Your thesis will be on an aspect of Greek or Roman history, culture or society. It will be supervised by a specialist in the area of your work. A research skills training module equips you for your thesis with a range of specialised and generic skills, including textual criticism, document handling, literary theory, information resources, thesis presentation and bibliographical management.
Many students also opt to take training in classical languages but you may choose to take modules from the MA Antiquity syllabus, which allows for interdisciplinary study of the ancient world and includes modules on historiography and ancient socieities. We also offer the opportunity to take modules from other related postgraduate programmes, such as Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek Studies.
Typically, applicants will have a degree in some area of ancient historical, archaeological, historical or classical studies, and we recommend that you discuss your proposed research with a potential supervisor before applying - see the full range of academic research interests of individual staff.
This programme offers a unique opportunity to deepen and develop your knowledge of ancient history by combining a substantial (20,000 words) dissertation with research training and taught elements. It can lead to doctoral research, but also provides the chance to undertake scholarly research as enrichment of undergraduate study or for career development purposes.
This module will help you to develop the skills necessary for graduate level research, introduce you to the latest methods and techniques for interpreting primary sources, and demonstrate how to make critical use of scholarly works. You will learn how to define and approach interesting research questions, and develop an overview of the fields of scholarship most relevant to your pathway.
Those modules available from the MA Antiquity syllabus include:
Approaches to Images, Material Culture and Texts
This module invites you to experiment with interdisciplinary approaches. Linked to a series of research seminars by academic staff, the module is a forum in which staff and students work together to identify significant current directions in research, and to explore links, and differences, between academic disciplines.
You may also have access to the following modules:
- 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
- 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
Some of the optional modules may form the core of some pathways – but will be available as optional modules to other pathways.
Fees and funding
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2015/16 are currently as follows:
Home / EU £4,052 full-time; £2,026 part-time
Overseas: £13,195 full-time; £6,597.50 part-time
For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in subsequent years of your programme.
Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments.
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students.
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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme
For 2015 entry the University has 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups. These scholarships have been jointly funded by the British Government; the allocation of the awards, which is the fourth highest in the UK, further cements Birmingham?s place amongst the very best higher education institutions for postgraduate study. The application deadline is 31 July 2015.
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We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
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