Find out more about our MPhil/PhD in Classics and Ancient History.
The MPhil/PhD in Classics and Ancient History allows you to immerse yourself in a chosen research field from our wide range of expertise. Study at the University of Warwick, ranked 3rd in the UK in Classics (REF 2021). Enhance your research skills and develop as a specialist in your chosen area in a stimulating and supportive research community.
You will work independently under the close guidance of an academic supervisor. Training in research methods as well as in ancient Greek and/or Latin are provided, as required. Additional skills training and career talks and workshops are built in our programme.
Teaching and learning
Training in research methods as well as in ancient Greek or Latin is provided, as required. Additional skills training and career talks and workshops are built in our programme.
General entry requirements
Applicants will need to have achieved a First or high upper Second Class degree in Classics/Ancient History/Archaeology and to have achieved or be expecting to achieve at least a high merit mark on a Master’s degree in a relevant subject to be considered for entry.
Standard offers for successful applicants will typically be conditional on achieving a merit mark in a Master’s degree (where applicable).
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.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
Areas for PhD supervision
The Department offers expertise in a wide range of research areas, including:
- Greek and Roman art, visual and material culture
- Ancient medicine
- Ceramics and craft
- Greek social and cultural history
- Ancient sexuality and gender
- Ancient rhetoric
- Roman imperial history
- Greek religion and Greek sanctuaries
- Greek theatre
- Greek literature, especially lyric poetry
- Greek political history
- Latin literature (Republican and imperial poetry and prose)
- Geography and space in Greek and Latin literature
- Theoretical approaches to classical literature
- Classics and race
- Roman philosophy
- Roman cultural history
- Ancient economies
- Archaeology of the Roman provinces (Syria, Sicily and North Africa, Greece)
Full details of our research interests are listed on the Classics and Ancient History web pagesLink opens in a new window.
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 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.
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
Scholarships and bursaries
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.
Our Postgraduate courses
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