This is a one-year taught programme which offers the opportunity for in-depth study in any one of three disciplines: history, literature, or sociolinguistics, or in an interdisciplinary combination, all with specific reference to Greece and the Greek-speaking world, and concentrating chiefly on the last two centuries.
Oxford University is one of only two universities in Britain where Medieval and Modern Greek can be studied as a major component of a B.A. degree and at graduate level. Graduate courses in Medieval and Modern Greek literature include taught Master's courses and research degrees (M.Litt. and D.Phil.). The University of Oxford Language Centre also offers courses in Modern Greek (beginners, Intermediate and advanced levels) for students and staff of the University.
Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at King's go back to 1919, when the Koraes Chair was inaugurated. Its first holder was A.J. Toynbee (1889-1975). The Department began to expand in the 1970s, with the establishment of a full undergraduate programme in Modern Greek Language and Literature (now Modern Greek Studies) in 1974, of the MA degree in Late Antique & Byzantine Studies in 1984, and of the MA degree in Modern Greek Studies in 1990. The Department is now the largest of its kind in Britain, and has a long and distinguished tradition of scholarship in the fields of Modern Greek and Byzantine history, language and literature. The Department has six full-time members of academic staff and about forty students, more than half of them engaged in postgraduate study. The Department cooperates closely with the Centre for Hellenic Studies in the College, as well as with academic colleagues in Greece and elsewhere, who frequently visit King's to give lectures and seminars.