MRes in Classics and Ancient History

Light shining through pilarsThe MRes in Classics and Ancient History is a multidisciplinary degree which has as its focus the literature, culture and history of the ancient Mediterranean world. This degree aims to provide a transition between undergraduate taught courses and doctoral research in various fields of Classics, including both literature and ancient history. It offers an introduction to methods and tools of advanced scholarship in Classics, and extends your skills and knowledge in such a way as to enable you to develop an independent approach to your chosen specialisation. The provision includes linguistic, literary, historical, artistic and archaeological options.


Students study five modules, comprising 180 credits in total. These may be completed over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

Research Methods (10 credits)

This module is taught in an intensive series of seminars in the first term, and aims at enabling students to develop the practical skills necessary for research in Classics: topics include IT resources; library skills; construction and presentation of bibliography. All students attend a series of weekly research seminars given by visiting speakers.

Approaches to Classics and Ancient History (30 credits)

This module introduces students of varied backgrounds to the techniques and theoretical approaches relevant to the different branches of Classics and Ancient History. Weekly seminars, for which students prepare through guided reading, introduce a broad range of approaches to the history, literature and culture of the ancient world, and to key issues in contemporary academic debate. Topics covered are chosen in line with student interests, and usually include the following: history of classical scholarship; transmission of texts; material culture; ancient art; epigraphy: reading and using inscriptions; papyri, literary and documentary; literary theory; historiography.

Language Modules (20 credits)

All students take a module of Latin or Ancient Greek at a level appropriate to them from beginners' to advanced. With agreement of the Programme Director a modern scholarly language (French, German, Italian, Modern Greek, Spanish) may be taken in place of the ancient language.

Special Options (30 credits)

Students chose two option topics from a list of offerings that reflect the current research interests of Departmental staff. Each topic is taught through a series of small-group seminars and assessed by an independent research essay.


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Dissertation (90 credits)

The dissertation allows students to conduct a substantial (20,000 words) in-depth research project under individual supervision on a subject of their choice. Guidance on the development of the project is provided via the Research Methods module and then by an expert supervisor, allocated to work with the student from January to September.


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The programme draws on the research expertise of academic staff within the Department of Classics.

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