This stimulating course offers opportunities for you to study the full range of classical literature and history, as well as improving your languages and learning new technical skills.
As this is an intercollegiate MA, jointly run with King’s College London and University College London, you will benefit from the choice of a wide range of fascinating subjects. These include the Greek and Latin literatures from Homer to Late Antiquity, classical reception, ancient history, ancient philosophy and the Greek and Latin languages, as well as key technical skills such as papyrology, epigraphy, and palaeography.
This course is ideal if you are considering progressing to advanced research or wish to add an additional year of high level study to your undergraduate qualification.
- We are an international centre of excellence in research and teaching, promoting understanding and knowledge of the ancient world and its culture.
- You will have the opportunity to take part in our departmental research seminars.
- As we are a College of the University of London, you will have the opporunity to choose intercollegiate course units at King’s College London and UCL.
- We offer units which cover not only Greek and Latin literature, the major periods of ancient history, ancient philosophy and the Greek and Latin languages, but also key technical skills such as papyrology, epigraphy, and palaeography.
- We have an excellent track record of publications that advance the understanding of antiquity.
Department research and industry highlights
- The Department is home to two College Research Centres: the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome and the new Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric.
- Research in the Department covers the whole range of Classical Studies, from Homeric Greece to the very end of the Roman Empire.
- In classical language, literature and thought we are particularly well equipped to supervise dissertations on: Homer, epic tradition, Greek drama, the ancient novel, Greek literature under the Roman Empire, ancient rhetoric and oratory, Latin epic and elegy, ancient myth, ancient philosophy (especially Neoplatonism) and classical reception.
Course content and structure
You will study three elective course units and prepare a dissertation. The elective units must include either at least one taught course which tests knowledge of Greek or Latin in the original or one language acquisition course. The dissertation should normally be in the field of classical language, literature or thought, or the classical tradition. For more information about the course units, please see the Department of Classics' website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/classics/informationforcurrentstudents/home.aspx .
On completion of the course graduates will have: - a detailed knowledge and understanding of the methodologies of classics - an understanding of critical methodologies and their limitations - an understanding of advanced, current research issues relevant to the discipline - a critical awareness of the main forms of material available to you when studying classical antiquity.
Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.
Employability & career opportunities
Our graduates are highly employable and in recent years have entered many classics related areas including academic positions at Oxford, Bristol, and Roehampton Universities, as well as teaching careers in the UK and overseas, archaeological and museum work, and a wide range of other roles.
This taught Master’s course will also provide you with a solid foundation for continued PhD studies.