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Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Rome - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

The MA provides a thorough preparation in research techniques for those considering further research in the fields of art, numismatics or epigraphy, or working on an historical topic that involves the consideration of material evidence. It will also provide a detailed understanding of ancient visual and material culture to prepare those intending to entering a career in museums and curatorial work or in education.

The Rome route is based mostly at Warwick but includes one module taught by the British School at Rome and focuses especially on the history and material culture of Ancient Rome. Admission to the module in Rome is subject to the discretion of the British School at Rome and cannot be guaranteed by Warwick. If unsuccessful, you would revert to the Warwick-only route. You would be expected to fund your travel to Italy and for accommodation costs in Rome. You will go to Rome for April and May before returning to Warwick to complete their dissertations. This course is ran by the Classics and Ancient History Department.

Core Modules: 

  • Approaching Ancient Visual and Material Culture
  • Dissertation
  • British School at Rome

Optional Modules:
A language module, usually Masters Language training, with Italian to satisfy the requirements for admission to the British School at Rome (BSR), unless proficiency in Italian can already be proven, in which case students may choose to study an ancient language instead.

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

The taught modules are taught through 10 two hour seminars held weekly or fortnightly in terms one and/or two and assessed by a 5,000 word essay on a topic of your choice, decided upon by negotiation with a member of academic staff. Most seminars will comprise student-led presentations and discussion; others will take place in museums.

The BSR course is taught via site and museum visits and lectures, with students carrying out independent research in the BSR library.The teaching methods used for language modules vary depending on the level, but run across all three terms. The dissertation will be a piece of work 15,000 – 20,000 words and built on the research carried out whilst on the programme.

Programmes within the department are assessed through a variety of methods depending on the module choices each student makes.

Graduate Destinations:

Our graduates have gone on to work in the Museums/Heritage sector, teaching, in Auction Houses and Portable Antiquities Scheme as well as PhD research.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Classics/Ancient History or a related subject

English Language requirements

Band B

Department of study

Classics and Ancient History

Location of study

University of Warwick and the British School at Rome

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £19,300 per year

Home/EU: £4,290 per year
Overseas: £9,650 per year

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.