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Outline of Taught MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture

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

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Taught Elements:

  • Core Module 'Approaching Ancient Visual and Material Culture': 2-hour seminar every week in term 1, 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:
    Classical Epigraphy
    Art of the Ancient World
    Ancient Numismatics
    An approved external option - There are a number of options available within the History of Art department which are particularly suitable for students on this Masters course

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


  • Dissertation of 15-20,000 words. The topic for this will be finalised during term 2 in conjunction with your supervisor. The dissertation will be submitted in September.

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

Admissions enquiries

Dr Caroline Petit

Director of Graduate Studies