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MA by Research in Classics and Ancient History (2022 Entry)

About this research graduate course

Course overview

Two routes are available:

Route A 

Completion of a 40,000 words dissertation.

Route B

2 x 5,000 word essays; 25,000 word dissertation + language training.

For both routes training in research methods as well as in ancient Greek or Latin are provided. We also run an academic German class and reading groups on specific topics.

Teaching and learning

Seminars will introduce you to research methods in addition to skills training and career-oriented talks and workshops. Training in ancient Greek and/or Latin is also provided as required.


General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

Applicants will need to have achieved or be expecting to achieve a high upper Second Class degree in Classics/Ancient history/Archaeology or a relevant subject to be considered for entry.

Standard offers for successful applicants will typically be conditional on achieving a 2:i degree with overall average of at least 65% with 68% or over for any dissertation submitted.


English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • 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.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.


Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Our research

Areas for MAR supervision

The Department offers expertise in a wide range of research areas, including:

  • Epigraphy
  • Numismatics
  • Visual and Material Culture
  • Art
  • Ancient Medicine
  • Ancient Athletics
  • Greek Social and Cultural History
  • Sexuality and Gender
  • Ancient Rhetoric
  • Augustus and the Early Principate
  • Greek Religion and Greek Sanctuaries
  • Greek theatre
  • Greek Literature, especially lyric poetry
  • Greek Political History
  • Latin literature (Republican and Imperial poetry and prose)
  • The ancient novel
  • Geography and space in Greek and Latin literature
  • Classics and Theory
  • Roman philosophy
  • Roman cultural history
  • Roman Economy
  • Roman Syria
  • Sicily and North Africa
  • The Western Mediterranean

Full details of our research interests are listed on the Classics and Ancient History web pages.

You can also read our general University research proposal guidance.

Find a supervisor

Find your supervisor using the link below and discuss with them the area you'd like to research.

Explore our Classics and Ancient History Staff Directory where you will be able to search by research area.

You can also see our general University guidance about finding a supervisor.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

Taught course fees  Research course fees


Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.


Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

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Classics and Ancient History at Warwick

Take your fascination with the ancient world further.

Our Classics and Ancient History department is tailor-made for a community of curiosity. Work closely with award-winning academics while carving your own path through the varied disciplines we study - from literature and history, to philosophy and art.

Share your observations, opinions and developing interests. Develop critical and creative thinking that will prove valuable for your future – wherever in the world this might take you.

Find out more about us on our website.


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