This is the degree for you if you enjoyed studying the ancient world as an undergraduate, and would now like to study Classics and Ancient History in greater depth and at a higher level; or if you want to explore this aspect of antiquity and it wasn’t included in your first degree. It allows you to specialise, but also encourages you to branch out into related disciplines and to consider interdisciplinary approaches.
You will choose two core language modules, at least one which should be Greek or Latin, from a range which includes:
- Beginners Greek
- Beginners Latin
- Advanced Greek
- Advanced Latin
- Modern Languages
You will also study a third core module in Research and Scholarship.
You will also choose three optional modules, at least two of which should relate to Classics and Ancient History. Options available may include:
- Cities in the Ancient World
- Greek Drama since 1900
- Herodotus and Ancient Worlds
Full module descriptions are available below.
You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choice, with one-to-one expert supervision.
Why study this course
The University of Birmingham has a distinguished tradition of Classical scholarship going back more than a hundred years. Particular current research strengths include: Greek mythology and religion; Greek and Latin poetry and its reception, both in European literature and film and in modern popular culture; drama, democracy, and citizenship in Ancient Greece; and the social history, and modern reception, of Roman cities and of the City of Rome in particular.
With such a range of expertise available, you will be supported to explore your specific interests, particularly through the dissertation.
You will study two core language modules, at least one of which should be Greek or Latin, from a range which includes:
Beginners’ Greek or Latin
These modules provide an intensive introduction to Greek or Latin. They aim to provide you with the basic linguistic skills needed to acquire a reading knowledge of Greek or Latin for the purposes of research.
Advanced Greek or Latin
These modules consolidate linguistic skills to enable you to work independently on Greek or Latin texts in the original language, building upon existing knowledge. They develop analytical and critical skills by means of advanced grammar and reading classes focusing in detail on a text or texts. Texts chosen will generally reflect the interests of students in the group.
Modern Languages modules are also available.
You will also study a third core module:
Research and Scholarship
This module ensures that students across the range of sub-disciplines in Classics and Ancient History acquire the necessary generic and specific skills needed for further research. These will include advanced bibliographic skills, familiarity with theoretical and critical approaches and schools of thought, technical skills such as techniques of epigraphy or numismatics where appropriate. Delivery will take place in seminar formats, with sub-disciplines offering different break-out sessions as needed.
You will also choose three optional modules, at least two of which should relate to the Classics and Ancient History pathway. Options available may include:
Greek Drama Since 1900
The 20th century saw ancient Greek drama in performance reach a level of popularity (not only in Europe but world-wide) unparalleled since Athens in the fifth century BC. In the 21st century, performances and adaptations of Greek plays continue to proliferate. Directors turn to them both as ‘timeless classics’ and as opportunities for shocking iconoclasm. They are invoked as celebrations of shared heritage (Greek, other national, European, or human/ global) and as ‘transcending’ political difference but also as engaged theatre serving a wide range of political causes, perhaps especially as giving a voice to groups oppressed on grounds of sex, gender, ethnicity or religion and to victims of violence and war. There has also been a growing interest in the cognitive and psychological dimensions of Greek tragedy in particular, which has found a prominent place in the growing fields of theatre-in-education and drama therapy. Re-creation of Greek drama runs the gamut of theatrical practice from conservative to radical, from popular cultural traditions to intellectual experimentalism (often combining elements of both). New editions of ancient plays, new online archives, databases, and search engines, and other developments in digital scholarship have combined with advances in methodology to open the way for research into ancient drama and its reception of a depth and diversity hitherto impossible. This module draws on all these resources and on the constellation of expertise in CAHA and elsewhere in CAL to realise this potential.
Herodotus and Ancient Worlds
This module explores the theory and practice of historiography in the ancient world, with particular emphasis on the role of Greek-speaking peoples and the cultures with which they came into contact. The module will be centred on Herodotus' Histories, enabling students to develop strategies for reading and understanding the rhetorics of history, in conjunction with study of the cultural contexts which produce them. The module investigates the different ways in which texts produce, and are produced by, cultures, and the interfaces between civilisations that generate them. It investigates the connexions between theories of history, reception and hermeneutics, and the development of cultural identity and historical consciousness.
Cities in the Ancient World
Fees and funding
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2015/16 are as follows:
Home / EU: £6,210 full-time; £3,105 part-time
Overseas: £14,140 full-time
For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in year two of your programme.
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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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