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MA Classics & Ancient History

Course Description

Course description:

The MA in Classics and Ancient History is extremely flexible and wide-ranging. In this it reflects the broad, multidisciplinary nature of the subject, which includes Latin and Greek language, the history of Greek and Roman antiquity from archaic times to the beginning of the Middle Ages, and Greek and Roman literature and culture. The MA is designed to introduce students to advanced study in their chosen field and to equip them with the skills required for doctoral research. The programme and most modules within it allow students to tailor their advanced study and research-preparation to their interests, needs and existing knowledge. Apart from the thesis, the only compulsory unit of the four required is that devoted to research training, although one of the other three is normally a language at the appropriate level. (No existing knowledge of Latin or Greek is required, but we do expect all students to acquire some knowledge of one of the languages during the MA). Apart from these requirements, students are able to choose freely in constructing an MA course which best suits their interests and skills.
In addition, we offer one specialist pathway through the MA programme, namely the 'City of Rome' pathway. This pathway involves taking a course unit at the British School at Rome, for which students prepare by studying a course on Roman social and urban history.


On successful completion of the MA in Classics and Ancient History, students will:
i. demonstrate the enhancement of previously acquired skills at a more critical, reflective, and sophisticated level, especially skills involving synthesising information from a variety of sources, historical and/or literary interpretation, exercising independent and critical judgement.
ii. understand and respect the `otherness' of the past by developing specialist knowledge about one or more aspect of Graeco-Roman civilisation.
iii. be able to describe, analyse, and assess ancient sources, including (as appropriate) literary, non-literary, visual, and material evidence.
iv. be able to design and complete a substantial piece of independent research.
v. work effectively as autonomous scholars.
vi. be able to understand complex problems and communicate them clearly in oral and written form, with the help, where appropriate, of visual or graphic aids.

Coursework and assessment:

The MA in Classics & Ancient History is made up of a taught element (120 credits, normally spread over four taught units) and a dissertation. 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. In more detail, the structure of the course is as follows: Research training: 30 credits. Our core course, '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 the second semester, gives you experience in developing and presenting your own research project.
Taught course-unit I: 30 credits. Normally a language course at an appropriate level. This is usually Greek or Latin for those at any level below Advanced III in our undergraduate programmes or their equivalent; or a modern language (usually German or Italian) for those with advanced Greek and Latin.
Taught course-unit II: 30 credits. An option chosen from the dedicated MA course-units offered annually, from a menu covering a range of topics in Greek and Roman history, literature, and culture. These course-units are based on a normal pattern of 11-22 contact hours (depending on student numbers), consisting of both student-led and tutor-led discussion.
Taught course-unit III: 30 credits. One other course-unit, which might be another from the department's range of taught units, or an approved unit from another subject area (for example, History or Archaeology), or a Directed Reading course, in which the student is free to pursue whatever avenue is of interest to him/her, by negotiation with a tutor and with the Postgraduate Programme Director. The usual pattern for a Directed Reading course is 6 to 8 hours of contact time, which may be individual or in a small group, or a mixture of the two.
A dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words: 60 credits.

Course unit details:

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Scholarships and bursaries:

Each year, a number of scholarships, studentships and bursaries for postgraduate study are awarded on a competitive basis by the University, Research Councils UK or other external funders. Visit our website for information on funding opportunities:

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Entry Requirements

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