University of Edinburgh

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies (Taught Msc)


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies (Taught Msc)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

By combining a diverse, yet cognate range of research interests, this programme offers an exceptional selection of linguistic and disciplinary expertise in the study of the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine worlds, embracing Archaeology, Art History, History, Languages & Literatures, and ancillary disciplines such as palaeography, numismatics, and sigillography. It presently provides training in the following source languages: Greek, Latin, Arabic, and/or Hebrew.

This programme provides students with 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 MSc comprises seminars, language classes and tutorials, which will include seminar discussion and debate, presentation to peers, directed and independent reading, as well as interactive language teaching.

You will complete one compulsory course and select a further two language courses and an additional three options from a wide range on offer.


Designed to appeal to a broad range of students, this degree can form the stepping stone to many career options.

Museum work, cultural heritage, education, analysis and consultancy also present a range of professional options that require a degree such as this. In addition, after graduating, you will have the knowledge and skills in research methodologies that will put you in a good position to pursue doctoral research in related fields, and ultimately an academic career.


Our reputation for excellence - The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is one of the great world centres for the study of the human past. We’re a world top 25 university (QS World University Ranking 2018) and ranked fifth in the UK for the combined quality and size of our Classics research (REF 2014).

Our diverse and welcoming community - In the School of History, Classics & Archaeology, our graduate community of over 300 students is international, making the School the ideal environment in which to share ideas, collaborate on research, gain new perspectives and meet like-minded individuals. We have an active academic and social life involving regular workshops, seminars, conferences and symposia across all three subject areas, as well as many informal gatherings and events.

Our historic city - Edinburgh offers a historical heart with a thriving, modern culture and is consistently voted the most desirable place to live in Britain. Based in the Old Town in a splendid historical building, our School is a thriving, vibrant hub of intellectual and cultural life.


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Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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