Taught course

Ancient History

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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 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

  • Flexible programme geared to the student’s interests.
  • Training in research skills and methods, theoretical concepts and the techniques of conducting and writing up an independent research project.
  • Students can take a course at the British School in Athens or Rome.

Full details of this programme are available on the Cardiff University website: http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/p009.html

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 is required.

Fees and funding

This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme. If you are looking at applying for a Masters degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding. It is recognised, however, that in making this application there is not a commitment to undertake further study, or to undertake further studies at Cardiff University. Similarly, in making an award, Cardiff University is not committing to making an offer for further study or for a further award.

For more information about the scholarships and how to apply please see this website:www.cardiff.ac.uk/pgt/p/scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Guy Bradley
+44 (0)29 2087 0903
+44 (0)29 2087 4929