Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: firstname.lastname@example.org
Months of entry
This Masters programme enables you to acquire and develop skills as an independent researcher in the field of classics. We offer a broad range of options which can either be used to construct a self-contained programme of study or act as the springboard for doctoral research.
- You will have the opportunity to begin or continue the study of Latin or Greek, enabling those who have not had a ‘traditional’ classical education to acquire linguistic skills necessary for progression to higher research in classics.
- The programme draws on the University’s rich holdings of ancient material culture (particularly coins) and manuscripts where appropriate.
- If you have studied classics at undergraduate level and want to take your studies to a higher level; or if you have a background in other periods of history, philosophy, art or literature and want to develop your studies with reference to the ancient world; this programme is designed for you.
- Research training
Options are available via both linguistic and non-linguistic pathways.
- Ancient drama
- Inventing the ‘clash of civilisations’: East against West from Homer to Hadrian
- Explorations in the classical tradition
- International relations and foreign policy in the ancient world: city-state and empire
- Democracy and governance: ancient political theory.
You can also take courses in elementary and advanced Greek and Latin language courses.
You may also choose to take a classical archaeology pathway, in collaboration with the Archaeology subject area. You can also select approved courses from our Honours programmes (with modified assessment).
Research training (20 credits)
This offers a range of options taught by members of the Classics department. Some provide training in skills relevant to the disciplines such as epigraphy, papyrology or metre. Others develop skills as members of a disciplinary community: the ability to participate in seminar discussion, to respond orally and in written form to the written work of their peers and of established scholars and to present their own work to academic audiences. It runs throughout semesters one and two.
Dissertation (60 credits)
The dissertation is 12,000-15,000 words in length, and must be submitted by 30/9 of the year following the start of the course (full-time students) or two years later (part-time students). The dissertation allows students to pursue a particular topic in a depth not possible in the taught options and, whilst it is a self-contained project, may provide the starting-point for subsequent doctoral study. The exact topic will typically emerge as the outcome of a process of negotiation between the individual student and the convenor.
The options available will vary from year to year depending upon operational factors such as patterns of study leave and the evolving research interests of academic staff. Most modules are available via both linguistic and non-linguistic pathways.
Courses currently available include:
- Greek history
- Hellenistic Poetry
- Cicero de Officiis
Students may also take any other course on offer in Classics, such as those associated with the specialist MLitt programmes.
These offer elementary and advanced Greek and Latin language training for postgraduates. Students intending to progress to M.Phil. or PhD, who do not already hold a Level 1 qualification in Latin or Greek, should normally choose 40 credits of language modules. No more than 40 credits of language options may normally be taken as part of a student’s M.Litt. (T) curriculum.
By arrangement, students may also study
- further topic in Greek or Latin (texts read in the original) and/or Classical Civilisation (texts read in translation) (worth 20 credits),
- and topics up to 40 credits from any other suitable Arts MLitt(T) programme.
Instruction in non-compulsory elements will be by seminar where enrolment is five or more, or by supervision and directed reading where it falls short of five. These options have a variety of modes of assessment. The general pattern, however, is that 20-credit courses have an assessment of one assignment of 3,000-word length as coursework (essay, project or other; 50% of total assessment) and one three-hour examination.
A student’s curriculum with be finalised at a meeting with the MLitt(T) convener at the start of the academic year.
Background and Aims
This programme enables students to acquire and develop skills as independent researchers in the field of Classics. It is primarily intended for students who have studied classics at undergraduate level and wish to take their studies to a higher level, but it is also suitable for students with a background in other periods of history, philosophy, art or literature who wish to develop their studies with reference to the ancient world.
In common with our other MLitt programmes, a distinctive feature is the opportunity to begin or continue the study of Latin or Greek, enabling students who have not had a ‘traditional’ classical education to acquire linguistic skills necessary for progression to higher research in the subject area.
Information for international students
General English language requirements IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no less than 21 in Listening & writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C minimum
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
|Assessment||What kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)|
|Written/ formal examinations||35|
|Written coursework / continuous assessment||20|
|Dissertation||35 (20000 words)|
|Research Training Course||10|
Course contact details
- Prof Catherine Steel