Research course

Classics and Ancient History

The University of Manchester · Classics and Ancient History

Entry requirements

Students registering for a PhD are normally expected to already have a good Honours defgree (BA 2:1 or higher) and a good Pass (ideally a Distinction) at MA level (or overseas equivalent) in a subject relevant to the proposed field of research.

Months of entry


Course content

Course description
In our PhD programme we aim above all to enable and assist the student to produce in three years a dissertation that constitutes a genuine contribution to scholarly knowledge and understanding of the field, and to acquire in so doing an excellent general knowledge of the wider field in question and high competence in relevant languages, ancient and modern, and associated skills, subject-specific and generic.

Module details
Recent and current PhD topics include: Athens under Macedonian control; Mycenaean and ancient Greek dialects; Language and discourse in early Greek medical texts; The ethos theory in ancient Greek music; Aspects of ancient warfare (several theses); The tribunate in the Roman Republic; Caesar's Gallic Wars as a regional conflict; Roman sumptuary legislation; The service industry in ancient Rome; Rhetoric in Ovid's Metamorphoses; Gender and power in imperial Latin epic; Prudentius; Isidore of Seville; Visigothic identity. Research students in their first year must take our research-training course 'Studying the Ancient World: Techniques and Approaches' and any MA or advanced BA course units recommended by the supervisor. Students coming from outside Manchester may begin research innocent of Latin or Greek, but they are expected to acquire and develop knowledge of relevant languages (modern as well as ancient) throughout the PhD.

Department specialisms

Greek History; Political; Social; Legal; Roman History; Political; Socio-economic; Cultural Intellectual; Greek Literature, esp. Archaic and Hellenistic poetry, Tragedy, Comedy and Pindar; Latin Literature, esp. poetry, historiography, literary theory, epistolography. Please visit the University of Manchester website for full details of current staff and their research interests.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 7.0, including 7.0 on the written component; or TOEFL 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) with 5.5 (or 25 internet-based) on the Test of Written English. Specialist English language training is available.

Fees and funding

In most years departmental and Faculty bursaries are available. Candidates applying for AHRC funding through the University will be considered for these awards. The deadline is usually 1st March. Overseas students can apply for ORS; the deadline is usually early January. Please see the University website, or contact Postgraduate Admissions.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)161 275 3559