Research course

Digital and Spatial Classics

Open University · Department of Classical Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Digital Classics is a rapidly growing discipline at the OU with connections across Arts, as well as to a wide range of international higher educational institutions. With external funding from various government agencies and commercial bodies, and collaborating with major international partners, the Digital Classics research group has been instrumental in building transferable tools and establishing a set of international standards for exploring and visualising the ancient world online. Challenging the prevailing cartographic vision of places as dots on a map, the Hestia project uses digital tools to visualise and question the ways in which geographic space is organised in Herodotus’s Histories. The Google Ancient Places (GAP) project has built an innovative web platform for reading texts spatially. The Pelagios network links data from international archives and museums in creating a world wide web of antiquity. These technologies are transforming the cultural capital of the ancient world online, the way that information about the ancient world is found and can be used, and how the past is conceived.

If you would like to join us as a full- or part-time research student, in an area that corresponds to the research interests of one or more members of staff, please contact the department for an informal preliminary discussion. A well thought-out research proposal which sets out specific research questions and your strategies for addressing them, and which outlines the originality of your topic or approach, will enhance your chances of admission. We are always glad to offer advice before application (for example, on how your project might enhance existing work in the field; what facilities you would need; what ancient and/or modern language ability you need for your project; and how you could participate in the department’s research culture and engage with students in other universities).

Department specialisms

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 653247