1. The programme comprises 120 ECTS (1 ECTS = 25 working hours).


2. Detailed ECTS attribution

a. The 90 ECTS are acquired via the successful completion of 9 postgraduate seminars (9x9 ECTS = 81) and participation in the "Colloquium of Byzantine Studies" for the duration of three semesters (3x3 ECTS = 9). For the "Colloquium" see below, §3c.

b. The 225 hours corresponding to the 9 ECTS per seminar are allocated as follows:
  • 39 hours: contact hours in the seminar
  • 117 hours: research and preparation of the essay
  • 69 hours: writing the essay.
c. The 75 hours corresponding to the 3 ECTS for participation in the "Colloquium of Byzantine Studies" per semester include:
  • 30 hours: contact hours in the "Colloquium of Byzantine Studies"
  • 45 hours: preparation of presentations in the "Colloquium of Byzantine Studies".
d. The remaining 30 ECTS are acquired via the successful completion of the MA thesis.
e. The 30 ECTS corresponding to the MA thesis are allocated as follows:
  • 20 ECTS: research and writing the MA thesis
  • 6 ECTS: regular attendance of the "Colloquium of Byzantine Studies" (3 hours per week)
  • 4 ECTS: preparation for the defence of the MA thesis (see below, Technical Information, §3.d).
3. Technical information

a. The students are required to attend 9 seminars in total, coming from at least four different thematic modules. It is also obligatory to attend at least two seminars from each of the three fields of Byzantine Studies.
b. At least three seminars from the listed thematic modules will be offered each semester.
c. In addition to the seminars, there will be a "Colloquium of Byzantine Studies" in which members of the faculty of the University, invited researchers and PhD candidates will present their research. MA students are required to participate with their own contributions.
d. During the fourth semester of their studies the students present their MA thesis at the "Colloquium". This presentation is part of their final evaluation for the degree. Each academic year the presentation of the thesis by the MA candidates will take the form of a short conference open to the public. The "Colloquium", as well as the conference may be organised by PhD candidates in cooperation with a member of the faculty.
e. The extent of the MA thesis should be around 12,000-15,000 words, not including bibliography. It should not exceed 50 pages in total.
f. An MA thesis in Byzantine Philology bears the standard code number BNE 590, one in Byzantine and Medieval History, ΙΣΤ 590 and one in Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art and Archaeology, ΑΡΧ 590.