Ancient History

Based in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, you join a vibrant academic and research community, proud of our reputation for training the next generation of researchers.

Supervised by experts, our postgraduates encounter exciting opportunities to debate and exchange ideas, whether through our internationally-connected Research Centres or numerous seminar series.

Our projects across disciplines continue to advance research, supported by partners ranging from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to the Wellcome Trust.

Programme aims

To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in research (media, commercial, public sector etc), public service, teaching and academia.

Distinctive features

  • Cardiff offers considerable research strength in ancient history and has very strong links with archaeology, medieval history and religious studies through the Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture.
  • Wide chronological coverage, from Archaic Greece to Late Antiquity
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary research with archaeology, medieval history and religious studies.
  • Encouragement and support for postgraduate students from the University of Wales Institute for Classics and Ancient History, which is run jointly by Cardiff in association with the Departments of Classics and Ancient History at Swansea and Lampeter.

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time, part-time
Qualification PhD, MPhil
Full-time duration PhD 3 years, MPhil 1 year
Part-time duration PhD 5 years, MPhil 2 years
Start dates January, April, July, October

We offer a full range of expertise, but the following areas are of particular strength:

  • History and Archaeology of Archaic Societies, the Roman Republic & Empire or the Later Roman and Early Medieval Periods
  • Greek Epigraphy
  • Political and Social History of the Greek City States
  • History and Archaeology of the Roman Republic and Empire
  • History and Archaeology of the Later Roman and Early Medieval Periods
  • Warfare in Antiquity
  • Housing and the Built Environment
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Ancient Medicine.

Funding

We are delighted to be part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

There are currently no funding opportunities available.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Suitable for graduates in Ancient History, Classics, Classical Archaeology and related humanities and social science disciplines.

Applicants should normally possess a first or upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject field and a good pass at MA.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

Contacts

Administrative contact(s)

School of History, Archaeology and Religion Postgraduate Administrator

Administrative contact

Academic contact(s)

Dr. Laurence Totelin

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Meet us at our Postgraduate Open Day on 22 November 2017.

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