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MA in Classical Studies

Course Description

MA in Classical Studies

This MA is designed to help you acquire and develop research skills that will enhance your knowledge of the ancient Graeco-Roman world and prepare you for independent study culminating in a dissertation.

You will investigate Classical Studies as a multidisciplinary field, through direct contact with texts, artefacts and other surviving evidence from classical antiquity. This fragmentary evidence is examined from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives including options in classical archaeology, language and reception, and a subject module based around the body in classical antiquity.

Compulsory modules

Part 1 (A863) (60 credits)

Is designed to help you explore the cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome more deeply and more independently. Designed around the question ‘How do we know what we know?', it invites you to explore classical studies as an interdisciplinary and changing field which involves not only discovering new materials, but also developing new ways of studying our evidence. You will be introduced to classical studies at postgraduate level, helping you to acquire and develop research skills which will not only prepare you for further study but will be useful in a range of types of employment.

Part 2 (A864) (120 credits)

Draws on cutting edge research, exploring aspects such as birth, death, ancient medicine, dress and beauty in an interdisciplinary way, preparing you for the writing of your dissertation, the submission of which will end your studies.

Career relevance

Studying an MA in Classical Studies at the OU is challenging but fun. You will learn about the many different aspects of Greek and Roman worlds - their literature, history, philosophy and material cultures - and the various ways one can approach them through a scholarly tradition that is both fast-moving and long-standing. As well as giving you the opportunity to explore an area of that world which particularly interests you, by means of developing your critical ability and independent thinking the MA in Classical Studies can help benefit your career and even be the first step towards a PhD. Above all, it will lead to a better understanding of where we come from and who we are today.

Visit the MA in Classical Studies page on the Open University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must hold an honours degree to be accepted for the MA in Classical Studies. Your degree need not be in the subject area, but you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in that area and show some knowledge of classical studies. Part 1 brings you up to date with the latest ideas and approaches in classical studies but does not offer remedial undergraduate training for those who have an inappropriate bachelors degree or inadequate experience.

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