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Admissions and Courses


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.

We offer expertise in a wide range of research areas, including Greek and Latin literature, 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, the Renaissance reception of Latin and receptions of Classical world in the 18th century.

The department has a lively community of postgraduate students studying for research degrees (MA, MPhil, PhD) or taking Taught Masters courses. Rebecca Taylor, currently a PhD student in the Department, has described her experiences of postgraduate life at Warwick.

How to Apply

The University system for postgraduate applications is available online.

Those applying for a research degree (MA by Research, MPhil, PhD) are asked to provide an outline of the chosen research topic. This should be about 500 words and should outline the following:

  • What area of research you intend to undertake and why (with reference to the most important relevant bibliography)
  • How you propose to conduct the research
  • What background in the subject you already have and any skills you will need to develop further (eg language training)

In order to see whether your proposal falls within our areas of expertise, please see our research and staff pages. Applicants are strongly advised to contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Zahra Newby (z dot l dot newby at warwick dot ac dot uk), in the first instance. Please also send directly to the Director of Graduate Studies any copies of applications made using the Admissions on-line system; or a CV, outline of research interests, and, if possible, copies of relevant academic transcripts. This will enable us to evaluate your application promptly, and to direct research students to the most appropriate potential supervisor.


Postgraduate Degrees by Research

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)

Taught Postgraduate Degrees

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