Masters | Postgraduate Course - Classics and Ancient History MA Course Details within University of Exeter

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Classics and Ancient History MA

Study Details

MA Full time 1 year Part time 2 years

Our innovative MA in Classics and Ancient History gives you the chance to study for a world-class degree with the flexibility to tailor the programme to match your own interests. We will give you a supportive and stimulating environment in which to enhance the knowledge and skills you picked up at Undergraduate level.

You can choose to follow an open pathway to mix your modules and interests or one of the specially designed research streams that match our own specialisms. The research streams we currently offer are:

• Ancient Philosophy, Science and Medicine 
• Ancient Politics and Society
• Classical Receptions 
• Cultural Histories and Material Exchanges 
• Literary Interactions

At the heart of the Department is the A.G. Leventis Room, our dedicated Postgraduate study space, which you will have full access to. You might also take the opportunity to participate in Isca Latina, our local schools Latin outreach programme. We have a vibrant Postgraduate community which we hope you will become an active part of.

If you decide to join us at Exeter you will become part of one of the largest and most successful Classics and Ancient History Departments in the UK. We have an excellent reputation for both our teaching and our research with league table rankings to match.

Module details

The MA Classics and Ancient History programme is a one year full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework level 7. The programme can also be studied part time. The programme is further divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

Compulsory modules
Research Methodology and the Dissertation are compulsory. The research methodology module can be 'tailor made' to individual student needs. The dissertation is 20,000 words (including footnotes and titles).

  • Research Skills in Classics and Ancient History 30
  • Dissertation in Classics and Ancient History 60

Optional modules
The optional modules determine the main focus of your MA study.
The optional modules contain a range of Greek and Latin language modules appropriate for different levels of language competence and experience on entry to the programme.
Students beginning a Classical language take CLAM201 Classical Language & Texts: Greek I (30 credits) or CLAM251 Classical Language and Texts: Latin I (30 credits) Students with a Classical language at Beginners' level take CLAM252 Latin II or CLAM202 Greek II.
Students with a Classical language at Intermediate level take CLAM254 Latin III, CLAM255 Latin IV or CLAM204 Greek III, CLAM205 Greek IV. 
Students with Classical language at Degree level choose from CLAM Greek Comedy, CLAM012A Latin Epic, or CLAM038 Independent Reading in Greek and Latin Authors.

  • History Through Art and Archaeology 15
  • The City of Rome (subject to availability) 30
  • Hellenistic Culture and Society - History 15
  • Hellenistic Culture and Society - Literature 15
  • Cultural Transformations in Late Antiquity 15
  • Migration and the Migrant Through Ancient and Modern Eyes 15
  • Ancient Philosophy: Truth and Ancient Thought 15
  • Rome: Globalisation, Materiality 15
  • The Western Dragon in Lore, Literature and Art 15

Entry Requirements

2.1 Honours Degree in Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or other relevant subject (e.g Archaeology, English, History). Prior knowledge of Greek and/or Latin not required.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

Many of our students decide to take their studies on to doctoral level and we are very happy to provide mentoring and support if you decide to take this path. Of course a PhD isn’t the only option available to you on completing our MA.

During your time with us you will have a developed an excellent range of skills in logical thinking, interpreting, analysing and evaluating information, and communication. A range of options will be open to you, you might take a career path in a related area such as museum and cultural heritage work or teaching. Alternatively you might choose to pursue a different profession using your relevant skills, perhaps joining the Civil Service or working in business, law or management.

Some destinations of graduates from Classics and Ancient History programmes are:

•Classics Teacher
•Client Executive
•Executive Search Researcher
•Human Resources Adviser
•Legal Assistant
•Personal Incident Manager
•Producer of West End Shows
•Project Manager
•Property Manager
•Publishing Assistant
•Quality Controller