Research course

Classics and Ancient History

University of Exeter · Classics

Entry requirements

Normally a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in Classics and Ancient History, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject. Please see website for full details.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The Department prides itself on its vigorous research culture. There are current major research projects on pagan monotheism in the Roman Empire and on Galen and the world of knowledge in the 2nd century AD. Individual staff research projects range from the study of the ancient Black Sea, to moral concepts in Latin literature, from Greek inscriptions to ancient ideas of character, including food, sex, politics and religion. There are strong clusters of postgraduate students studying aspects of ancient drama and the eastern regions of the Hellenistic world.

Department specialisms

Ancient and modern philosophy, especially ethics; Classical art and archaeology; Classics in the history of sexuality; Comparative philology and linguistics; Food in the ancient world; Greek and Roman epic, tragedy and comedy; Greek and Roman mythology, religion and magic; Greek and Roman social history, especially sexuality; Hellenistic history, especially the barbarian interface and the Greek culture of Asia ; Minor and dynastic studies; History of medicine in antiquity, especially Galen; Later Greek literature, including Lucian, Athenaeus, ecphrasis; Latin literature; Palaeography

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
72-84 months
distance learning
36-84 months
full time
36-48 months


part time
48-60 months
full time
24-36 months
distance learning
48-60 months

Course contact details

College of Humanities Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1392 725306