Doctoral research into Byzantium and the Christian East can be carried out in a number of faculties, depending on the precise topic a student chooses to study (History, Oriental Studies, Theology, Archaeology, and Medieval and Modern Languages. Individual Faculties can provide advice and more details.
The two-year M.Phil. and one-year M.St. in ‘Late Antique and Byzantine Studies’ provide a good entry-point to the detailed study of the eastern empire and the east Christian world, offering an opportunity to learn an ancient language (whether Greek, Syriac, Coptic, Armenian, or Arabic) and to acquire specialist skills in disciplines like Palaeography and Archaeology, as well as offering students an opportunity to explore in depth topics that particularly interest them. These courses, which combine taught elements with supervised personal research, are very flexible geographically and chronologically, and can be tailored by students to suit their own needs and fancy.
For those interested specifically in late antique Christianity, the Theology Faculty includes M.St. in Ecclesiastical History and M.Phil. in Ecclesiastical History options which allow students to specialize in the patristic period.
The Eastern Christian world can be studied in depth through a two-year M.Phil. in Eastern Christian Studies, which provides an opportunity to examine the most creative period of the Eastern Christian tradition, including a detailed study of texts in Greek, Armenian, or Syriac. The latter two languages, and their literary and cultural traditions, can also be studied separately, through the one-year in M.St. in Classical Armenian Studies and the M.St. in Syriac Studies; these provide an ideal preparation for doctoral research in their respective fields, and offer a wide choice of subject and period specialisations.
Students with a particular interest in Archaeology can follow an archaeological route into the Byzantine and eastern world by taking an M.St. or M.Phil. in Classical Archaeology (choosing the options centred on the late antique period, or mixing these with options centred in earlier periods).
An M.St. or M.Phil. can either be used as a stand-alone qualification, or as an entry into doctoral research, at Oxford or elsewhere.