Postgraduate study in Ancient History

Classics and Ancient History maintains a lively and intellectually challenging research culture among students from different disciplines with a wide range of skills. We currently have a substantial number of MA and PhD students, and recent appointments have increased the range of staff research interests.

Our graduates

We have been connected over many decades with the development of important scholars, authors and university teachers in the areas of ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt.

Previous postgraduate students have gone on to PhD study, to academic positions in Britain, the USA and New Zealand, and to careers in law, teaching, and business.
 

Postgraduate study opportunities in Ancient History

You will undertake advanced work in two of the three streams of Greece, Rome and Egypt.

Postgraduate courses in Ancient History reflect our research strengths:

  • Greek and Roman history and historiography
  • Egyptian history
  • late antiquity
  • archaeology and art history
  • the intellectual world of Greece and Rome.

Each year a different range of courses is made available. The content of courses titled "Topic in ..." changes from year to year, with content decided by the end of the preceding year. For information contact the Classics and Ancient History.
 

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Ancient History

The BA(Hons) is a stand alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MA.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Ancient History or Classical Studies, or a major in Greek or Latin plus 90 points in Ancient History or Classical Studies. You must have an average grade of B or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the major.

You must have passed at least one of ANCHIST 310, 340, GREEK 101, LATIN 101.

Programme overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Required course of study

The BA(Hons) in Ancient History (120 points) consists of:

  • language study (14 points)
  • research essays (30 points)
  • taught courses in ancient history and society (75 points). These courses are taken in two of the three historical areas (Greek, Roman and Egyptian). In consultation with the Graduate Adviser, you may take up to 30 of these points from other disciplines such as Greek or Latin.

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for the courses you may take and how to structure your study.

Master of Arts in Ancient History

Programme overview

Master of Arts

There are two separate MA options, depending on your entrance pathway.

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120-point MA requires one year of full-time study, with admission from a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Ancient History with an average grade of B or higher. There are higher requirements for some research options.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

240-point MA (two-year)

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study, with admission from a BA or approved equivalent qualification. It is available as either a research or taught masters.  

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Ancient History or Classical Studies, or a major in Greek or Latin plus 90 points in Ancient History or Classical Studies. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major. You must have passed at least one of ANCHIST 310, 340, GREEK 101, LATIN 101.  

To progress to the second year of the MA

In the first 120 points of MA enrolment, you must achieve:

  • An average grade of B, or
  • For a research masters, any grade specified for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio.

If you do not achieve the required grade, enrolment for the MA cannot continue.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.

Contact a Graduate Adviser

For more information on postgradute study in Ancient History, contact an Adviser.