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.

Applications to this programme are not being accepted for 2019 entry. Please see How to apply for further details.

Professor Dimitris Tziovas

Professor Dimitris Tziovas

“Greece has been at the forefront of Europe’s 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 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.

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 

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 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 

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.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

  • UK/EU: £6,030 full-time; £3,015 part-time
  • International: £17,040 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 UK/EU or international fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students

For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

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 from different countries - our country pages show you 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, or PTE with 59 in all four skills. 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.

Learn more about international entry requirements

How to apply

Applications to this programme are not being accepted for 2019 entry. 

Applications for 2020 entry will open in October 2019. 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.

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. That's why in 2016/17, 100% of our Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies postgraduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduating. Our graduates have gone on to pursue academic posts at institutions such as University of Vienna, University of Birmingham and University of Warwick.

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Get involved

The Guild of Students hosts over 250 student groups and societies to suit a wide range of interests. These include the Postgraduate and Mature Students Association which runs a regular and varied programme of events specifically tailored to postgraduate students.

In addition, you will find that each Department runs its own social activities, research fora and student groups.


We offer accommodation for postgraduates on or near to campus, although many of our students also choose to live privately in student accommodation, shared houses or flats. If you do choose to live in private accommodation, the University has dedicated support services to help you to find properties from accredited landlords.

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