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Applicants must hold (or expect to be awarded) at least an upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent, e.g. GPA 3.4) in a field of study relevant to this programme.
Applicants whose first degree was not taught and examined in English must show that they have passed an accepted test for academic English to the required level.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
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The MSc in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies is an entirely new programme that will build on our strengths across the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, integrating staff from four Schools brought together by the new Centre of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS).
Edinburgh offers an exceptional range of linguistic and disciplinary expertise in the study of the long late antiquity, embracing Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Classical Languages and Literature, History 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 either 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.
The programme will offer the opportunity for regional and disciplinary specialisation depending on the research interests of the students. While this programme is free-standing, the objective is to introduce and prepare students train for doctoral research in this field of study.
The programme comprises a range of 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.
The courses are usually assessed by extended essays appropriate to the subject and theme, and/or (especially in the case of language topics) by class tests. For the dissertation you will be able to seek expert advice and supervision from staff across the programme.
The programme emphasizes:
(i) acquisition of essential language skills for original research
(ii) close work with key historical and/or literary sources of evidence and grounding in the issues surrounding them.
With an appreciation of the associated material cultures, including issues surrounding its recovery, survival and curation, students are prepared for future academic research and prospective careers in aspects of museums and heritage management.
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This article was published on Aug 21, 2013