Research course

Classics and Ancient History

University of Exeter · Classics
MA by research

Entry requirements

The MA by Research is suited to dedicated students who are comfortable with independent research with a focused topic already in mind. Applicants should have a proven track-record of producing excellent research at undergraduate level, either in the form of an overall first class degree in Classics and Ancient History, or an upper-second class degree with a first-class dissertation (or equivalent). They should also obtain prior approval on a research proposal from their prospective supervisor in the department of Classics and Ancient History before submitting an application. Students should also have an undergraduate degree in Classics and Ancient History, or a cognate discipline e.g. Archaeology.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The Master by Research in Classics and Ancient History like other research degrees contains no taught element and offers you the opportunity to pursue a research project, without entering into the commitment of a PhD. As such, it’s ideal for those in employment who are interested in pursuing a specific shorter-term research project. The degree programme is intended both as an award in its own right or as a progression route to a PhD. As such, it is best suited to candidates who have already identified and defined an appropriate topic in the fields of Classics and Ancient History to research in depth for the entirety of their degree. Prospective applicants are strongly advised to contact potential supervisors to discuss the suitability of their topic and the availability of expertise in the department prior to application.

The Department prides itself on its vigorous research culture spanning the breadth of the Classical world and its neighbours, with methodological strengths in the various fields of literature, language, history, archaeology and philosophy. Our academic staff have a broad range of expertise and ground-breaking research interests, much of which (but not all) falling within the remit of our three research centres.

We have a real research culture at Exeter, with international conferences and regular publications. We hope that you will become part of that culture and add to our research strength. Prospective MA by Research candidates are encouraged to explore the interests of our staff in more detail via their individual pages, and should make informal contact with a potential supervisor before submitting a formal application.

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements
IELTS (Academic)
Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.

Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)
65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more about available funding on the course page.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

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

Course contact details

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