The programme allows you to specialise, but also encourages you to branch out into related disciplines and to consider interdisciplinary approaches.
You will study a total of three core modules. The first of these is a core research skills module:
The Methodologies of Byzantine Studies
This module provides an introduction to predominant research methodologies in Byzantine studies. You are given introductory training in a variety of subject areas, such as historical writing, charters and documents, art history, numismatics, epigraphy and sigillography. Emphasis is placed on the primary sources and the analytical and bibliographical skills required for interpreting narrative, documentary and material evidence relating to the Byzantine past.
Assessment: Four 1,000-word essays
Your remaining two core modules will be language modules, at least one of which should be Greek. Your language options typically include:
You will also choose three optional modules, at least two of which should relate to the Byzantine Studies pathway. Options available typically include:
- Aspects of Byzantine History
- Byzantine Archaeology and Material Culture
- Byzantine Art and Architecture
- Numismatics for Research and in Museums
- The Economies of the Late Roman, Byzantine and Frankish East
For more information, see our Classics and Ancient History postgraduate modules.
In addition to your taught modules, you will conduct a piece of independent research with the support of a supervisor, culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation.
Please note that the optional module information listed on the website for this programme is intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.