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):
Two core modules are common to each pathway:
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 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
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.
The University of Birmingham is offering awards of ?2,000 to outstanding alumni wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2015. There are 50 awards available and applications for the bursary must be submitted by 17:00 on 31 March 2015. Full details and how to apply can be found on the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship page.
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.
Learn more about entry 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:
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