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Department of Classics and Ancient History

Taught Degrees

The Department of Classics & Ancient History is able to provide exceptionally rich resources for Masters-level work, whatever your reason for thinking about an MA:

  • as preparation for higher research (for example PhD work)
  • to allow you to go deeper into subjects you enjoyed as an undergraduate
  • to give you a highly-regarded degree which attests to your personal enthusiasm, dedication, and academic achievement.

Over the past five years, graduates of our Taught MA programmes have gone onto receive funded offers to pursue doctorates at institutions including Cambridge University, Durham University, Georgia State University, Oxford University, Stanford University, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, University of Oklahoma, University of St Andrews, and University of Warwick.

Others have gone on to pursue successful careers in a variety of fields from accountancy to teaching, bringing with them the added prestige of a higher degree and the advanced analytic, communication, and research skills an MA offers.

Many former students, including both those who continued into academia and those who pursued other opportunities, were able to publish work arising from their MAs in prominent journals. For a taster, click through to read the article arising from former student Azzez Siddiqui's MA dissertation in Classical Receptions Journal: ‘Gods into bulls, men into wolves, women into spiders’: classical metamorphosis in The Satanic Verses'.

Our programmes

Our core programme is the MA in Classics, a research training degree developed with a particular view to the needs of students who plan to pursue higher research in Classics. Its success can be measured by the fact that, for example, fully seven of our PhD students who won AHRC funding for their doctoral projects are graduates of this programme. 

In addition to the general MA in Classics, we also have two specialised MA programmes in areas where we have particular research strength and where students may wish to acquire a qualification whose title recognises the particular specialisation:

All of the courses have a similar structure: all last for one year if taken full time, and can also be taken part-time over two years. There is a common research training module, language work is required in each, and every Masters student writes a dissertation (of 12,000 - 15,000 words). Details of further modules for each programme can be found by following the links above.

Prospective students are also encouraged to consider the Recommended Reading List (in Translation) for Incoming MA Students, in order to gain further context for their MA studies in the Department of Classics and Ancient History.



The current director of taught MA studies in the Classics department is Dr Kathryn Stevens. Please contact her if you are thinking of applying and have any questions about the programmes or the application process.

Funding Opportunities

click here to find out what postgraduate funding is available within the Arts & Humanites Faculty and how you can apply for it.