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Antiquity (Byzantine Studies) - MA

University of Birmingham School of History and Cultures

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

About the course

The Antiquity MA: Byzantine Studies pathway allows you to study the political, cultural, social economic and literary history of the Byzantine Empire.

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Entry Requirements

We normally require a 2:1 degree, or equivalent, in a discipline relevant to the selected pathway, such as Classics, Archaeology or History.

 Course Content

Where is University of Birmingham


Student Profile(s)

Natasha Naidoo

Natasha is a postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham studying for an MA in Antiquity, specialising in Classics and Ancient History. Natasha also completed her undergraduate degree here in Ancient History achieving a 2:1 and hopes to work in the Museums and Heritage sector after she graduates.

Natasha is also a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/natasha-naidoo/

Elli Desli

What has been the highlight of your course?

“What I loved about the course was that during the first term, once a week, we would attend the CAHA research seminars, the speakers of which were usually scholars from other national and international universities, who specialised in Egyptology, Classical Archaeology or Classics and Ancient History. My favourite module, though, was Greek Archaeology that was taught by Dr Kenneth Wardle, who later became my dissertation supervisor. His seminars focused on a range of historical periods and themes and I found them extremely useful and fascinating. Moreover, during the second term Dr Paul Garwood, the tutor of Funerary Archaeology, organised a trip in the ancient landscape of Avebury. I really enjoyed this trip because it was also the first time I had ever visited an archaeological site in the UK.”

What have you learnt from your programme?

“As a postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham I had the honour to meet and be taught by great professors who were happy to share their ideas and views with me. With their help and the help of MA and PhD students and other members of the University’s staff, I learnt how to search for the right academic sources, how to use the library, how to structure my essays and how to organise my presentations. Moreover, through the reading I did for the course modules and my dissertation I explored my personal interests and I gained valuable knowledge. All these will definitely help me for the PhD that I am planning to begin at the University of Birmingham the next academic year and they will be essential for my future career as an archaeologist.”

What is life like as a student at the University of Birmingham?

“Life as a student at the University of Birmingham is like playing in a movie. The campus is so beautiful and it has everything a student needs, such as super markets, bars and restaurants. It also has a huge library and several study spaces, where you can meet with your friends and fellow students and enjoy every minute of reading and writing assignments. The campus has its own art gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts with an impressive collection of paintings, coins and sculpture. ”


he College of Arts and Law is pleased to offer a number of Home/EU fees-only scholarships for candidates wishing to study full- and part-time masters-level courses from September 2020.

Applications are welcome from UK, EU and Overseas students wishing to study any discipline within the College's five schools:

English, Drama, American and Creative Studies
History and Cultures
Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music
Philosophy, Theology and Religion

These awards cover one year's tuition fees at UK/EU rates for full-time applicants, or two years part-time.

Value of Scholarship(s)



TThese awards are open to UK, EU and Overseas students, studying full-time or part-time campus-based masters-level programmes in the College of Arts and Law which commence in September 2020.

International students are eligible to apply, and will receive a reduction in tuition fees equivalent to the Home/EU rate if successful.

Applications for funding can only be considered alongside an application to study.

Application Procedure

DIn order to apply, you must have completed an application to study. You will then need to complete our online application form. Your application must also be supported by two references.

For detailed advice and to complete the online application form, please visit our College of Arts and Law scholarships how to apply page: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/calgs/scholarships/cal-scholarships-howtoapply.aspx

The deadline for applying is Monday 23 March 2020 at 4pm.

By applying, you will be automatically considered for relevant College of Arts and Law scholarships. Only complete applications submitted before the deadline will be considered.

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