MRes Modern Greek Studies

Start date
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Combined research and taught

Annual tuition fee 2022 entry:
UK: £6,540 full-time; £3,270 part-time
International: £19,800 full-time
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This programme introduces you to recent developments in the areas of Modern Greek language, literature, history and culture. 

It comprises a major individual research project, supervised by a specialist in the field of study, and taught elements which provide a solid grounding in Modern Greek Studies.

The University of Birmingham is the only UK institution to offer this programme, uniquely combining modules in literature, history, politics and culture.

Applications to this programme are not currently being accepted. Please see How to apply for further details.


The best things about my course is the close and meticulous support I am receiving from my supervisors, as well as the sense of connection with the local research community. Life is exciting as a researcher at the University of Birmingham with lots of events, conferences and presentations by renowned scholars


Why study this course?

  • The Modern Greek Studies MRes forms part of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (CBOMGS) which is the only centre in the UK which brings 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, meaning that you’ll benefit from the insight of academic staff and peers from across the College of Arts and Law.
  • This programme offers a wide range of research skills and a comparative perspective on aspects of modern Greek culture, literature and history.
  • The department celebrated excellent results in the latest Research Excellence Framework: 38% of research at the University of Birmingham for Classics was top 4* rated ‘world-leading’. A further 43% was rated 3* ‘internationally excellent’

The postgraduate experience

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It is made up of three taught modules (further module information is available below) and a 20,000-word supervised research thesis on a topic of your choice in Modern Greek Studies. We recommend that you discuss your proposed research project with a potential supervisor before applying.

Core module

Postgraduate Research Skills: Historical Studies 

This module will provide an introduction to generic skills training for Historical Studies postgraduates. It will introduce a range of research, library and generic skills that will be applicable to your thesis and research experience, as well as subject/discipline specific training.
Assessment: 4,000 word essay

Optional modules

You will choose two optional modules. At present the following modules are available, but options will vary from year to year.

Modernism and Greek Poetry 

The module will introduce you to modernism as a literary movement in European and Greek literature by examining its emergence and its main features. Through this perspective the module charts the developments in Greek poetry and the response of individual poets to issues of versification, uses of myth and attitudes to the past. This involves the analysis of individual poems or collections of poems by leading Greek poets (Cavafy, Karyotakis, Seferis, Elytis and Ritsos) in order to examine in detail their cultural politics and views on history and language. The discussion of Greek modernist poetry will also focus on its intertextual relations with European and American poetry and will focus on how Greek modernists read or translated other poets.
Assessment: Three-hour unseen examination

Greek Fiction: From Realism to Postmodernism 

The aim of this module is to map out the transition of Greek fiction from realism to postmodernism by analysing some key texts of the twentieth century and by surveying literary and cultural developments. Particular attention will be paid as to how realism, modernism and postmodernism developed in Greece and comparisons will be made with similar trends in other literatures. The discussion of the texts will be placed in a wider comparative and cultural context while the experimentation of individual writers with different modes of writing will be explored. This module involves a rigorous analysis of narrative texts by employing narrative theory and by training you to gain greater familiarity with narrative techniques and recent developments in narratology.
Assessment: 4,000 word written essay

Nationalism in the Balkans and the Middle East 

The Balkans and Middle East, covering the period from 1800 to the present, are regions which have a geostrategic significance that, aligned with rising nationalism, produced conflicts, generated internally or externally and sometimes in combination, on a regular basis. Many of these wars had a profound impact both within the region and farther afield. The themes covered in this module are: the transition from empire to nation states; the role of foreign powers, international diplomacy and external military intervention; nationalism, colonialism and regional conflicts; religions, identities and conflict; modernisation and peace efforts.
Assessment: 4,000 word written essay

Greek Politics and Culture since the Civil War 

The module deals with the interaction of politics and culture in Greece from the 1950s onwards by focusing on developments in the areas of literature, film, music and popular culture. It involves the analysis of the cultural impact of major political events such as the military dictatorship (1967-1974); the rise of PASOK to power; Greece's entry into the EU and the developments in the Balkans during the 1990s. It also examines the role of Orthodoxy in the Balkan context; the development of the media in Greece; language and cultural controversies; attitudes to the past; the role of censorship; the significance of the family in Greek society; and the impact of tourism and multiculturalism.
Assessment: 4,000 word essay


The programme is completed with a 20,000-word thesis, supported by expert academic supervision.


We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022 entry are as follows:

  • UK: £6,540 full-time; £3,270 part-time
  • International: £19,800 full-time

Fee status

Eligibility for UK or international fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students

Paying your fees

Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments. Learn more about postgraduate tuition fees and funding.

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.

How To Apply

Applications to this programme are not currently being accepted. For further advice, please contact

There are a range of programmes that also offer the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study in Classics and Ancient History.

Our Standard Requirements

Our requirements for postgraduate research are dependent on the type of programme you are applying for:

  • For MRes and MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK, usually in a relevant area.
  • Applicants for a PhD will also need to hold a Masters qualification at Merit level or above (or its international equivalent), usually in a relevant area.

Any academic and professional qualifications or relevant professional experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases, form an integral part of the entrance requirements.

If you are applying for distance learning research programmes, you will also be required to demonstrate that you have the time, commitment, facilities and experience to study by distance learning.

If your qualifications are non-standard or different from the entry requirements stated here, please contact the admissions tutor.

International students

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries - use our handy guide below to see what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements: standard language requirements apply for this course - IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band. If you are made an offer of a place to study and you do not meet the language requirement, you have the option to enrol on our English for Academic Purposes Presessional Course - if you successfully complete the course, you will be able to fulfil the language requirement without retaking a language qualification.

IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 21 Listening, 22 Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 59 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced - minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

Learn more about international entry requirements

International Requirements

The Modern Greek Studies MRes forms part of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (CBOMGS) which is the only centre in the UK which brings 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, meaning that you’ll benefit from the insight of academic staff and peers from across the College of Arts and Law.

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the lively 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.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for your future career, but this can also be enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University and the College of Arts and Law.

The University's Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated  careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.

You will be encouraged to make the most of your postgraduate experience and will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive one-to-one careers advice, including guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique, whether you are looking for a career inside or outside of academia
  • Meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs and employer presentations
  • Attend an annual programme of careers fairs, skills workshops and conferences, including bespoke events for postgraduates in the College of Arts and Law
  • Take part in a range of activities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to potential employers and enhance your CV

What’s more, you will be able to access our full range of careers support for up to 2 years after graduation.

Postgraduate employability: Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies

Graduates with a postgraduate degree in Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies can boast a wide combination of skills that are highly regarded by employers in a variety of industries. That's why over the past 5 years, 82% of our Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies postgraduates were in work and/or further study within 6 months of graduating (DLHE 2012 - 2017). Our graduates have also gone on to pursue academic posts at institutions such as University of Vienna, University of Birmingham and University of Warwick.

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