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MA Classics and Ancient History - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2023
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Classics and Ancient History
Contact

Programme Director Claire Holleran 
Web: Enquire online 
Phone: 
0300 555 6060 (UK)  
+44 (0)1392 723044 (non-UK)

Typical offer

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2:1 Honours degree

Contextual offers

Overview

  • Gain an understanding of Greek and Roman culture and society through guided study and independent research
  • Develop advanced research skills and specialist methodologies for the use and analysis of a range of forms of textural and material evidence
  • Tailor your programme by choosing a selection of modules to match your interests
  • Become part of a friendly and lively community of students and scholars. Exeter has one of the largest and most successful teams of Classics and Ancient History scholars in the country

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Programme Director: Claire Holleran 

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Discover MA Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter.

We are 4th in the UK for world-leading Classics research

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Top 50 worldwide for Classics and Ancient History

QS World University Subject Rankings 2022

Top 10 in all major UK university league tables for the subject

Proactive Classics Society with successful student tutor scheme

 

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

The MA Classics and Ancient History is fully flexible allowing you to create your own programme based on your particular interests and aims. We provide a wide variety of specialist modules based on our diverse areas of research, together with optional language teaching at all levels. You will undertake training in specific research skills designed to help you succeed across your MA studies and beyond.

We also offer a range of international opportunities that vary from year to year.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

All students graduate with an MA in Classics and Ancient History, but if you elect to specialise, you will have one of the following pathways named in your degree title:


Ancient Literary Cultures

The programme comprises modules of at least 30 credits from these specialist modules and the CLAM043 Dissertation in Classics and Ancient History module must be relevant to the field of Ancient literary cultures:

CodeModulesCredits
CLAM077 Ancient texts and their interpretation 15
CLAM079 Cultures of the body in the Roman empire 15
CLAM080 Exemplarity: literature, memory and ethics 15
CLAM082 Guided Reading in Greek and Latin Authors 15
CLAM104 Cultural transformations in Late Antiquity 15
CLAM107 Roman myth 15
CLAM111 Ancient Drama in its social and cultural context 15

Classical Reception

The programme comprises modules of at least 30 credits from these specialist modules and the CLAM043 Dissertation in Classics and Ancient History module must be relevant to the field of Classical reception:

CodeModulesCredits
CLAM080 Exemplarity: literature, memory and ethics 15
CLAM078 Introduction to Classical reception 15
CLAM084 Politics: ancient and modern 15
CLAM101 The Western Dragon in lore, literature and art 15
CLAM107 Roman myth 15
CLAM109 Visions of Rome: Uses and Abuses of the Eternal City 15

Encounters, Mobilities and Connections

The programme comprises modules of at least 30 credits from these specialist modules and the CLAM043 Dissertation in Classics and Ancient History module must be relevant to the theme of Encounters, mobilities and connections:

CodeModulesCredits
CLAM083 Life and Death in a multi-cultural society: Graeco-Roman Egypt 15
CLAM046 The City of Rome 30
CLAM100 History through art and archaeology 15
CLAM102 Hellenistic culture and society – history 15
CLAM104 Cultural transformations in Late Antiquity 15
CLAM105 Migration and the Migrant through ancient and modern eyes 15
CLAM108 Rome: globalisation, materiality 15

Material and Visual Cultures

The programme comprises modules of at least 30 credits from these specialist modules and the CLAM043 Dissertation in Classics and Ancient History module must be relevant to the field of Material and visual cultures:

CodeModulesCredits
CLAM083 Life and Death in a multi-cultural society: Graeco-Roman Egypt 15
CLAM046 The City of Rome 30
CLAM100 History through art and archaeology 15
CLAM105 Migration and the Migrant through ancient and modern eyes 15
CLAM108 Rome: globalisation, materiality 15

Politics, Economy and Society

 The programme comprises modules of at least 30 credits from these specialist modules and the CLAM043 Dissertation in Classics and Ancient History module must be relevant to the field of Politics, economy and society:
 
CodeModulesCredits
CLAM084 Politics: ancient and modern 15
CLAM074 Gods among men: Leadership in Ancient Greece 15
CLAM102 Hellenistic culture and society – history 15
CLAM104 Cultural transformations in Late Antiquity 15
CLAM105 Migration and the Migrant through ancient and modern eyes 15

Science, Technology, Astronomy, Medicine, and Philosophy

The programme comprises modules of at least 30 credits from these specialist modules and the CLAM043 Dissertation in Classics and Ancient History module must be relevant to the fields of Science, technology, astronomy, medicine and philosophy:

CodeModulesCredits
CLAM076 Ancient astronomy and the cosmological imagination 15
CLAM079 Cultures of the body in the Roman empire 15
CLAM081 Galen and Galenism 15
CLAM085 Technology and the technological in Classical Antiquity 15
CLAM106 Ancient Philosophy: truth and ancient thought 15

 

Course variants

  • May suit you if you prefer to carry out an independent research project under the supervision of an academic
  • Assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words
  • Formal qualification without the long-term commitment of a PhD
  • Successful completion could lead to further doctoral research

Fees

2023/24 entry

UK fees per year:

£11,000 full-time; £5,500 part-time

International fees per year:

£22,500 full-time; £11,250 part-time

Scholarships

We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us in 2023, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* and Green Futures Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

Teaching

Before you begin your MA we will sit down with you to discuss your module choices and help you build your programme of study. Throughout the course we will support you, mainly through a personal tutor who will meet with you regularly to discuss progress, results and feedback.

