This interdisciplinary programme builds upon Edinburgh’s reputation as a hub for the study of the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine worlds. The University is home to one of the largest communities of late antique, medieval and Renaissance specialists internationally, embracing Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Classical Languages and Literature, History, Persian and Theology. By combining such a diverse, yet cognate range of research interests, it also provides excellent preparation for graduate research in historical, archaeological, literary or art-historical topics, focusing on the Mediterranean and western Asia from late antiquity into the early Middle Ages.
The programme can be undertaken either full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months). The core course, Approaches to the Long Late Antiquity, will provide specialist methodological, theoretical, and cross-disciplinary training taught across the first and second semesters. There will be a compulsory language option in Classical Greek, Latin, Arabic or Persian, together with specialist options allowing for regional or thematic concentration, culminating in an original piece of research and writing.
A 15,000 word independent, primary source-based research project supervised by one or more members of academic staff. Students have considerable freedom to define their project — so long as it is a feasible project that one or more staff members have the expertise to supervise. Recent examples include; Early Umayyad Seapower, Decoration in the Aniconic Churches of Byzantine Naxos and Byzantine-Chinese relations in the sixth century.
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