Research course

Classical and Archaeological Studies

University of Kent · School of European Culture and Languages
PhDMA by research

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree in Classics, Latin, Greek, Ancient History, Archaeology (or equivalent). Please also see for English Language requirements.

Ancient History; Classical Literature; and Archaeology.

Months of entry


Course content

Classical & Archaeological Studies examines the textual and material evidence for a wide cross-section of the ancient world and includes three convergent research and teaching pathways: ancient history, classical literature, and archaeology. Many core areas in the investigation of the ancient world can be studied with us at postgraduate level.

Classical & Archaeological Studies operates as a department of the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL), and there are corresponding opportunities for a high level of interdisciplinary interaction (five modern languages, philosophy, theology and religious studies and comparative literature), in addition to the informal links with staff in the rest of the University researching medieval history, the history of science, and social anthropology. We have good partnerships with high-profile universities and organisations such as the Universities of Ghent and Lille 3, the Flemish Heritage Institute, UCLA, the Free University of Amsterdam and the VUB (Brussels).

We offer bursaries to enable students to participate in departmental fieldwork projects for three weeks at a time, covering travel, food and accommodation. Typically, around 30 students each year have been placed on research and training excavations in Britain, Italy (including Ostia, port of Rome) and Greece, relating to sites of Bronze Age Greek (Minoan), Iron Age, Roman, and Late Antique and Anglo-Saxon date.

Each research student is assigned two internal supervisors who arrange the programme of study and research to suit individual interests. Staff have received research finance from sources including the British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Leverhulme Trust, English Heritage, European Union funds and University sources. In the last couple of years, we have been awarded INSTAP funding totalling $30,000 and grants from the Mediterranean Archaeology Trust, UCLA and the Cotsen Corporation (€300,000).

Research areas
Classical Studies, Late Antiquity and Byzantium
Ancient History
Centre for Language and Linguistic Studies (CLLS)

Information for international students

Please also see for English Language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please refer to the University's Postgraduate Scholarships & Loans web pages at:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
60-72 months

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44 (0)1227 827272
+44 (0)1227 827077