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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.

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.


Funding Opportunities

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