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Programme structure

MA in Antiquity offers a choice of eight pathways: The pathway chosen will define the title of the MA awarded. The pathways cover the full range of subjects associated with study of the ancient world and offer intensive preparation for further research and a unique opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary research.

Each pathway includes two core research modules (Research Skills and Approaches to Images, Material Culture and Texts), a pathway-specific core module and three optional modules from across all the pathways, offering the opportunity for interdisciplinary study. You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choice, with expert one-to-one supervision.

Eight pathways:

You will also take one core module related to your chosen pathway:

Ancient History: Individuals in History,
Byzantine Studies: The Methodologies of Byzantine Studies,
Classics: Herodotus and Ancient Worlds,
Classical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Greece,
Egyptology: Egyptian Culture in Context, 1100-200 BC,
European Archaeology: Creating Europe: complex societies 1000 BC – AD 1000,
Late Antiquity: The Late Antique City,
Roman History and Archaeology: Empire and Identity: The city in the Roman West.

You will also choose three optional modules from across all of the pathways, which will include some of the following:

Age and Gender in the Roman World
Ancient Greek or Latin Language (beginners, intermediate or advanced)
Archaeology of Greece
Aspects of Byzantine History <
Byzantine Archaeology
Byzantine Art and Architecture
Coins and the Economy in the Byzantine World
Creating Europe: Complex Societies 1000 BC – AD 1000
Egyptian Culture in Context 1100–200 BC
Egyptian Language
Empire and Identity: The City in the Roman West
Herodotus and Ancient Worlds
Individuals in History
Late Roman and Byzantine Archaeology and Material Culture
Myth and Text in Antiquity
Women, Men and Eunuchs: Gender in Byzantium
Research Project Development

Career opportunities

In 2013, over 92% of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Many of our postgraduates enter roles for which their programme has especially prepared them, such as museum and heritage activities and archaeological posts. Elsewhere, a range of professions are undertaken by our graduates, from librarianship and teaching to accountancy. Employers that our graduates have gone on to work for include: AOC Archaeology Group; Blakesley Hall Museum; City and Borough Councils; English Heritage; KPMG; National Trust; and Sotheby?s

Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you
Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you