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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Classics and Ancient History

Standard Duration: Full-time 3-4 years, Part-time Up to 7 years

English Language: IELTS 7.0

The Department has a lively community of postgraduate research students contributing to the research in the Department. All research programmes include a programme of induction, work-in-progress seminars and a graduate conference. We are looking for applicants with a strong academic record, usually shown by a high mark in an undergraduate dissertation, e.g. 68% or above (if taken) and/or an overall average of 65% or over in an undergraduate degree. Candidates for MPhil and PhD study are usually expected to have or be undertaking a Masters degree.

Candidates research and write a 80,000 word thesis. The thesis will constitute a substantial original contribution to knowledge which is, in principle, worthy of peer-reviewed publication.

Research Interests

The Department offers expertise in a wide range of research areas, including Epigraphy; Numismatics; Visual and material culture; Art; Ancient Medicine; Ancient Athletics; Greek Social & Cultural History; Late Antiquity; Sexuality and Gender; Ancient physiognomy; Ancient rhetoric; Augustus and the early Principate; 18/19th-century reception studies; Greek religion & Greek sanctuaries; Greek political history; Latin Literature & its Reception; Reception of Greek thought in Arabic culture; Platonism in the Renaissance; Roman Economy; Roman Syria; Sicily and North Africa; The Western Mediterranean.

Research Degrees

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Entry Requirements

At least a good 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Classics, Ancient History or a related area. Applicants to the MPhil or PhD are expected to have successfully completed (or be completing) a Masters programme in a relevant area.

English Language Requirements

Band B - IELTS 7.0


Applicants are encouraged to contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies before making an online application:

Tuition Fees

Research Postgraduate students (RCUK March 2016 estimate)
Full-time - £4,109
Part-time - £2,465

Research Postgraduate students Band 1 (Including Maths and Statistics)
Full-time - £15,460
Part-time - £9,276

Research Postgraduate students Band 2 Overseas:
Full-time - £19,740
Part-time - £11,844

Funding (MA/MPhil/PhD)

See Department website for bursaries available. Details of other funding opportunities are available from the Graduate School website.