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Explore the ancient world from Archaic Greece to Late Antiquity in this interdisciplinary programme. Under the supervision of leading experts in Ancient History and Archaeology, you will discover new perspectives and develop your skills in interpreting literary, visual and archaeological evidence.


In this interdisciplinary course, you will explore the history and archaeology of the Greek and Roman World. 

It is designed to develop your skills in interpreting literary, artistic and archaeological evidence from the ancient world, building on your first degree in Ancient History, Classics, Archaeology, or another relevant subject.

The course, which consists of taught modules and individual research, is designed to be flexible, enabling you to pursue your own interests whilst gaining a solid foundation of research skills.

It can serve as a basis for doctoral research, but it also provides transferable skills, which will be valuable for a career in any field.

Distinctive features

  • Strong interdisciplinary ethic.
  • Training in research methods and skills, including writing and public speaking.
  • The course allows you to pursue your special interests.
  • The possibility of a residential course at the British School in Athens or the British School in Rome (subject to admission by the appropriate British School).

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a mix of seminars, lectures, tutorials and language classes (depending on modules chosen).

As part of the programme, you will be encouraged to deliver presentations to your fellow MA students within our supportive community.

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).

How will I be supported?

On enrolment you are assigned your own Personal Tutor.

We offer one-to-one time in set office hours during teaching weeks, and also welcome email contact. Additionally, you can make appointments to see your personal tutor or module leaders on a one-to-one basis about any issues. Our Professional Services team is also available for advice and support.

Your personal tutor is your contact point to discuss any problems arising from the course. Further queries should be addressed to the Course Director.

Career prospects

Our graduates typically find employment with organisations such as: CADW, Church in Wales, Council for British Archaeology, Element Productions, Glamorgan Archives, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust, Tate Gallery, Welsh Assembly Government, national and international universities.

Visit the History & Archaeology of the Greek & Roman World - MA page on the Cardiff University website for more details!





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