Students applying for an MA by Research have normally obtained a good (usually Upper Second) undergraduate degree, while students applying for a PhD have either a very good undergraduate degree (First Class) or a postgraduate degree. Work-related experience is also taken into account for registration.
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February
We offer promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in a range of areas across the disciplines of Classics and Ancient History (including Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Egyptology). Subject to programme requirements, you can also learn or improve your knowledge of Classical and Byzantine Greek, Latin, Greek, Ancient Egyptian, and the languages of the Ancient Near East.
The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision. You can study for an MA by Research on campus.
The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff. You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.
These degrees have no taught components, but relevant taught modules may be attended by arrangement to develop appropriate research skills, including the study of ancient languages, which, subject to programme requirements, you can access training in:
- Classical Greek and Latin
- Byzantine Greek
- Ancient Egyptian
- Languages of the Ancient Near East
We also encourage you to attend conferences on subjects related to your research interests and to participate in our lively interdisciplinary seminar series (some of which are run by our postgraduates). We enable advanced research students to broaden their skills through appropriate training in teaching skills and, where possible, through offering the chance to gain experience in teaching. In addition, our annual postgraduate colloquia provide training in oral presentation skills and the professional dissemination of research within an interdisciplinary environment.
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays
If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk
Greek Drama, Philosophy, Novels, Music; Greek/Roman Rhetoric, Religion/Mythology, Epic; Roman Historiography, late Republican/Augustan literature/culture; Classical tradition/reception.
Information for international students
The University of Birmingham has a long tradition of hospitality to overseas students. Students study in a diverse and multicultural community. Students become part of a diverse postgraduate community through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- Postgraduate enquiry service
- 0121 414 5005