MA Antiquity

Our MA in Antiquity offers a choice of eight pathways: Ancient History, Byzantine Studies, Classics, Classical Archaeology, Egyptology, European Archaeology, Late Antiquity and Roman History and Archaeology. 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.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Start date: September

Details

This is the degree for you if you enjoyed studying the ancient world as an undergraduate, and encountered subjects which you would now like to study in greater depth and at a higher level; or if you want to explore aspects of antiquity not 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.

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.  

Pathways available (select to read more):

Modules

Two core modules are common to each pathway:

Research Skills

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.

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 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

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 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.

Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students

Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments. Learn more about postgraduate tuition fees and funding

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.

University of Birmingham graduates may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.

Entry requirements

Learn more about entry requirements

International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

Before you make your application

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Making your application

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When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

The pathways share a common core research skills module, training you to a professional level in bibliographic research, project development, information management and retrieval, oral presentation, active listening, and a range of subject-specific skills tailored to each pathway.

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

Support with academic writing

As a postgraduate student in the College of Arts and Law, you have access to the Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) which aims to help your transition from undergraduate to taught Masters level, or back into academia after time away. The service offers guidance on writing assignments and dissertations for your MA/MSc programme with individual support from an academic writing advisor via tutorials, email and the provision of online materials.

International students can access support through the English for International Students Unit (EISU).

Employability

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Birmingham's Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology graduates develop a broad range of transferable skills including: familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large quantities of information from diverse sources; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines; critical and analytical ability; the capacity for argument, debate and speculation; and the ability to base conclusions on statistical research.

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.