Taught course

Religious Studies: Religion in Late Antiquity

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Entry requirements

1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject. The course is suitable for graduates in Religious Studies as well as a wide variety of Humanities and Social Sciences subjects. Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This is one of four distinct pathway on the MA Religious Studies course.

Late Antiquity, the period of history stretching from 200-800AD, is widely regarded as one of the most important times in world history. It witnessed the consolidation and emergence of many of the major world faiths, e.g. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and is a period rich in historical and cultural significance for understanding religion in the modern age.

The MA in Religious Studies: Religion in Late Antiquity Pathway draws on internationally-recognised expertise in Religion from Late Antiquity to the contemporary era, across a wide geographical area, and with sensitivity to issues in the public eye. Classes are delivered via small student-focussed tutorials rather than formal lectures, and with individual interests and flexibility in mind. Students will have a unique opportunity to engage in postgraduate research culture, by participating in activities of the Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture.

he Religion in Late Antiquity Pathway provides students with a unique opportunity to develop their understanding of religions in Antiquity (including Paganism, Gnosticism, and Zoroastrianism), and to study in depth the religious and cultural transformations that occurred during this period.

This will be achieved via the theological, historical, and linguistic analysis of texts, archaeology, and artefacts from Late Antiquity. Cardiff University offers unique expertise in Christian origins, Latin and Greek Patristics, Late Roman and Persian imperial history, Syriac language and culture, and Byzantine history.

Optional provision in the teaching of source languages, especially Greek, Latin, Syriac, and Arabic, are particular highlights of the course. On completion of the Religion in Late Antiquity Pathway, graduates will be well-equipped to pursue further research in late antique studies, as well as to teach more broadly across the history of late antique religions and culture.

Information for international students

International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Sophie Gilliat-Ray
+44 (0)29 2087 6125