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MA Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (V105PM)

This is a University of London programme taught jointly with King’s College London (KCL) and University College London (UCL). In choosing where to register, students should note that they will normally be expected to undertake their dissertation at their home College: they should therefore aim to register at the College where staff interests are closest to their own.
Taught over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time), it is designed especially for those who are interested in progressing to doctoral research in Byzantine studies, particularly in reading and editing Byzantine texts from manuscripts. It also aims to relate Byzantine history to the wider world.

The Programme consists of four elements.

1. Greek language, at Beginners', Intermediate or Advanced Level

Students must attend one of the following three compulsory courses:

7AACM005 Beginners' ancient Greek for research
An introductory course to the Greek language for complete beginners, designed to bring students to a point where they can read simple texts in Greek. Assessment by one three-hour unseen written examination in May, including prepared translation, unprepared translation, English to Greek, and grammatical analysis


7AACM015 Intermediate ancient Greek for research
A course for students who have completed a beginners' course in Greek, designed to extend their knowledge of the language to the point where they are ready to read substantial texts. Assessment by one three-hour unseen written examination in May, including prepared translation, unprepared translation, English to Greek, and grammatical analysis


MB02/HS5122A Byzantine Greek II
The aim of this course is to provide students who arrive with a reasonable knowledge of Classical or Byzantine Greek with a wide experience of reading and translating Byzantine authors. Over the year, students will read extensive passages from at least four different authors. Students will be expected to prepare written translations each week. Assessment by one three-hour written examination in May.

2. Methods and Techniques

Students must attend (a) and (b):

(a) Introduction to Byzantium

A two-hour Topics Seminar in the first seven weeks of the first semester, where a variety of experts provide an introduction to their own subject. In early June, the Seminar is reconvened, and students are expected to make their own presentations of their dissertation topics. There is no assessed work.

(b) RHUL Students must attend one of the following two compulsory courses

HS5123 Elementary Greek Palaeography


HS5124 Greek Palaeography

3. A course option

One course must be selected from the following list. Please note that all are full-unit courses except those marked as half-unit (0.5). Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are those which are available in the present academic year (2013/14) :

4. MA dissertation of 10,500-12,000 words on an approved subject, under the supervision of a member of the staff.

Studentships, bursaries and prizes

Those who apply for a place in this MA programme at The Hellenic Institute are eligible for the following studentships:

  • The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomaios I Postgraduate Studentship in Byzantine Studies
  • The Nikolaos Oikonomides Postgraduate Studentship in Byzantine Studies
  • The Panagiotis and Eleni Xenou Postgraduate Studentship in Hellenic and Byzantine Studies

All studentships cover the annual tuition fees at UK/EU rate. A number of Scholarships are also available for RHUL applicants at the History Department.

RHUL applicants who are not awarded any of these studentships may apply for a George of Cyprus Bursary funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, or a Julian Chrysostomides Memorial Bursary or a Pat Macklin Memorial Bursary in Hellenic and Byzantine Studies funded by the Friends of the Hellenic Instituite, to meet general expenses of studying.

The Friends of the Hellenic Institute are also offering The Joan Mervyn Hussey Prize in Byzantine Studies in memory of the eminent Byzantine scholar and teacher J.M.Hussey (1907-2006), Emeritus Professor of History in the University of London and former Head of the History Department at Royal Holloway College. The Prize is awarded to Hellenic Institute students who complete the MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies with the mark of distinction.

For further information on our Studentships, Bursaries and Prizes, please click here.

Legal Disclaimer: The information on this web site is accurate at the time of being uploaded, but tutors may be changed and/or courses may be withdrawn in the light of tutor availability and student numbers. While the Hellenic Institute makes every effort to run all listed courses, it cannot guarantee the availability of every course throughout the duration of each student's time on the MA course. In the event of unavoidable changes to the programme students may still be enabled to study their chosen themes by special arrangements within the broad ambit of some of the MA programmes - via choice of topics for essays, Skills Project or Dissertation, in consultation with the Programme Director.

For further information please contact the Programme Director, Dr Charalambos Dendrinos, The Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, United Kingdom

Tel. +44 (0)1784 443791/443086/443311

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