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Ancient Literature and Thought - MA

This new MA will foster your ability to read a wide range of Greek and/or Latin texts in the original language and to develop nuanced understanding of the methodologies and critical approaches to the study of these texts within their historical, cultural and political contexts. It provides an intensive introduction to literary theory tailored specifically to classicists, making it a unique pathway in the UK for classicists contemplating going on to a doctorate, and harnesses Warwick’s strong interdisciplinary links between its departments of Classics and Ancient History, English and Comparative Literary Studies, and Philosophy.

You’ll undertake rigorous training in the close reading of texts and of Greco-Roman culture, while having flexibility to pursue your related interests – both within the field of Classics and beyond – through optional modules. You’ll also build subject specific, transferable skills in independent research, analysis, and communication.

Related Degrees:

Core Modules:

Optional Modules:

These are just some of the optional modules on offer:

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


  • Taught modules are taught through 10 two-hour seminars held weekly or fortnightly in terms one and/or two.
  • Seminars will comprise student-led presentations and discussion; others will take place in museums.
  • Teaching methods used for language modules vary depending on the level, but run across all three terms.

Contact Hours:


Class Sizes:

2-10 (taught modules)

15-20 (language classes)


Assessed by a 5,000 word essay on a topic of your choice, decided upon by negotiation with a member of academic staff. The dissertation will be a 15,000 – 20,000 word essay, built on the research carried out during the programme.

This is a new MA, but graduates on our other Classics MA courses have gone on to work for organisations including: Transport for London, House of Commons, Nationwide Building Society, Oxford University, A.H.Baldwin and Sons Ltd., Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, PKL Littlejohn (Chartered accountants).

Their roles have included: PhD student, Archivist, Visitor Assistant, Museum Curator, Assistant Product Manager.

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Essential information

Course Code



Full-time: 1 year

(September 2019 - September 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

(September 2019 - September 2021)

Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to have achieved or be expecting to achieve a high Upper Second
Class degree in Classics or a similar course of academic study with substantial course components in the area of Classics to be considered for entry. Applicants must have degree level competence in at least one ancient language (Ancient Greek or Latin). Standard offers for successful applicants will typically be conditional on achieving a 2:i degree.

English Language Requirements

Band B

IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

Department of Study

Classics and Ancient History

Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

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The Department runs an annual funding competition which makes fees awards across PGT and PGR courses. For the most up-to-date information visit click here.

Additional Course Costs

Some costs for visiting libraries in London/ Oxford (around £100).

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


How to Apply

Department website

Get a PG Prospectus


This information is applicable for 2019 entry.