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Postgraduate study

We welcome applications from applicants with a proven academic record – usually at least a good 2-1 in an undergraduate degree in classics, ancient history or a related area. MPhil and PhD candidates are usually expected to have completed with merit (or be undertaking) a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

We offer expertise across a wide range of research interests, including Greek and Latin literature (Ancient Literature and Thought), Greek and Roman history, material culture (art, epigraphy and numismatics), the cultures of the Second Sophistic and Late Antiquity, Greco-Arabic studies, the history of medicine, and the reception of Classical cultures in the Renaissance. Please see our research specialisms.

We have a lively community of postgraduate students studying for research degrees (MA, MPhil and PhD) or taking taught Master's courses.


Taught MA courses

  • MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture
  • MA in the Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Rome
  • MA in the Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Greece
  • MA in Ancient Literature and Thought.

Research degrees

  • MA by Research – 40,000-word dissertation or 25,000-word dissertation plus 2 x 5,000-word essays + language dossier/ training in Latin or Greek; 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time.
  • MPhil – 60,000-word dissertation, 2 years full-time; 4 years part-time.
  • PhD – 80,000-word thesis; 3 years full-time, 5 years part-time.

Postgraduate admissions advice

caroline petite

Dr Caroline Petit

Director of Graduate Studies (term 1 and term 3 in 2019/20)

C dot C dot L dot Petit at warwick dot ac dot uk

Prof. Alison Cooley in term 2 (2019/20)