MRes Modern Greek Studies

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.

Professor Dimitris Tziovas

Professor Dimitris Tziovas

“Greece has been at the forefront of Europe‚Äôs future much more often than would be expected given its size and economic weight. From antiquity to the recent crisis, Greece has been an exemplary case for study and played a central role in European developments during the last two centuries. This exciting programme, addressed to students with diverse academic backgrounds, aspires to analyse the unique role of Greece, offering a wide range of thought-provoking and challenging modules.”

The taught elements of this course give you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of critical theory, linguistic skills or historical methodology, in addition to translation strategies, literary movements or wider cultural, historical or political developments.

Overall, the programme enables you to situate your research in relation to disciplinary and interdisciplinary intellectual traditions, and provides both a foundation for doctoral research and also a chance to enrich your previous understanding in different areas of Modern Greek Studies.

It is made up of 60 credits of taught modules (see the modules section below) and 120 credits achieved through 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.

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’


Core Module

Postgraduate Research Skills: Historical Studies (20 credits)

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: A 4,000 word essay

Two Optional Modules

At present the following modules are available, but the choice available in any one year depends on demand:

Modernism and Greek Poetry (20 credits)

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 (20 credits)

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 rigourous 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 (20 credits)

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 (20 credits)
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

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:

  • UK/EU: £5,850 full-time; £2,925 part-time
  • International: £16,320 full-time

The above fees quoted are for one year only; for those studying over two or more years, tuition fees will also be payable in subsequent years of your programme.

Fee status

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

We can also confirm that EU students who are already studying at the University of Birmingham or who have an offer to start their studies in the 2018-19 academic year will continue to be charged the UK fee rate applicable at the time, provided this continues to be permitted by UK law. The UK Government has also confirmed that students from the EU applying to courses starting in the 2018-19 academic year will not see any changes to their loan eligibility or fee status. This guarantee will apply for the full duration of the course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.

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.

Entry 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.
  • Applicants for a PhD will also need to hold a Masters qualification at Merit level or above (or its international equivalent).

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

Academic requirements

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

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

International students requiring visas

Monday 2 July 2018 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2018 made after this date - a new application should be made for September 2019. Applications will reopen for 2019 entry by 21 September 2018.

Before you make your application

Please refer to our six step process on applying for PhD, MA by Research and MRes opportunities for Arts subject areas.

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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 employment and this will be further enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University.

The University's Careers Network provides advice and information specifically for postgraduates that will help you to develop an effective career and skills development strategy, and to make the most of your time with us at the University. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team to deliver tailored programmes of careers events and local support.

You will have opportunities to: meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs; attend employer presentations and skills workshops; receive individual guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique; and access to comprehensive listings of hundreds of graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.

You will also be able to access our full range of careers support for up to two 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 can be applied in many types of work and which employers regard very positively. Many graduates have gone on to pursue academic posts at institutions such as Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University), University of Birmingham and University of Warwick.

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