this period is also important, with conflicts and campaigns that shaped the Early Modern world.
Traditional careers for postgraduate specialists in the Byzantine Empire include scholarly research and publishing, roles within heritage institutions such as museums and archives, as well as translation and teaching.
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The MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies enables students 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 in 324 to the fall of the Byzantine empire in 1453. Read more
This programme comprises a major individual research project, supervised by a specialist in the field of study, and taught elements which provide the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of Byzantium. Read more
The end of classical antiquity in the Mediterranean and the Middle East witnessed the formation of polities, institutions and ideologies which define and continue to influence our world to the present day. Read more
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. Read more
The MA in Hellenic Studies enables students to develop their knowledge and appreciation of Greek history and culture, from the Homeric and Classical age, through the Hellenistic and Roman times, the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine period to the modern world. Read more
The. MSc in Archaeology. provides an opportunity for students to build on their knowledge from undergraduate studies and to specialise in a particular area of archaeology, while also offering an excellent foundation for those wishing to continue towards research at doctoral level. Read more
This course is intended to give you experience in reading a range of primary exegetical texts in Classical Hebrew, Aramaic and Syriac, to develop research methodologies in the writing of a 15,000-word dissertation and to provide a solid basis in the subject area for those intending to go on to do original research. Read more
The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is one of the great world centres for the study of the human past.