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The University of Edinburgh: Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Study type Taught


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 to the present day.

By combining a diverse, yet related 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.

Through this programme, you will engage with:

  • archaeology

  • art history

  • history

  • languages and literatures

  • auxiliary disciplines such as palaeography, numismatics, and sigillography

You will also be trained in the following source languages:

  • Greek

  • Latin

  • Arabic

  • and/or Hebrew

This programme provides you with excellent preparation for graduate research in historical, archaeological, literary or art-historical topics. You will focus on the Mediterranean and western Asia from late antiquity into the early middle ages as well as on the entire span of Byzantine history.

You will have access to the expertise of academics who are all passionate about their area of study. Drawn from several schools across the University and brought together in the Centre for Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies, the team comprises specialists in the various branches of late antique, Islamic and Byzantine studies.


Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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