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The MRes Classical Studies concentrates on the literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world. The programme is divided into a 60 credit taught part and a Dissertation of 120 credits amounting to up to 30,000 words in total.

Course Overview

An MRes in Classical Studies gives you the opportunity to study a range of modules on classical literature, and aspects of everyday life in the ancient world. Students study what amounts to 3 taught modules chosen from the collection of modules on the programme, with a requirement that one of the choices be a Research Methods module. The dissertation of between 25000 to 30000 words forms the heart of this programme and allows the student to investigate in depth a topic or area of particular interest to them.


Students will choose three modules. Below is an illustrative list of modules available:
-Women in Ancient Myth
-Medicine in the Ancient World
-Erotic Poetry in the Ancient World
-Stories, Histories, and Ticket-Sales: Greeks and Romans on the Silver Screen
-Myth in Epic

Key Features

The MRes in Classical Studies will have a special appeal to those students who wish to study the ancient world with a focus on language and literature, and the interpretation of ancient texts. Providing our students with a range of learning opportunities and excellent teaching is the primary aim of the School of Classics.

All our modules, including our Dissertation supervision, are delivered by specialists and active researchers. The influence of our research on our teaching offers our students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries.

Our programme is designed to help learners both on campus and at a distance. Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a live forum through which students and staff can interact, through which students are able better to revise and explore difficult topics and through which students are better able to access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.

Studying Classical Studies with us here at Trinity Saint David means research-led teaching and research-active learning in an environment that allows for both full use of the virtual world and the personal approach of expert tuition.


An MRes degree in Classical Studies involves a wide range of assessment methods. This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in clear, professional and a lucid manner, whether orally or in writing. In addition to traditional essays, you will be assessed through bibliographic exercises, presentations – oral and powerpoint based, creation of abstracts, in-house conference papers, article reviews, creation of project plans and, of course, the dissertation. The Dissertation is between 25,000 and 30,000 words.

Career Opportunities

The programme provides a broad foundation for postgraduate work, by laying particular stress on the methodologies and research tools needed for independent advanced study, thus acting as training for students who intend to undertake an MPhil or PhD.

The course also provides a professional qualification for teachers or others seeking Continuing Professional Development.

Visit the Classical Studies - MRes page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!




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