The MA programme consists of 90 ECTS (1 ECTS = 25 working hours), for the completion of which two options are available: (a) with master's thesis or (b) without master's thesis. Students are expected to choose one of these options after the successful completion of six seminars.

1st option: WITH MA THESIS

A. Successful completion of six postgraduate seminars, credited with 60 ECTS (each seminar equals 10 ECTS).
Note that each semester full-time students must attend seminars from the three fields of the programme: (a) Philology, (b) History, and (c) Art and Archaeology. By the completion of their studies, students shall have passed two seminars in each field.

          Specifically, the 250 hours of the 10 ECTS per seminar are allocated as follows:
         • 39 contact hours in class,
         • 26 hours of preparation for the seminar,
         • 120 hours of study and research for writing the seminar paper,
         • 65 hours of writing the seminar paper.

B. Composition and defense of the MA thesis, which is credited with 30 ECTS, as follows:

          • 20 ECTS for the research stage,
          • 8 ECTS for the writing stage,
          • 2 ECTS for the presentation of the thesis in the Colloquium of Byzantine and Medieval Studies,
          • Defense of the MA thesis before a three-member examination committee.
          • The length of the MA thesis should normally be between 20-25 thousand words. The complete work should not exceed 100 pages. With the approval of the advisor,
             the length of the thesis can be negotiated.

C. Attendance and participation in the Colloquium of Byzantine and Medieval Studies. Attendance is obligatory in the first three semesters, and a brief essay (200-300 words) for each lecture of the Colloquium must be submitted at the end of each semester.


2nd option: WITHOUT MA THESIS

A. Successful completion of nine postgraduate seminars, credited with 90 ECTS (each seminar equals 10 ECTS).
Note that each semester full-time students must attend seminars from the three fields of the programme: (a) Philology, (b) History, and (c) Art and Archaeology. By the completion of their studies, students shall have passed three seminars in each field.

        Specifically, the 250 hours of the 10 ECTS per seminar are allocated as follows:
         • 39 contact hours in class,
         • 26 hours of preparation for the seminar,
         • 120 hours of study and research for writing the seminar paper,
         • 65 hours of writing the seminar paper.

B. Attendance and participation in the Colloquium of Byzantine and Medieval Studies. Attendance is obligatory in the first three semesters, and a brief essay (200-300 words) for each lecture of the Colloquium must be submitted at the end of each semester.


Additional Information

  1. Each semester at least three postgraduate seminars are offered, one in each field, from the catalogue of courses (see Structure – Course Description).

  2. In compliance with the Postgraduate Studies Rules, the following assessment methods are implemented for the postgraduate seminars:
    • active and constructive participation in class and punctual submission of coursework: up to 10%
    • oral and written assignments (e.g. critical review of bibliography, short essays on assigned topics, seminar paper outline, etc.): up to 30%
    • seminar paper (oral presentation in class and written form ± 6000 words): up to 60% (evaluation criteria: content, structure, argumentation, methodology, critical thinking, use of sources, expression, number of words). The final decision about the word-limit rests with the instructor.
    The percentage may vary according to the field of specialization and the instructor. In any case, the students are informed about the assessment methods during the first week of the semester, as regulated by the Postgraduate Studies Rules §1.7

  3. In the Colloquium of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, members of the academic staff of the University of Cyprus, invited researchers and PhD candidates present their research. MA students are required to participate actively with questions and comments. In the context of the composition of their MA theses (1st Option), students present their theses in the Colloquium.