Our MA Classics and Ancient History is one of the widest-ranging courses in the UK, with expertise spanning Bronze Age to late antiquity, Anatolia to Egypt and the Near East.
You will be taught by world-leading experts, with particular research strength in a wide range of disciplines including ancient history, literature, language, archaeology, art and culture.
Our Department is ranked 6th in the UK for research overall, 3rd in the UK for research output (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014 - Classics), and 100% of our research impact has been recognised as world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework, 2014 - Classics).
You will benefit from facilities including the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, the University Library and a dedicated postgraduate room in the heart of the Classics Department. We are also located only a short distance from Oxford and London where you can visit major collections important for research in Classics and Ancient History.
There are also opportunities to work in the on-site Ure Museum, which houses the fourth-largest collection of Greek ceramics in the UK, outside of the module. You can also enter Greek and/or Latin tuition from beginner's to advanced level.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).
Entry requirements: Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above), or equivalent from a university outside the UK, in a relevant humanities subject.
What will you study?
Approaches to Classics and Ancient History
Ancient Greek or Latin (or a modern language)
Sample special options:
Sample special options (students choose two topics)
Greeks and the Land
Landscape and Civilisation in Latin Poetry
Art in Hellenistic Society
Multilingualism and Empire
Cities and the Ancient Economy
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,100 per year
New international students: £17,100 per year
New UK/EU students: £3,868 year one
New international students: £8,225 year one
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in September 2021. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Our MA Classics and Ancient History course enables you to develop vital transferable skills for a range of career paths. They also provide ideal preparation for a PhD and further academic research.
The programme provides excellent preparation for further academic research, heritage work, teaching, and publishing among other careers.