Graduate School

Taught MSc Late Antique, Islamic & Byzantine Studies

The end of Classical Antiquity in the Mediterranean and the Middle East witnessed the formation of polities, institutions and ideologies which define and continue to influence our world today.


This interdisciplinary programme builds upon the University of Edinburgh’s reputation as a hub for the study of the Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine worlds. By combining a diverse, yet cognate range of research interests, the School is able to offer an exceptional selection of linguistic and disciplinary expertise in the study of the Long Late Antiquity, embracing Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Classical Languages and Literature, History, Persian and Theology.

The core course 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 or Arabic, together with specialist options allowing for regional or thematic concentration, culminating in an original piece of research and writing. The programme also offers students the opportunity for regional and disciplinary specialisation depending on their research interests.

Important information for applicants

Scholarships and funding

The University offers a range of funding opportunities for masters students. This includes a number of awards for UKEU ​and Overseas students studying a masters programme within the School of History, Classics & Archaeology.

Funding for masters programmes

Programme Director

Professor Niels Gaul

Programme Director

  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • University of Edinburgh

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