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Outline of Taught MA in the Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Greece

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': 2-hour seminar every week in term, assessed by a 5,000 word essay on a topic of your choice.
  • Core Module in a Language: We encourage you to develop your knowledge of (or begin study of ) Ancient Greek or Latin, though you may also take a modern language if this is more relevant to your research needs (German, French or Italian). Assessed by a final examination (50%) and a dossier of coursework (50%), or 100% exam for Advanced Ancient Language.
  • 1 optional module chosen from the following:

Classical Epigraphy (Prof Alison Cooley)
Art of the Ancient World (Prof Zahra Newby)
Ancient Numismatics (Prof Suzanne Frey-Kupper)

(The Department reserves the right to change the detail of optional modules available.)

All these modules are taught in 9 x 2-hour small group seminars involving seminar presentations and discussion. They are assessed by a 5,000-word essay on a topic chosen in consulatation with the lecturer responsible.

  • Postgraduate module, taught by the British School at Athens in late Spring/early Summer. You choose from a number of courses offered by the BSA, including epigraphy, numismatics, Greek and Roman pottery. These involve a detailed programme of site visits, seminars and hands-on anaylsis of original artifacts led by leading academics under the guidance of a dedicated course tutor. Accommodation is provided in the British School which has excellent library facilities. The module is assessed through marks given for class participation and seminar presentation (worth 10% of total module) awarded by the BSA tutor, and a 5,000 word essay (90%), which is marked at Warwick. For further details see below.


Dissertation of 15-20,000 words. The topic for this will be finalised during the Spring term and your time in Athens and may, if appropriate, build on your research while in Athens. Your supervisor will be from the department in Warwick. The dissertation will be submitted in early September.


Ancient Greece Module:

The British School at Athens postgraduate courses run on a different theme (e.g. numismatics, epigraphy, pottery, art) each year. They take place in late Spring/early Summer of the academic year and you must formally apply for a place in the Autumn preceeding it (applications are made via Warwick). Places are allocated according to academic merit (announced in late Autumn/early new year) and cannot be guaranteed. Should you be unsuccessful in gaining a place you would take a second optional module at Warwick and graduate with the Taught MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture.

The course fees are paid by Warwick via fee transfer system. However, you are responsible for paying for your own travel to/from Greece, and meals etc while there. Some bursaries are available.

For full details see the BSA postgraduate course pages.

Admissions enquiries

Dr Caroline Petit

Director of Graduate Studies

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