Your teaching will mainly be through small group discussions and seminars where you will present your work and take part in debates. We use a variety of methods including seminars, student-led groups and one-to-one supervision. You will also have the opportunity to join postgraduate reading groups and benefit from working collaboratively with your fellow students.

Throughout your programme you will have the opportunity to explore your personal interests through directed independent study.

In your final term you will continue shaping, researching, and writing your dissertation which will be an original project on a topic of your choice. We will teach you the skills and train you in the methodologies you need to be a success.

Research

Exeter has one of the largest and most successful teams of Classics and Ancient History scholars in the country. We are all active academic researchers, working at the forefront of our fields, and are confident in the benefits that our discipline can bring to the wider world.

We have a real research culture at Exeter with international conferences that you could help organise. You will be taught by research-active staff who are at the top of their field. We hope you will become part of that culture and add to our research strength.

Our academic staff have a broad range of expertise and ground-breaking research interests. Some of the areas we have a special research interest include:

  • Ancient and modern philosophy, especially metaphysics and ethics
  • Ancient political thought and its reception in later societies
  • Archaeology and material culture, especially of the Roman world
  • Papyrology
  • Classical reception
  • The history of sexuality and gender
  • Digital Humanities
  • Greek and Roman epic, tragedy and comedy
  • Greek and Roman mythology, religion and magic
  • Greek and Roman socio-economic history
  • Greek literature in the Roman empire
  • Hellenistic history and historiography, especially the Hellenistic dynasties, the barbarian interface and the Greek culture of Asia Minor
  • Ancient medicine
  • Late Antiquity and religious change
  • Latin literature
  • Migration, mobility, and connectivity, especially in Italy and the Roman empire
  • Global Classics

Facilities

We have a number of dynamic research centres grouped around shared themes in our work.

The Centre for Hellenistic and Romano-Greek Culture and Society is an internationally recognised hub for the study of the history and culture of the post-classical Greek world. Research interests include ancient Macedonia and the Hellenistic dynasties, religion, cultural exchange and heritage, historiography, and the literature of magic.

The Centre for Connectivity in the Roman World examines the ways in which connectivity contributed to the shaping of distinctive cultures, economies and societies across the breadth of the Roman world (and its immediate neighbours).

The Centre for Knowledge in Culture in Antiquity and Beyond brings together research in specialised areas including ancient medicine, ancient science and the scientific imagination, metaphysics, philosophy, ethics, sexual knowledge, military strategy and political thought, and on ancient technical writings from across the Classical world.

The Exeter Centre for Classical Reception brings together an extraordinary concentration of colleagues in English, History, Modern Languages, as well as Classics and Ancient History with an interest in the different ways in which the Greek and Roman world has been presented, interpreted, and reimagined in both the past and the present. We also have close links with other disciplines within the university, particularly digital humanities, archaeology, and theology.

Find out more about our research on the Classics and Ancient History website.

Read more

My research interests lie in Roman social and economic history, particularly urban economies, the experience of living in the ancient city, and Roman demography. 

I am especially interested in Rome itself, and have published work on the city's retail trade, demography, and street life, as well as editing A Companion to the City of Rome with Amanda Claridge (wiley-Blackwell, 2018). 

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Dr Claire Holleran

Programme Director

Careers

PhD

Many of our students decide to take their studies on to doctoral level and we are very happy to help you prepare with one-to-one mentoring as you develop a research proposal and submit applications for funding. Of course, a PhD isn’t the only option available to you on completing our MA.

Careers

During your time with us you will have a developed an excellent range of skills in logical thinking, interpreting, analysing and evaluating information, and communication. A range of options will be open to you, you might take a career path in a related area such as museum and cultural heritage work or teaching. Alternatively, you might choose to pursue a different profession using your relevant skills, perhaps joining the Civil Service or working in business, law or management.

Some destinations of graduates from Classics and Ancient History programmes are:

  • Actor
  • Classics Teacher
  • Client Executive
  • Executive Search Researcher
  • Human Resources Adviser
  • Lecturer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Personal Incident Manager
  • Producer of West End Shows
  • Project Manager
  • Property Manager
  • Publishing Assistant
  • Quality Controller
  • Researcher