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Outline of Taught MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture

Explore the visual and material culture of the ancient world, the ways in which it might be studied, and the questions that can be asked of it.

Course overview

There are four taught elements, each worth 30 CATS points, in addition to a 15-20,000-word dissertation (worth 60 CATS).

Taught Elements

  • Core Module 'Approaching Ancient Visual and Material Culture': two hour seminar every week in term one, assessed by a 5,000 word essay on a topic of your choice.
  • Core Module in a Language: Ancient Greek or Latin; Italian, German, or French, at appropriate level, taught alongside undergraduates either within the Classics Dept, or in the Italian Dept or the Language centre, over the course of the whole academic year. Assessed by a final examination and a dossier of coursework.
  • TWO optional modules chosen from the following:

The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.


  • Dissertation of 15-20,000 words. The topic for this will be finalised during term two in conjunction with your supervisor. The dissertation will be submitted in September.

Key facts

Qualification: Master of Arts (MA)

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Next intake: September 2020

  • Course Code:
    Full-time: P-V301
    Part-time: P-V301P

Contact: Caroline Petit, Director of Graduate Studies

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