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MA in Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Greece

Course Description

This course enables you to apply the study of ancient material and visual culture to a particular historical and geographical context. You’ll undertake specialist research training in art, numismatics and epigraphy that will equip you for further PhD study in these fields, or for a career in museum work or education.

The course includes a core module in Approaching Ancient Visual and Material Culture, plus a core language module, as well as the Core module in Greece. You will also select one optional module at Warwick.

The MA in the Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Greece is the first in the UK to give you access to the postgraduate training courses of the British School at Athens, an institute for advanced research based in Greece. You will have the opportunity to spend two to three weeks in Athens or Knossos, following a full programme of site visits and seminars from visiting scholars.

Admission to the course is subject to the discretion of the BSA/BSR and cannot be guaranteed. Students are responsible for funding their travel to Greece.

Visit the MA in Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Greece page on the University of Warwick website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kathryn Thompson

2812.jpg 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.


Entry Requirements

At least a 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Classics, Ancient History or a related area. English Language Requirements - Band B, IELTS 7.0.

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