The MA in Ancient History has a focus on research training that will place you in a strong position for further study for a PhD or for careers outside academia that require research skills.

The major civilisations of the ancient world, including those of Egypt, Greece and Rome, still shape global culture today. Our MA in Ancient History enables you to gain an advanced understanding of ancient culture, whether you focus on literature, thought, art or religion. The MA gives you an opportunity explore the history, political and social organisation, or material artefacts of ancient cultures, to demonstrate a critical engagement and develop an informed sense of the similarities and differences between them and our own culture.

The programme allows you to develop your research skills and to become by the end of the degree an independent researcher, well equipped for future work for a PhD or to undertake research outside academia. The programme begins by focusing on research skills, which you study alongside either an option module or a language module (in ancient Greek or Latin). For the Spring Term, you choose two option modules that reflect the research interests of staff within the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies.

In the summer, you write a dissertation of up to 15,000 words with advice from one of our experts to demonstrate the skills that you will have gained during your 12 month MA.

Study Details:

MA: 1 year full-time, part-time available

Module Details:

Compulsory modules currently include
Optional modules may include
  • CL898 – Rome: The Myth of the Eternal City (30 credits)
  • CL359 – Greek for Beginners 1 (15 credits)
  • CL360 – Greek for Beginners 2 (15 credits)
  • CL364 – Latin for Beginners 1 (15 credits)
  • CL365 – Latin for Beginners 2 (15 credits)
  • CL753 – Advanced Greek Prose (15 credits)
  • CL755 – Intermediate Greek 1 (15 credits)
  • CL756 – Intermediate Greek 2 (15 credits)
  • CL757 – Advanced Greek Verse (15 credits)
  • CL758 – Advanced Latin Prose (15 credits)
  • CL759 – Advanced Latin Verse (15 credits)
  • CL760 – Intermediate Latin 1 (15 credits)
  • CL761 – Intermediate Latin 2 (15 credits)
  • CL805 – Contemporary Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Issues (30 credits)
  • CL807 – Roman Archaeology: Northern Provinces of the Empire from their Iron Age (30 credits)
  • CL820 – The Political, Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic World (30 credits)
  • CL821 – Ancient Greek Science: Astronomy and Medicine (30 credits)
  • CL828 – Rome-The Imperial City (30 credits)

Compulsory modules currently include

Programme Funding

Funding opportunities including scholarships available 

Student Destinations

Our MA programmes include much scope for vocational training, skills acquisition and guided project work, often with use of our extensive facilities. These aspects of our programmes have been praised by external assessors in recent years. Recent graduates have progressed to careers in a wide range of related professional and leadership areas, including national and local museums, teaching and senior roles with archaeological organisations (national government institutions, contracting units and trusts). A large proportion of completing Master’s students have progressed onto PhD study.


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Entry Requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in ancient history, ancient history and archaeology, classical studies, classical and archaeological studies or another relevant subject (or the equivalent).

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

For 2021, in response to the challenges caused by Covid-19 we will consider applicants either holding or projected a 2:2 [A second class honours degree (2.2 or above) in a relevant subject; a good honours degree in other subjects together with relevant practical experience.]

This response is part of our flexible approach to admissions whereby we consider each student and their personal circumstances. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

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