M.A. Classics and Ancient History

Newcastle University | Newcastle upon Tyne , United Kingdom
This programme is designed primarily for students who have studied Latin, Greek or classical studies in their first degree. It aims to improve your knowledge of classical language, literature and culture.



On completion of this programme you will gain:

• advanced knowledge and understanding of chosen themes in classics and ancient history
• knowledge of methodologies for interpreting evidence
• knowledge of theoretical and analytical approaches
• ability to evaluate, analyse and interpret different types of evidence
• increased knowledge of Latin, Greek or both languages
• ability to marshal evidence, critically analyse texts and write a balanced argument
• detailed knowledge and understanding of the subject though undertaking a dissertation

Classics and Ancient History at Newcastle has a long and distinguished reputation for its research and teaching. Latin and Greek have been taught here since 1874 and Ancient History and Classical Archaeology since 1910 and 1931 respectively. You will benefit from teaching and training in research techniques from specialists in the field.

The MA will equip you with advanced skills in literacy, research and project management. This will enable you to pursue the subject at PhD level or to enter a range of professions.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Compulsory modules
CAC8000 Research Skills and Dissertation Training
CAC8090 Dissertation
Optional modules
You will take 40 credits from the following:
CAC8009 Approaches to Classics Research 1 AND
CAC8010 Approaches to Classics Research 2
CAH8019 Approaches to Ancient History Research 1 AND
CAH8020 Approaches to Ancient History Research 2
You take optional modules to the value of 20 credits from a list of modules offered within the School of Historical Studies, subject to the approval of the Degree Programme Director. Options may include:
CAH8016 Graduate Seminar in Greek Archaeology
ARA8172 Graduate Seminar in Byzantine Archaeology
ARA8218 Graduate Seminar in Armies and Frontiers of the Roman World
You take one of the following modules or combination of modules, depending on your choice of Greek or Latin and your level in that language on entry.
CAC8097 Beginners’ Greek for MA Candidates
CAC8098 Beginners’ Latin for MA Candidates
CAG1011 Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 1 AND
CAG1012 Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 2
CLA1011 Intermediate Latin Language and Literature 1 AND
CLA1012 Intermediate Latin Language and Literature 2
CAG2001 Level 2 Greek: Interpretation of Texts AND
CAG3002 Level 2/3 Greek: Special Study Stage 3
CLA2001 Level 2 Latin: Interpretation of Texts AND
CLA3002 Level 2/3 Latin: Special Study Stage 3
CAG3001 Level 3 Greek: Interpretation of Texts AND
CAG3002 Level 2/3 Greek: Special Study Stage 3
CLA3001 Level 3 Latin: Interpretation of Texts AND
CLA3002 Level 2/3 Latin: Special Study Stage 3

English Language Requirements


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An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in classics, classical studies, or a related field. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing) or equivalent.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Newcastle University, United Kingdom

United Kingdom From its origins as a School of Medicine and Surgery in 1834, Newcastle University today offers a first-class student experience in the heart of Britain’s number one student city. Newcastle is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Ranked among the best in the world by the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Newcastle University is in its global top 150, while The Sunday Times University Guide 2012 placed us in 12th position in the UK.

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