University of Birmingham

Master Antiquity: Byzantine Studies pathway - Máster en Antigüedad: Estudios Bizantinos

University of Birmingham
  • Imparte:
  • Modalidad:
    Presencial en Birmingham
  • Precio:
    We charge an annual tuition fee.
    Fees for 2016/17:
    Home / EU: £6,570 full-time
    Overseas: £14,850 full-time
  • Comienzo:
    Septiembre 2017
  • Lugar:
    Birmingham B15 2TT
    Reino Unido
  • Duración:
    1 Año
  • Idioma:
    El Curso se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    MA Antiquity: Byzantine Studies pathway

Presentación

This is the degree for you if you enjoyed studying the ancient world as an undergraduate, and would now like to study Byzantine Studies in greater depth and at a higher level; or if you want to explore this aspect of antiquity and it wasn’t included in your first degree.

It allows you to specialise, but also encourages you to branch out into related disciplines and to consider interdisciplinary approaches.

You will choose two core language modules, at least one which should be Greek, from a range of which includes:

Beginners Greek
Beginners Latin
Advanced Greek
Advanced Latin
Modern Languages
You will also study a third core module in Research and Scholarship.

You will also choose three optional modules, at least two of which should relate to Byzantine Studies. Options available may include:

Byzantine Archaeology and Material Culture
Byzantine Art and Architecture
Coins and Economy in the Byzantine World
Full module descriptions are available below.

You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choice, with one-to-one expert supervision.

Requisitos

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:

by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students

Programa

You will study two core language modules, at least one of which should be Greek, from a range which includes:

Beginners’ Greek or Latin

These modules provide an intensive introduction to Greek or Latin. They aim to provide you with the basic linguistic skills needed to acquire a reading knowledge of Greek or Latin for the purposes of research.

Advanced Greek or Latin

These modules consolidate linguistic skills to enable you to work independently on Greek or Latin texts in the original language, building upon existing knowledge. They develop analytical and critical skills by means of advanced grammar and reading classes focusing in detail on a text or texts. Texts chosen will generally reflect the interests of students in the group.

Modern Languages modules are also available.

You will also study a third core module:

Research and Scholarship

This module ensures that students across the range of sub-disciplines in Classics and Ancient History acquire the necessary generic and specific skills needed for further research. These will include advanced bibliographic skills, familiarity with theoretical and critical approaches and schools of thought, technical skills such as techniques of epigraphy or numismatics where appropriate. Delivery will take place in seminar formats, with sub-disciplines offering different break-out sessions as needed.

You will also choose three optional modules, at least two of which should relate to the Byzantine Studies pathway. Options available may include:

Byzantine Archaeology and Material Culture

This course offers a framework, partly empirical, partly conceptual, whereby to engage with the problems of investigating and interpreting Late Roman and Byzantine archaeology. It introduces all the major types of evidence (artefactual, topographical, monumental, environmental), deploying them to test reassessments of major debates in Late Roman and Byzantine Studies. Tutorial reading develop introduction to archaeology as an intellectual practice within Late Roman and Byzantine historical enquiry, focusing upon archaeology´s developing contributions to economic, cultural and politico-administrative history, and evaluation of best practice in excavation, survey, recording and publication.

Byzantine Art and Architecture

This course ensures a thorough grounding in the monuments of Byzantium, and an understanding of the methodological issues and problems confronting modern scholars. Lectures provide a chronological survey of the monuments (architecture, architectural decoration, sculpture, and painting including icons and book illumination) from the foundation of Constantinople in 324 until Iconoclasm (730-843), with an emphasis on the interpretation of the monuments in their historical context. Seminars are devoted to research skills in particular areas of their discipline.

Coins and Economy in the Byzantine World

The study of Byzantine coins is primarily the study of the movement of people, commodities and ideas within and outside the borders of the Byzantine commonwealth. By placing coins in their geographical, historical and archaeological background, students could trace the commercial, and military land- and sea-routes, the extent of the monetary sector in the cities and the countryside, the political and cultural interchange between areas, and the circulation of various mint issues in Eastern and Western Medieval Europe. During the first semester, the course aims to discuss the history and development of the Byzantine coinage and economic history from the currency reform of Anastasius (AD498) to the early Macedonian dynasty (AD 867-969).

Salidas profesionales

Graduates with a postgraduate degree in Antiquity 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 historically, over 91% of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology postgraduates have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

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