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Hellenic Studies MA

UCAS code
Year of entry 2017
Course Length
1 year full time
2 years part time
Department History »

The MA in Hellenic Studies enables students to develop their knowledge and appreciation of Greek history and culture, from the Homeric and Classical age, through the Hellenistic and Roman times, the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine period to the modern world. It is suitable for students from a wide range of different discipline and ideal if you are interested in progressing to doctoral research in Greek History and Culture.  It can also lead to careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.

Through your studies you will examine the elements which characterise Hellenic culture through the centuries, at the same time acquiring a deeper knowledge of a certain period and discipline, including philosophy, history, law, religion, theatre, language, literature, epigraphy, papyrology and palaeography.

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 teaching and research on the language, literature and history of Ancient Greece from across the College. It 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.

  • Become part of the Hellenic Institute where we bring together, at a national and international level, all those who share its interests. We collaborate closely with other Colleges and research centres in the University of London as well as the British Library, Lambeth Palace Library and The Hellenic Centre, a cultural meeting place for the Greek community in London.
  • Participate in a number of research projects and seminars, lectures and conferences hosted by the Hellenic Institute.
  • Annual fees-only studentships, bursaries and other awards are offered by the Institute in support of its students. 
  • Royal Holloway has one of the largest and liveliest History departments in the UK yet our size is not at the cost of anonymity; you will receive our individual attention and become part of our close-knit post graduate community.

Core modules

The Greek Tradition

Skills course - selecting one of the following options:

  • Classical Greek language: Beginners' ancient Greek for research or Intermediate ancient Greek for research
  • Byzantine Greek (II) language
  • Aspects of Modern Greek language and culture
  • Comparative Philology of Latin and Greek
  • The Greek Dialects
  • Greek Epigraphy
  • Greek Papyrology
  • Greek Palaeography: Elementary Greek Palaeography or Greek Palaeography


Optional modules

Homer (in Greek)

Greek Lyric Poetry

Four Greek Plays

Attacking the theatre

Defending the theatre

The Ancient Novel (in translation)

Dialogues of Plato

Sources and Methods in Ancient History

Territory and Identity in Ancient Greece

The Aegean from the First Farmers to Minoan States

The Late Bronze Age Aegean

The Economic and Social History of Archaic and Classical Greece

Greek Religion in a Mediterranean Society

Studying Ancient Myth


City of Rome

The City of Rome (British School at Rome Annual Postgraduate Course)

Greek pottery and painting

Ancient mosaics: making and meaning

Living in Byzantium: Material culture and built environment (ca. AD 300-1500)

Alexander's Afterlife

Ancient Greek Theatre and its Reception

Approaches to the Reception of the Classical World

Greeks & Jews

The reign of Constantine I

Byzantium and the First Crusade

Byzantium and the Fourth Crusade

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

Entry criteria:

UK Higher Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent.

Research experience will also be considered.

  • This course attracts students from a wide range of different disciplines including classics, history, theology, philosophy, literature, law, education, museum studies and palaeography.
  • Interviews are usually offered to applicants and in some cases a sample of essays is required. Applicants who are unable to attend an interview, such as overseas students, will be interviewed by telephone.

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores. For equivalencies please see here

If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor you study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).

International and EU entry requirements

Please select your country from the drop-down list below

Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.

Additional information:

  • An interview and sample essay may be required if we would like more information upon which to base a decision. Applicants unable to attend an interview, such as overseas students, will be interviewed by telephone.

The MA in Hellenic Studies at Royal Holloway enables students to develop strong presentation and negation skills, along with analytical and research skills, which makes them highly employable and can lead to careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural.  A considerable number of graduates continue research on a doctoral level in the field of Greek History and Culture at the Hellenic Institute of Royal Holloway and at other universities in Britain and abroad.

Our Careers team will work with you to enhance your employability and prepare you for the choices ahead. Their support doesn’t end when you graduate; you can access the service for up to two years after graduation.

  • Recent graduates have entered many different areas, including careers as researchers, museum staff and teachers in secondary education.

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £7,000

Overseas students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £14,500

Other essential costs**: The compulsory Language courses and many optional courses courses are taught in Central London, and therefore if you are resident on the Egham Campus you will need to travel once or twice a week to London to attend these classes. Each Egham resident will be reimbursed a maximum of £130 towards these travel expenses (Southwest Trains Travelcard). There are no other single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course.

How do I pay for it? Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

* These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email student-fees@royalholloway.ac.uk for further information on part-time fees. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5 per cent for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees and our terms and conditions.

** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.

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