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Late Antique and Byzantine Studies MA

Royal Holloway, University of London

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The course

The MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies enables students 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 in 324 to the fall of the Byzantine empire in 1453. Taking this MA at Royal Holloway is ideal if you are interested in progressing to doctoral research in Byzantine studies, particularly in reading and editing Byzantine texts from manuscripts. It can also lead to careers in education, journalism, international relations, politics, diplomacy, finance, and museum, libraries and cultural sectors.

You will be taught by experts from the College’s Hellenic Institute, a research centre for the diachronic and interdisciplinary study of Hellenism. The Hellenic Institute brings together areas of teaching and research in which Royal Holloway has long excelled: the study of the language, literature and history of Ancient Greece and Byzantine Studies. The Institute promotes the study of Greek language, literature and history, from the archaic and classical age, through the Hellenistic and Roman times, Byzantium and the Post-Byzantine period, to the establishment of the Modern Greek State and the modern world.

There is an extraordinarily wide choice of courses available, drawing on the resources of the whole of the University of London including a range of modules in research skills (ancient languages, palaeography, epigraphy, papyrology) and those that will develop your critical and conceptual understanding of the field through a variety of disciplines (history, literature, philosophy, material culture).

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, written examinations and a dissertation.

Your future career

The MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at Royal Holloway enables students to develop strong presentation skills, along with analytical and research skills, which makes them highly employable and can lead to careers in education, journalism, international relations, politics, diplomacy, finance, and museum, libraries and cultural sectors. The majority of graduates, however continue research on a doctoral level in the field of Byzantine Literature and History, and Greek Palaeography at Royal Holloway and at other universities in Britain and abroad.

  • Recent graduates have entered many different areas, including careers as researchers and university lecturers, teachers in secondary education, diplomats, librarians, archivists, book conservators, and editors of history journals.
  • A number of our graduates hold teaching posts and research fellowships at the Universities of London, Cambridge, Jena, Cyprus, Patras, and the Peloponnese, the Hellenic Institute of Royal Holloway, the Institute for Byzantine Research of the Hellenic National Research Foundation, and are employed by the Library of the Greek Parliament, and the Department of Book Conservation of the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece.

Our Careers team will work with you to enhance your employability and prepare you for the choices ahead.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Royal Holloway, University of London

  • University League Table

    24th

  • Campus address

    Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    28th out of 93 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    135 65%

    32nd

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    71 71%

    34th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.18 84%

    36th

    30

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