Are you interested in exploring classical material and visual culture, and its impact upon subsequent historical conceptions of antiquity? If so, this course is the ideal foundation for a career in museum work or education. It also equips you for further PhD study in related fields.
You will undertake specialist research training in art, numismatics and epigraphy, with museum visits forming an important part of the programme. Teaching comprises two core modules — one language module and the other focusing on issues of reception, historiography and museum display — plus your choice of optional modules.
Options can be taken from within the Classics Department or you may decide to study a module from a related department, such as History of Art. Over the summer, you will complete a supervised dissertation, enabling you to research independently an area of personal academic interest in more depth.
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.
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
Recipient: University of Warwick
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