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Course content

Analyse the Late Antiquity and the Byzantine empire, choosing to specialise in one sphere or explore both.

This course is designed to provide you with the advanced knowledge, understanding and skills needed to carry out independent research into the history and culture of Late Antiquity and Byzantium.

Distinctive features:

• This course is designed to be flexible, enabling you to pursue your own interests whilst gaining a solid foundation of research skills.

• Your experience will be enriched by our expertise across history, culture and religion, informed by the latest research of our Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture.


The taught element of the course combines research training modules, study of an ancient language, and a choice of specialised options. You will study 120 credits at this taught stage.

During the taught stage of the MA, you will lay the foundations for the second part of the course, which is an individual research project leading up to a dissertation of 20,000 words. You will only progress to the dissertation stage following successful completion of the taught stage. You will agree your dissertation topic with your academic supervisor.

Core modules:

Skills and Methods for Postgraduate Study
Themes in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
Late Antique and Byzantine Studies Dissertation


You will be taught through a mix of seminars, lectures, tutorials and language classes (depending on modules chosen).

As part of the programme, you will be encouraged to deliver presentations to your fellow MA students within our supportive community.

On successful completion of the taught elements of the programme you will progress to a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a topic or theme of your choice (subject to the approval of your supervisor).


Taught stage assessment is via essays, other assignments (such as book reviews and presentations), and written examinations (for ancient or modern languages).

Career prospects

This course can serve as a basis for doctoral research, but it also provides transferable skills, which will be valuable for a career in any field.

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





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