M.A. Classics and Ancient History

Newcastle University

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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.


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


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), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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