Research course

Classical Studies

Institution
Open University · Department of Classical Studies
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

PhD: The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a master's degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports. If you're not sure if you meet the entry requirements, please contact us (research-degrees-team@open.ac.uk). MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required. The research topic pages (in the menu on the right of our Research areas page) give details of specific entry requirements, and provide contact details to discuss your suitability for the MPhil with a member of academic staff.

- Greek and Latin texts;- Greek and Roman material culture;- Ancient and modern reception of classical antiquity.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Classical Studies staff have expertise in a wide range of subjects and themes from the Greek and Roman world, including: archaeology, art and sculpture; epic, lyric poetry, tragedy and comedy; historiography and philosophy; popular culture and social history; and digital humanities. Our main research areas (or clusters) include:

  • Ancient and modern reception of classical antiquity
  • Digital classics
  • Greek and Latin texts
  • Greek and Roman material culture
  • The ancient body.
The research clusters overlap in important respects and this informs debate and collaboration across themes as well as providing opportunities for exchange with researchers in other subject areas. The department encourages applications for research that is based in any of these clusters, particularly projects that work across clusters. Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours or equivalent qualification, and an MA or research experience or recent publications. Further information can be obtained via the Department (contact details below).
The department’s research has been recognised by funding grants or fellowship awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, JISC , the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, TOPOI: the Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations, and Google. Department members also have leading roles in internationally funded projects such as the Linkeage project in Australia (Classics and Theatre), the European Network of Research in Greek Drama, the Classical Reception Studies Network and EuGeStA (Gender Studies in Antiquity).
The UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) (2014) feedback highlighted the outstanding contributions by the department on the national and international research environment, and we aim to ensure that all our research students have the chance to benefit from and contribute to international debates in their field.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding for more information.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

distance learning
variable months
full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

full time
15 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

Phone
+44 (0)1908 653247