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Course content

This course is ideal as a bridge to study at MA level or beyond if you are new to the field of Late Antique & Byzantine Studies.

It covers the Byzantine Empire, 600-1453 and an ancient language (Greek or Latin) plus options including Medicine in Western Civilization I and Constantinople: Imperial Capital - Medieval Metropolis.

Leads to MA study or careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.

Key benefits

  • One of the world's largest and most distinguished departments of Classics.
  • Unrivalled location for the study of the ancient world thanks to London's unique range of specialist libraries, museums and galleries.
  • Extraordinarily wide choice of modules, drawing on the resources of the whole of the University of London.
  • King's graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK.
  • We were ranked 6th in the UK for graduate employment (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016) 


The Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Graduate Diploma is a highly flexible academic study pathway that offers you the opportunity to customise your module choices to reflect your academic interests.

Initially, you will study either a Greek or Latin language module at a level to reflect your language abilities. You will then choose to study further topics from the late antique and Byzantine area of the course as well as a range of optional modules from the Department of Classics or the Department of Theology & Religious Studies.

You must take modules totalling 120 credits to complete the course. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in nine months, from September to June; if you are studying part-time, your programme will take 18 months to complete. (For progression to the MA in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies, a pass at Merit standard (60 per cent) would be required)

Course purpose

The Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Graduate Diploma is a multi-disciplinary study programme designed both for graduates who are looking to strengthen and expand their understanding of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, and also for students from other backgrounds requiring an in-depth understanding of the main areas of the subjects.

Though it may be taken as a free-standing qualification in its own right, many students take the Graduate Diploma as a preliminary to the MA in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies at King's.

Course format and assessment


We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.


Assessment methods will depend on the modules you have selected to study. The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework and examinations.

  1. Language modules are assessed via in-class tests and a three-hour exam.
  2. Typically, optional modules are assessed via three 3,000 word essays.
  3. The dissertation is an 8,000-word essay.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. They are however, subject to change.

Career prospects

Our graduates frequently choose to continue their studies at Kings’ by studying for a master’s in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies; While some decide to follow related courses at other UK universities.

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