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.