MPhil - You should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject. PhD - You should hold a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, and you should hold or expect to achieve a postgraduate Master’s degree in a related subject. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.
Months of entry
January, October, July, April
The PhD is a research degree pursued over three years full-time or six years part-time. The MPhil is a research degree pursued over two years full-time or four years part-time. Students undertake original research on a particular topic related to the languages, literature, philosophy, and culture of the Classical world, from Homer to the later Roman Empire, and the reception of the ancient world in modern culture.
At Swansea, there is extensive competence in supervising a wide variety of topics relating to Greek and Roman literature. Particular research strengths include Ancient Narrative Literature and the reception of earlier literature in Hellenistic and Imperial Fiction (under the umbrella of KYKNOS, the Swansea and TSD Lampeter Centre for Research on the Narrative Literatures of the Ancient World), Greek Tragedy, Ancient Philosophy, and Greek and Roman Political Thought.
Students are encouraged to develop a methodological awareness and are introduced to key concepts and interpretative techniques that shape the study of the civilisations of Greece and Rome. This programme develops research skills needed for high-level work in any field of Classics or Classical Civilisation.
Information for international students
Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Professor Mark Humphries
- +44 (0)1792 602786