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.

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.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Staff in the Classical Studies discipline at The Open University 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; reception studies; spatial classics and digital humanities. Our main research areas include:

  • Ancient and modern reception of classical antiquity
  • Digital and spatial classics
  • Greek and Latin texts
  • Greek and Roman material culture
  • The ancient body.
The research areas 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. We encourage applications for research that is based in any of these areas, particularly projects that work across areas. 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.
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. Staff 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 classical studies staff 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.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Phone
+44 (0)1908 653247