MA - Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Greece

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) Linguistics & Classics (23)

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Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Ancient Greece with the MA in Visual and Material Culture. Delivered by Warwick's esteemed Classics and Ancient History Department, this programme offers a comprehensive exploration of the history and material culture of Ancient Greece. You'll have the incredible opportunity to study at the British School in Athens, gaining hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of this fascinating era. Whether you aspire to pursue further research, work in museums or education, this MA equips you with essential skills in research techniques, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Join us to unlock the secrets of Ancient Greece and embark on an exciting career path. To be eligible, you'll need a solid 2:i undergraduate degree in Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology, or a related field.

About the course

Warwick's Classics and Ancient History Department have expertly designed this MA to focus on the history and material culture of Ancient Greece. With one module taught by the British School at Athens, you will go to Athens or Crete in the late spring/early summer.

Course overview

Our Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Greece MA course provides a thorough preparation in research techniques if you are considering further research in the fields of art, numismatics or epigraphy, or are working on an historical topic that involves the consideration of material evidence. It will also provide a detailed understanding of ancient visual and material culture to prepare you if you are aiming to enter a career in museums and curatorial work, or in education.

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Entry Requirements

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


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Student Profile

Kathryn Thompson

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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