This programme gives you the opportunity to study ancient history at an advanced level, developing your interest in the ancient world and receiving excellent preparation for further graduate research on various topics relating to Greek and Roman history.
Edinburgh is one of the leading centres in the UK for the study of ancient history, in the chronological, geographical and methodological scope of the research interests of its staff. Particular strengths lie in the legal, institutional, social and economic history of the Greek and Roman worlds, as well as in political theory and practice, Hellenistic history, and late antique history.
The flexible structure of the course allows you to build up a combination of courses in any of these fields or to focus on one specific topic or period. You will also be part of the lively academic community of the Classics department, which hosts regular seminars, lectures and conferences.
The programme is modular, designed to allow both breadth of coverage and specialisation. The compulsory course will provide you with the key methodological and practical skills required of researchers in all classical subjects, while the option courses offer a level of flexibility, allowing you to both develop or cement your language skills and explore a diverse range of in-depth historical topics.
Independent research, in the form of a 15,000 word dissertation, forms a substantial component of the course, challenging you to build on the material and approaches covered in the taught courses and to develop your research skills. Most teaching takes place in small-group seminars.
considerable familiarity with many aspects of ancient history and the principal challenges, approaches and issues involved in their study specialist understanding of the intellectual background of ancient history as a distinct discipline development of existing reading/writing skills, through critical assessment of written work advanced appreciation of a wide range of methodologies involved in evaluating and employing sources of ancient historical evidence, through participation in core course and assessed work the option to further develop language skills (normally Greek and Latin), which can be acquired by instruction and assessed exercises specialist understanding of at least one significant field of research in associated cultural history, developed and assessed through a 15,000-word dissertation.
The MSc will provide you with the knowledge and skills essential to pursue doctoral research in ancient history or a related field (whether at Edinburgh or elsewhere), and ultimately an academic career. Moreover, the transferable skills you will acquire with this programme will be invaluable for careers in museum work, cultural heritage and conservation, secondary education, library or archive work.