The course is primarily designed for students who have studied ancient history, classics or classical studies as their first degree.

You can choose to study from one of two pathways: classics or ancient history.

If you are interested in classics, you will engage in advanced study of the literatures, languages and cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome.

If you want to specialise in ancient history, you will focus on the histories, societies and cultures of Archaic and Classical Greece, Rome and the wider Mediterranean world.

The highly flexible course offers you the opportunity to study a wide range of topics reflecting the research specialisms of our staff across ancient history, classics and archaeology, including Byzantine studies, whilst developing your own research interests and professional skills.

Through this course you will gain an advanced knowledge and understanding of:

  • either classics or ancient history
  • methodologies for interpreting evidence
  • theoretical and analytical approaches
  • how to evaluate, analyse and interpret different types of evidence
  • Latin, Greek or both languages
  • marshalling evidence, critically analysing texts, images and material objects and writing a balanced argument
  • your chosen research subject through undertaking a dissertation

Based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, 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 course will equip you with advanced skills in literacy, research and project management, enabling you to pursue the subject at PhD level or to enter a range of professions.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee Not specified
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 MA Classics and Ancient History Dissertation

Optional modules

You take optional modules to the value of 20 credits from a list of modules in Semester 1 and another in Semester 2, offered within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, subject to the approval of the Degree Programme Director. Options may include:

•CAH8035 World of Herodotus

•CAC8009 'Cannibals and crocodules': Culture and society in Roman Eqypt

•CAH8016 Graduate Seminar in Greek Archaeology

•ARA8172 Graduate Seminar in Byzantine Archaeology

•ARA8128 Armies and Frontiers of the Roman World

•ARA8116 The Archaeology of Byzantium and its Neigbours

•ARA8030 Frontier Communities of Roman Britain

•ARA8222 Regionality and the Fall of Rome

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

You shall also take the following compulsory modules:

Ancient History pathway:

•CAH8020 Masterclass in Ancient History

Classics pathway:

•CAC8010 Masterclass in Classics II

Modules might change for your year of entry.age 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.

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  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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