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Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (MA)

Course Description

This programme is designed to take advantage of the concentration of expertise in late antique and Byzantine history, religion, culture and archaeology in the Cardiff School of History and Archaeology. It is intended to meet the needs both of those who wish to develop their understanding of late antiquity and Byzantium Warfare through a selfcontained year of further study, and of those who wish to deepen and extend their skills in preparation for research at doctoral level.

The course has two parts, consisting of coursework and a dissertation.

Part One (Autumn and Spring):
Students take a core module covering theoretical concepts and approaches in late antique and Byzantine history, and choose from a range of specialist options, including ‘tailored’ Special Topics focused on particular periods and themes. All students are also trained in research methods and skills, including academic writing, public speaking, the handling of ancient texts, and an ancient language at an appropriate level — either Greek (Classical or Byzantine), Latin (Classical, Patristic or Medieval), Arabic, Hebrew, or Syriac and Aramaic.

Part Two (Summer):
Comprises a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words on a topic of the student’s choice.

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

(Student Profile)

Anthony Livuza (MA Journalism Studies)

“Cardiff University was a natural choice for me when I was awarded a Chevening Scholarship and I was impressed by the passionate commitment of staff to teaching excellence and by the personal attention to student needs. The Master’s course was intensive and demanding, yet very stimulating and enriching. It has comprehensively prepared me for research across the broad spectrum of media and communication.”

(Student Profile)

Casmir Igbokwe (MA International Journalism)

The day I entered the classroom I was amazed by the
facilities here; accessing the internet, online journals and
library was easy any time of day or night. The lecturers are
world-class and down-to-earth – I am getting used to calling
them by their first names. Sometimes we mix outside
School which cushions the serious academic work we do.
I enjoy the exposure to a diverse range of cultures at
Cardiff. The house where I live is a mini United Nations. We
live like a family, sharing many things in common, dining out
and looking after each other. I enjoy luxuries at Cardiff that
I’d never experience in my country, Nigeria. After my
studies, I hope to go back to preach institutionalizing some
of these values in my country. By then, hopefully, I will have
ascended higher in my career as a journalist.

(Student Profile)

Effie Ansah (MA International Public Relations)

"I chose Cardiff mainly for three reasons. It was the only British university offering a Master’s degree in International Public Relations. Cardiff also ranked 7th in the top 100 universities in UK at the time. The Dean of Studies at my undergraduate university in Ghana also recommended Cardiff and JOMEC (the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies) in particular.

I found the MA International Public Relations course to be a thoroughly exciting learning experience. The tutors are world-class professionals and tuition is highly practical and very relevant to the PR profession; the pitches and case studies were real issues of the day and very relevant globally. Each assignment offered a new challenge and added to the learning curve.

Every one of the MAIPR classes was like a miniature UN session - my classmates came from all over the world. I made wonderful friends and learned a great deal about different cultures in a short space of time. It has been a fantastic learning experience."

(Student Profile)

Kaisa Pankakoski (MA International Journalism)

“My experience at Cardiff University has been a very positive one. Even though my MA course was hard work, it has been extremely beneficial and I feel confident that after completing my dissertation I will have the skills to launch a successful career in journalism. I always felt welcome during my time in the University and tutors’ doors were open at all times if I needed a chat concerning my studies. Another advantage was the great cultural variety and friendly atmosphere - my class consisted of people from all over the world!”

(Student Profile)

Shelley J. Thompson (MA in Journalism Studies)

Cardiff University offered everything I was looking for in a master’s degree programme and more. As a professional journalist, I looked for an academic degree that would enable me to reflect on my practice and that of my colleagues around the world. The journalism studies degree was a perfect fit for that reason.

It was also important for me to attend a university that prioritises research. The JOMEC faculty members have conducted excellent research and are leaders in the journalism studies field. We learn from the best academics in the world, however, they always remain accessible to the students. Individual modules expose students to the evolving field of journalism studies and provide an excellent foundation for the students’ research projects.

Finally, Cardiff University and JOMEC in particular offer a diverse staff and student body from which to learn. Here, I have met people who taught me not only about how journalism is practiced in countries around the world, but also about their individual cultures. The experience has been rich in ways I could not have imagined. When I leave Cardiff University, I will not only have a master’s degree but lasting friendships that span the globe.


Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Suitable for students who have taken undergraduate degrees in Ancient History, History, Religious Studies or related fields.Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.

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