Research course

Ancient History

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Entry requirements

Suitable for graduates in Ancient History, Classics, Classical Archaeology and related humanities and social science disciplines. Applicants should normally possess a first or upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject field and a good pass at MA.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The PhD/MPhil in Ancient History offers knowledge and expertise for a career in research (media, commercial, public sector etc), public service, teaching and academia.

Special Features

  • Cardiff offers considerable research strength in ancient history and has very strong links with archaeology, medieval history and religious studies through the Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture.
  • Wide chronological coverage, from Archaic Greece to Late Antiquity
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary research with archaeology, medieval history and religious studies.
  • Encouragement and support for postgraduate students from the University of Wales Institute for Classics and Ancient History, which is run jointly by Cardiff in association with the Departments of Classics and Ancient History at Swansea and Lampeter.

Programme Description

We offer a full range of expertise, but the following areas are of particular strength:

  • History and Archaeology of Archaic Societies
  • Greek Epigraphy
  • Political and Social History of the Greek City States
  • History and Archaeology of the Roman Republic and Empire
  • History and Archaeology of the Later Roman and Early Medieval Periods
  • Warfare in Antiquity
  • Housing and the Built Environment
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Ancient Medicine

Information for international students

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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
36 months

Course contact details

School of History, Archaeology and Religion Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)29 2087 0903
+44 (0)29 2087 4929