Research course

Classical Reception

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Classics

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree or overseas equivalent. Alternative entry requirements: Relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area.

Months of entry


Course content

Classical Reception by Research leads you to explore the Classical legacy and to develop skills in research and methodology in this fascinating and growing field of intellectual history. The history and culture of Classical Antiquity have been passed down through generations of thinkers. Writers, artists and scholars have looked to the study of Classics and the Classical past and the lessons that it can teach us. The Classical legacy has shaped modern thought, and consequently, the Classical has shaped the modern.

Classical Reception is a Masters by Research programme and is structured so as to provide you with a training in research skills. You will conduct independent research on a topic of your interest and complete a dissertation. You will be guided in your dissertation through a number of seminars and presentations and supported by expert advice from the teaching team and your own designated advisor. You will also complete a taught course (Making the Classical Past) in the first term which will prepare you for your dissertation by introducing a range of methodological and theoretical issues in the study of Classical Reception.

This course is ideal if you are considering progressing to advanced research and studying for a PhD.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS score of 6.5 with 7 in writing for non-native English speaking applicants. Please visit

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,000 (2017 entry)
International students
£14,500 (2017 entry)

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Professor Richard Alston