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Course content

Discover the history, society and culture of the Greek and Roman world, through a combination of taught modules and individual research in this flexible programme.

Under the supervision of leading experts, you can pursue your own interests from Archaic Greece to Late Antiquity.

Distinctive features:

• Freedom to select optional modules tailored to your interests.

• Additional opportunity to specialise :

- Art and archaeology
- Warfare
- Late Antique and Byzantine worlds


You take a total of 180 credits of modules over one year (two semesters) for full-time study or over two years for part-time study. This includes 120 credits of taught modules.

Following successful completion of the taught stage you will progress to the dissertation (60 credits).

For this element of the programme you research and write your 20,000 words on a subject of your choice, approved in consultation with academic staff.

Core modules:

Themes and Approaches in Ancient History
Skills and Methods for Postgraduate Study


You will be taught through a mix of seminars, lectures, tutorials and language classes. As part of the programme, you will be supported to deliver presentations to your fellow MA students within our supportive community.

The taught element of the MA runs from October to May, and combines research training modules, study of an ancient language, and a choice of specialised options (listed below). It is also possible to take a residential course at the British School in Athens or the British School in Rome, subject to British School admission.

During the taught stage of the MA, you lay the foundations for the second part of the course, which is an individual research project, carried out between May and September, leading up to a dissertation of 20,000 words.


Taught stage assessment is via essays, presentation and written examinations (for ancient or modern languages).

On successful completion of the taught elements of the programme you will progress to a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a topic or theme of your choice (subject to the approval of your supervisor).

Visit the Ancient History MA page on the Cardiff University website for more details!





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