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Late Antique and Byzantine Studies - MA

Course Description

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.

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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.

The programme consists of one core language or research skills module (40 credits), optional modules (80 credits), and a research disssertation (60 credits).

Core modules
Either one language acquisition module, or a research skills module (40 credits). These include:
-Beginners Ancient Greek for Research
-Intermediate Ancient Greek for Research
-Beginners Latin for Research
-Intermediate Latin
-Sources and Methods in Ancient History
-Greek Epigraphy
-Greek Papyrology
-Latin Epigraphy
-Medieval Latin Literature

Optional modules - options may include the following:
-Byzantium and the First Crusade
-Byzantium and the Fourth Crusade
-Byzantium & the West, A. D. 800-1000
-Cities of God: making the Late Antique City
-Codes and Practice: The World of Roman Law
-Cyprus from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance
-The Empire of Constantinople
-Homer's Legacy
-Identity and Power in Medieval Europe, AD 500-1300
-The Late Roman and Early Byzantine City
-Living in Byzantium: Material Culture and Built Environment
-The Making of the Christian Empire, AD 284-425
-Medieval Papacy
-Philosophy under the Roman Empire
-The Reign of Constantine I

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.


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.

Visit the Late Antique and Byzantine Studies - MA page on the University College London website for more details!

Student Profiles

MA Fees Scholarship - 2 Awards

The scholarships pay up to £4,000 towards the cost of programme fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These scholarships are open to all applicants for MA programmes in UCL History Department (including overseas applicants).

Application Procedure

There is no separate application procedure. All applicants who have applied for an MA programme in the History Department by the deadline (1 February) will automatically be considered. The scholarships are decided on academic merit.

Further Information



Carol Chattaway Scholarship - Single Award

For postgraduate taught or research students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.Those who wish to be considered should indicate this in their application to the MARS MA.

Value of Scholarship(s)



For postgraduate taught or research students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.

Application Procedure

Applications should be submitted to:Dr John Sabapathy Degree Tutor Medieval & Renaissance Studies MA Department of History University College London Gower Street London WC1E 6BTE-mail: [email protected]

Further Information



Jean Orr Scholarship - Single Award

One scholarship for a postgraduate Master's student studying in one or more of the following Departments – History, French, Italian and Dutch – awarded on the basis of academic merit.£7,000 per annum, for one academic year only. This will be applied to the cost of tuition fees for the year, and any additional amount (if relevant) will be paid to the recipient as maintenance.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Candidates will be selected by academic departments on the basis of the admission application form.

Application Procedure

Candidates will be selected by academic departments on the basis of the admission application form.

Further Information


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.

Last Updated

13 October 2016

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