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Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

Teaching on this programme comes from three subject areas brought together under the new Centre of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS).

It offers the opportunity for regional and disciplinary specialisation depending on your own research interests and aims to introduce and prepare you to train for doctoral research in this field of study.

This programme takes advantage of Edinburgh’s remarkably rich scholarly expertise and offers an exceptional range of linguistic and disciplinary expertise in the study of the long late antiquity, embracing Arabic, archaeology, art history, classical languages and literature, history and theology.

Courses range from the Latin west to the Islamic near east, from literature through political, social, and religious history to art and archaeology. Linguistic training is a vital part of the programme, with courses available in four relevant languages.

Programme structure

The programme comprises a range of seminars, language classes and tutorials, which will include seminar discussion and debate, presentation to peers, directed and independent reading, as well as interactive language teaching.

The core course Approaches to the Long Late Antiquity will provide specialist methodological, theoretical and cross-disciplinary training. There will also be a compulsory language option in Classical Greek, Latin or Arabic.

Option courses may include:

Byzantine Archaeology: the Archaeology of the Byzantine Empire and its Neighbours AD 600–1,000
Constantinople, the City of a World’s Desire 300–600
Contacts and Conflicts Between East and West 600–900: the Pirenne Thesis re-examined
Greek Text Seminar
Latin Text Seminar Late Antique Visual Culture
Martyrdom and Voluntary Death in the Ancient World
Mosques, Palaces and Gardens in the Golden Age of Islam
Persian Painting
Roman Archaeology
The Fall of Rome
Rome Across Time and Space: Visual Culture and Cultural Exchange 300–1300
The Seven Ecumenical Councils 325–787
The Umayyad Empire: the Islamic World in its Late Antique Context

Learning outcomes

The programme emphasises acquisition of essential language skills for original research and close work with key historical and/or literary sources of evidence and grounding in the issues surrounding them.

You will gain an appreciation of the associated material cultures, including issues surrounding its recovery, survival and curation, which will prepare you for future academic research and prospective careers in aspects of museums and heritage management.

Career opportunities

This MSc is designed to provide excellent preparation for doctoral study, whether at Edinburgh or elsewhere. Alternatively the transferable skills gained in this programme will stand you in good stead to enter a wide range of professional careers.

Graduates of related programmes have gone on to careers including heritage and conservation, librarianship and secondary school teaching. Other students have pursued PhD study at a variety of universities.

Visit the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline is normally required.

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