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Postgraduate Degrees in Ancient History

Postgraduate Taught Degrees

We offer a choice of MA programmes, including several interdisciplinary MAs that combine Ancient History with Archaeology, Medieval History or Religious Studies. Our MA programmes are designed to provide structured training in research skills and methods, and a choice of taught thematic modules and research-led Special Topics which enable students to explore their interests in depth. An MA can serve as preparation for doctoral research, but it also provides transferable skills, such as project design and effective written and oral communication, which are applicable to careers in a wide range of fields.

All the MA programmes share a common structure: two semesters of taught courses, followed by a summer dedicated to writing a dissertation. Teaching is through a combination of workshops, small-group seminars and supervised individual research. Assessment is mainly by coursework, with a few exams for language modules. All our MAs can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Applicants should normally have a good first degree in a related subject, or other relevant experience, but we do not require any prior knowledge of Greek or Latin. Reading texts in the original language is essential at this level of study, however, so we provide classes in Greek, Latin and various middle eastern languages at beginners' and advanced levels.

Postgraduate Research Degrees

We can provide supervision for research degrees in a wide range of areas, from Early Iron Age Greece to the Byzantine Empire; see our Research page for details. Current and recent PhD topics include the Athenian navy; baths and bathing in late antiquity; the historiography of ancient colonisation; the role of light troops in Roman warfare; and military imagery in Roman interior decoration.