MRes Byzantine Studies

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This programme is intended for students who have a background in Byzantine Studies and, normally, some knowledge of Greek. It comprises a major individual research project, supervised by a specialist in the field of study, and taught elements which provide the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of Byzantium through a range of modules in archaeology, art, history, literature and numismatics.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Combined research and taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Start date: September

Details

The course can be pursued in the following pathways:

  • Byzantine Art
  • Byzantine History
  • Byzantine Literature
  • Late Roman and Byzantine Archaeology

Each pathway consists of 60 credits of coursework and 120 credits achieved through a 20,000 word supervised research project on topic of your choice in Byzantine Studies. We recommend that you discuss your proposed research project with a potential supervisor before applying.

Modules

Byzantine Art pathway

Co-ordinator: Professor Leslie Brubaker

This pathway focuses on Byzantine visual culture, the form of communication available and responsive to all Byzantines (urban and rural, rich and poor, female and male, religious and secular). It allows you to understand the ways different media were adapted to different audiences; to critique the relationship between visual and verbal (written) communication; and to evaluate the power of the image in the Byzantine world.

Compulsory modules:

  • Byzantine Art and Architecture
  • Gender in Byzantium: women, men and eunuchs
  • Late Roman and Byzantine Archaeology
  • The Economies of the Late Roman, Byzantine and Frankish East Mediterranean
  • Aspects of Byzantine History (including Byzantine Society)
  • The Fourth Crusade
  • Byzantine History and Literature
  • Methodologies of Byzantine Studies

Optional modules:

  • Greek language (intensive course for beginners)
  • Medieval Greek
  • A modern language or other course chosen in consultation with the co-ordinator

Dissertation in Byzantine art/architecture

Byzantine History pathway

Within this pathway, particular themes, periods and events are analysed through a critical reading of the primary sources and an examination of the way in which the sources are used to construct modern narratives.

Co-ordinator : Dr Ruth Macrides

Compulsory modules:

  • Aspects of Byzantine History, including: Byzantine Society, The Fourth Crusade, Byzantine History and Literature

Optional modules

  • Greek language (intensive course for beginners)
  • Medieval Greek
  • A modern language or other course chosen in consultation with the co-ordinator
  • Byzantine Art and Architecture
  • Gender in Byzantium
  • The Economy of Late Roman, Byzantine and Frankish East Mediterranean

Dissertation in Byzantine History

Late Roman and Byzantine Archaeology pathway

This pathway provides an opportunity (unique in the U.K.) to study the archaeology of the Late Roman to Late Byzantine eras, within a variety of frameworks - theoretical, practical, and historical. It encourages you to explore important aspects of history for which texts offer an insufficient documentation. Lectures introduce the settlement-archaeology, monuments, and all other major kinds of artefacts, in four major chronological divisions; the discipline’s origins and development, and its interface with environmental and comparative archaeologies. The focus is on the Balkans, Greece, the Aegean, and Anatolia.

Co-ordinator: Dr Archie Dunn

Compulsory modules

  • Byzantine Archaeology and Material Culture
  • Methodologies of Byzantine Studies

Optional modules

  • The Late Roman and Byzantine Economy
  • Greek Language (intensive course for beginners)
  • Other courses in practical archaeology or in Byzantine Studies chosen in consultation with the co-ordinator
  • Aspects of Byzantine History (including Byzantine Society, the Fourth Crusade, Byzantine History and Literature)
  • Byzantine Art and Architecture
  • Gender in Byzantium

Dissertation in Late Roman or Byzantine Archaeology or economic history

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are currently as follows:

  • Home / EU £3,996 full-time; £1,998 part-time
  • Overseas: £12,565 full-time; £6,282.50 part-time

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Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

University of Birmingham graduates - including those due to graduate in summer 2014 - may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.

Entry requirements


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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

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How to apply

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Learning and teaching

The Byzantine Studies MRes forms part of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (CBOMGS) which is the only centre in the UK to bring all of these subjects together within a single unit. CBOMGS aims to provide a stimulating environment for cross-disciplinary research and inter-cultural dialogue for the wider research community. You will benefit from the insight of academic staff and peers from across the College of Arts and Law.

The Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies has a large postgraduate community which organises an annual international postgraduate colloquium. Postgraduates also participate in the bi-weekly General Seminar of the Centre and in the Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies. A Medieval Greek Summer School, the only one of its kind, takes place at Birmingham, end of July-August.

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

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Employability

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Graduates with a postgraduate degree in Byzantine Studies can boast a wide combination of skills that can be applied in many types of work and which employers regard very positively. That is why over 92% of Byzantine postgraduates have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.