Research course


Newcastle University · School of History, Classics and Archaeology
MLitt by research

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in classics or a related subject. We will give specific consideration to any independent research you do as part of your studies.

Months of entry


Course content

In Classics at Newcastle we have a long and distinguished international reputation for our research and teaching. Latin and Greek have been taught here since 1874, and Classical Archaeology since 1931. Our staff include scholars of outstanding international reputation, and our research covers all major aspects of the study of the ancient world.

We welcome postgraduate students in any of our areas of research expertise. We cover a vast range of classical subjects, from material culture and history, through language and literature, to philosophy and the history of science and medicine. We also have strong links with related disciplines such as History, Archaeology, and Modern Languages.

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.

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Department specialisms

Ancient history and classical archaeology: the history and archaeology of pre-Roman and Roman Italy; the late Roman Republic; Greco–Roman religion; the social and cultural history of the Roman Empire; Roman Greece; Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt; History of the Jews; Greek art and archaeology; the history and archaeology of the ancient Near East. Classical language and literature: Latin language and literature; Ancient oratory and rhetoric; Latin poetry; Ancient historiography; Greek tragedy; Greek influence on later literature; Greek and Roman music. Philosophy and science: Ancient and early Christian philosophy; the history of Greek and Roman medicine; Greek and Roman music; the exact sciences in Graeco-Roman antiquity

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 5 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills). Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt by research
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Sandra Fletcher, School of Historical Studies
+44 (0) 191 208 7966