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

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: Usually Italian, to prepare yourself for your time in Rome, but if you already have Italian, you may take Ancient Greek or Latin if this is more relevant to your research needs. Assessed by a final examination and a dossier of coursework.
  • 1 optional module chosen from the following:
    Classical Epigraphy (Prof Alison Cooley)
    Art of the Ancient World (Dr Zahra Newby)
    Ancient Numismatics (Prof Suzanne Frey-Kupper/ Prof Kevin Butcher)

(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.

  • City of Rome module, taught by the British School at Rome during April and May. The course involves a detailed programme of site visits and seminars by leading academics under the guidance of a dedicated course tutor. Accommodation is provided in the British School which has excellent library facilities. It is assessed through marks given for class participation and seminar presentation (worth 10% of total module) and a 6,000 word essay (90%), which is marked at the BSR and then moderated within the department.


  • Dissertation of 15-20,000 words. The topic for this will be finalised during your time in Rome and is expected to build on your research there. You will begin research in Rome and be assigned a supervisor on your return to Warwick for the final months of work on the dissertation. The dissertation will be submitted in early September.

City of Rome module

The City of Rome postgraduate course is run by the British School at Rome. It takes place in April and May of the academic year and you must formally apply for a place in the November preceeding it (applications are made via Warwick). Places are allocated according to academic merit (announced in December) and cannot by 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 Rome and for accommodation expenses. Accommodation is provided by the British School at Rome. In 2017 this was Euro 2,100 for a shared room for the 8 week course, including most meals. Some bursaries are available.

For full details see the BSR website.

Admissions enquiries

Dr Caroline Petit

Director of Graduate Studies

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