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MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

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:

Students must attend one of the following three compulsory courses:

7AACM005 Greek for Beginners

 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

or

7AACM015 Intermediate Greek

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

or

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.

Students must attend (a) and (b):

(a) MB03.i Introduction to Byzantium Seminar 

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:

MB23/HS5123A Elementary Greek Palaeography

or

M380/HS5124A Greek Palaeography

One course must be selected from the following list. The courses marked with an asterisk are those which are likely to be available in the next academic year (for descriptions of courses, please click here):

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

For information on our studentships, bursaries and prizes, please click here.

 
 
 
 

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