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Course overview

  • Join a department with a long and distinguished history and an excellent record in both teaching and research, supported by excellent resources.
  • Enjoy opportunities to begin or continue your study of Ancient Greek or Latin.
  • Access the exclusive holdings of The John Rylands Library, home to one of the most important collections of papyri in the world, including fragments of works by ancient authors such as Homer and Hippocrates.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500 
  • International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MA (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


Each year the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offer a number of  School awards  and  Subject-specific bursaries  (the values of which are usually set at Home/EU fees level), open to both Home/EU and international students. The deadline for these is early February each year. Details of all funding opportunities, including deadlines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the  School's funding page  where you can also find details of the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme.

See also  the University's postgraduate funding database  to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities.

Entry requirements

English language

An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS is required or 100+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 25.

If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our  English language requirements  to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please refer to the following School page regarding subject-specific requirements. These are in addition to the basic prerequisites as shown under entry requirements:

For references, please email the following link to your referees:

References for master's applications

Advice to applicants

Please note that this course teaches during business hours and does not offer distance learning.

The part-time mode of attendance aims to concentrate contact time onto two days.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries that equate to a UK 2.1. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

If English is not your first language, please provide us with evidence of: 

  • an overall grade 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS; or
  • 100+ in the IBT Internet-based TOEFL).

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a variety of teaching methods, depending on the units you take. These can include seminars, e-learning and one-to-one sessions.

Taught units usually involve 11 'classroom' hours consisting of both student-led and tutor-led discussion, supported by additional guidance and planning sessions.

The usual pattern for a Directed Reading course unit is six to eight hours of contact time, which may be individual or in a small group, or a mixture of the two.

Coursework and assessment

Taught units are usually assessed by extended essay, but assessment might also include oral presentations, conference posters, commentary exercises and (particularly for language units) formal examinations.

You will also write a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

Course unit details

The MA is made up of a taught element (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). 

If you are particularly keen to take a specific course unit, you are advised to discuss your plans with the Programme Director, Dr Ruth Morello (  ).

Research training

Our core unit, 'Studying the Ancient World: Techniques and Approaches', introduces you to the key research questions and methods involved in advanced study of the discipline and, in Semester 2, gives you experience in developing and presenting your own research project.

Language units

If you are a beginner, you will take one of our specially-designed 'intensive' courses in Latin or Greek, which will put you in a position to start reading ancient texts in the original language before the end of your MA.

If you are already at a very advanced stage in both languages, you will take a specially-designed course unit which allows you further to develop your language skills in an area related to your research interests (for example, palaeography, papyrology, textual criticism or epigraphy).

Taught course units

The remainder of your taught credits are selected from a range of taught units, chosen from a menu covering a range of topics in Greek and Roman history, literature, and culture. Most taught units are worth 15 credits.

It is possible for one of these units to be an approved unit from another subject area (for example, History or Archaeology), or a Directed Reading course, in which you are free to pursue whatever avenue is of interest to you, by negotiation with a tutor and with the Postgraduate Programme Director.


The Manchester Museum houses one of the UK's most important collections, including artefacts of particular relevance to ancient historians.

Find out more on the Facilities page.

Career opportunities

This non-vocational master's degree teaches and develops a wealth of transferable skills, and enables students to keep a very wide range of career options open.

Recent graduates have gone on to vocational MAs (eg in Gallery and Museum Studies), PhDs in Classics or Ancient History, teaching, contract researching or working in local or central government, commerce or industry.

Visit the MA Classics & Ancient History page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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