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Ancient History (MA)

1 year (full-time) / 3 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The MA in Ancient History allows students to explore the history, society and culture of the Greek and Roman world from Archaic Greece to Late Antiquity, through a combination of taught modules and individual research.

Special Features

Course Description

The MA in Ancient History is designed to be flexible, enabling students to pursue their own interests whilst gaining a solid foundation of research skills. We offer a range of seminar-based modules that explore major themes and approaches in the study of the ancient world, and a variety of Special Topics in which the student researches a subject of their choice under the guidance of a supervisor. The MA can serve as a basis for doctoral research, but it also provides transferable skills, which will be valuable for a career in academia, the public sector and teaching.

The taught element of the MA runs from October to May, and combines research training modules, study of an ancient language, and a choice of specialised options (listed below). It is also possible to take a residential course at the British School in Athens or the British School in Rome. During the taught stage of the MA, students lay the foundations for the second part of the course, which is an individual research project, carried out between May and September, leading up to a dissertation of 20,000 words. The course can be taken full-time in one year, or part-time over three years.

Course Structure

Students take a total of 180 credits of modules, consisting of:

Skills Acquired

In addition to helping students obtain a detailed and critical knowledge of their chosen area of ancient history, the MA offers the chance to acquire and perfect valuable skills that are applicable to careers in many different fields. Often referred to as transferable or generic skills, these expand students' individual capabilities and make it easier for them to obtain employment and enter their careers with abilities that are widely considered essential for professional success.

Upon completion of the MA in Ancient History, students will have acquired the following skills:

Entry Requirements

1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject.

Suitable for graduates in Ancient History, Classics and Classical Archaeology and related humanities and social science disciplines.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

How to Apply

To make an application please use our Online Application Service and select the MA Ancient History option. Applicants should use the Personal Statement section of the form to outline their area of interest and, if possible, the topic that they hope to research for their dissertation.


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Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £6,000 £14,500
Part-time £3,000 £7,250
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr. Laurence Totelin  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5631 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4929 


School Website:

More information

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published on 2 March 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.