Research course


Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Classics

Entry requirements

First degree: A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree or overseas equivalent. Alternative entry requirements: Relevant experience in any profession involving communication such as law, politics or the media

Months of entry


Course content

This one-year, research-based postgraduate course in oratory and rhetoric, from our Department of Classics, combines both ancient and modern fields of research. It is designed equally for students with a background in classics, in other humanities disciplines, and in other subjects including law and social science. The programme offers preparation not only for advanced research at PhD level but also for a wide range of other careers in which oral and written communication are important, such as the media, the legal profession, politics and public relations.

It is taught by members of the Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric in the Royal Holloway Classics department, where there is a strong concentration of expertise in classical rhetoric and oratory. It offers opportunities for collaborative work with other Royal Holloway departments. The programme includes a core course on Problems and Methods in Oratory and Rhetoric, incorporating training in a range of analytical and scholarly research skills. A wide range of optional courses is available (including courses offered by other London institutions) and there are opportunities to pursue independent projects in any aspect of ancient or modern oratory and rhetoric, either as a self-contained package (for the PGCert and PGDip) or as a preparation for embarking on a substantial piece of research work for the MRes dissertation. The MRes can be taken as a self-standing qualification or as a preparation for a PhD, while the programme as a whole offers valuable transferable skills for non-academic careers and for continuous professional development.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Professor J Powell