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Rome - Ancient and Modern MA (Canterbury & Rome)

Course Description

Rome - Ancient and Modern is a unique programme that enables you to engage with the city of Rome as contemporary city with major archaeological, artistic, and historic significance.

Students will be equipped to study the early modern art and architecture of the city, while at the same time be well equipped to engage with the remains from antiquity. There is no other programme that offers this combination and the opportunity to study on-site in Rome with the archaeology, the paintings, and the sculpture right in front of you.

Our Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies (http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/classics/index.html) contains one of the largest concentrations of experts in Roman History and Archaeology with experts in Pompeii, Rome, Egypt, as well as in the study of artefacts and of ancient medicine. You spend your first term at our beautiful campus overlooking the Roman and Medieval city of Canterbury, just one hour from London. While in Canterbury, you gain training in research skills in both Roman History and in Archaeology.

The second term is based in Rome, at the campus of the American University of Rome (https://www.aur.edu/), where you study the sites and museums of ancient Rome. All teaching is in English.

This is an ideal programme for graduates of history, ancient history, classics or the wider humanities, wanting to gain practical experience in applying their expertise and benefit from the experience and confidence gained from living and studying overseas.

Course structure

For the term spent in Rome, you study the monuments and artefacts of the city at first hand, visiting relevant sites and museums. University of Kent staff are present for part of the spring term in Rome to ensure continuity of academic guidance and pastoral support.


Autumn term in Canterbury
- Research Methods in Ancient History (30 credits)
- Introduction to Research in History & Philosophy of Art (30 credits)

Spring term in Rome
- Rome –The Imperial City (30 credits)
- Discovering Rome in Rome (30 credits)
- Summer term through to end of August in Canterbury Dissertation (60 credits)


All assessment is by coursework, involving a variety of written work, essays, a literature review, and a 15,000-word dissertation; and oral presentations, including a guided itinerary through Rome.

Visit the Rome - Ancient and Modern MA (Canterbury & Rome) page on the University of Kent, Rome website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree (or its equivalent) in a cognate subject, for example Archaeology, History, History of Art; or other subjects containing an element relevant to this programme of study. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website).

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