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  MA - Ancient Visual and Material Culture


University of Warwick    Department of Classics and Ancient History

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2 years part time Award winner
History & Archaeology (19)

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The MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture at Warwick University is a fascinating programme for those interested in the ancient world. Designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the visual and material culture of antiquity, this MA offers a range of modules to delve into specific areas such as art, epigraphy, and numismatics. With a strong emphasis on research techniques, this programme prepares students for further research or careers in museums, curatorial work, or education. To be considered for entry, applicants should have a good 2:i undergraduate degree in Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology, or a relevant subject.

About the course

The Ancient Visual and Material Culture MA will train you for further research in the fields of art, numismatics or epigraphy. Acquire necessary research techniques and skills at Warwick's Classics and Ancient History department.

Course overview

The taught MA courses provide an overview of the scope of the visual and material culture of the ancient world, the ways in which it might be studied, and the questions that can be asked of it.

The core module gives you an awareness of historiography and methodological issues affecting the study of the material culture of the ancient world as well as inviting you to consider the ways in which its study can contribute to our picture of antiquity.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to have achieved or be expecting to achieve a good 2:1 undergraduate degree in Classics/Ancient History/Archaeology or a relevant subject to be considered for entry.




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Kathryn Thompson
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Very soon into my Bachelors degree, I realised that studying the ancient world at undergraduate level alone was not going to satiate the passion I had discovered for my discipline. By the end of my second year, I had my heart set on undertaking a Masters degree – in particular, the Taught MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture offered by the Classics department at Warwick.

This MA programme was ideal for me for several reasons: I had come to Warwick primarily as a linguist, having studied Latin to A-Level and excited by the prospect of learning Ancient Greek, and so I enrolled on the Q800 Classics course – a course primarily aimed at honing Latin and Ancient Greek reading skills to advanced level and the detailed study of ancient texts; in truth, I knew very little about the ‘wider’ ancient world when I first came to Warwick; but by the end of my undergraduate degree I had developed a particular interest in the art and visual culture of Greco-Roman civilisation, and it was this interest that I was eager to pursue. The Taught MA would provide me with the necessary all-round training in vital areas of material culture based research – such as epigraphy, numismatics and reception studies – and help me use my language skills to best effect in order to make a unique contribution to research in this area. Warwick’s Classics and Ancient History Department is especially strong in the fields of material culture and the Classical Tradition, so I knew it was definitely an academic community that I wanted to be a part of.

Many of the current PhD students have become like mentors to me, and I have gradually grown confident enough to contribute to our joint seminars and make suggestions for improving the postgraduate experience on offer here. I am so glad that I decided to remain at Warwick. I am excited at the prospect of presenting the department colloquium next year (this year I was sat in the audience!) and I have seen my research grow in clarity and assertiveness as my MA year has progressed. Currently I aspire to remain in the academic community after finishing my PhD, as I want to continue to research but also teach and enthuse others.

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