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Classics and Ancient History (Research)

Newcastle University
1 year
Master's degree
On campus
Newcastle upon Tyne
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Program description

Our programmes cover a range of classical subjects. They include material culture and history, language and literature, philosophy and the history of science and medicine. We have strong links with related disciplines such as history, archaeology and modern languages. We welcome postgraduates in any of our areas of research expertise.

Classics and Ancient History at Newcastle has a long and distinguished international reputation. We deliver quality research and teaching. We have taught Latin and Greek since 1874. We have taught Ancient History since 1910 and Classical Archaeology since 1931.

Our staff include scholars of outstanding international reputation. Our research covers all major aspects of the study of the ancient world, with research strengths in:
•rhetoric and historiography
•ancient philosophy, science and medicine
•reception and recreation of ancient texts
•ancient concepts of divinity.

Our research specialities include:
•the ancient Near East
•Greco-Roman culture and religion
•early Christianity and patristics
•Greek art and archaeology
•Greek ethnography
•history and archaeology of Roman Italy
•Greek and Roman music
•Greek language and literature, including Homer, tragedy, historiography and rhetoric
•Latin language and literature, including historiography, rhetoric and Augustan poetry
•reception of the classical tradition
•ancient science and medicine
•ancient Greek and Roman patristics and philosophy.

MPhil and PhD supervision is usually available in:

Ancient history and classical archaeology:
•the history and archaeology of pre-Roman and Roman Italy
•the late Roman Republic
•Greco–Roman religion
•the social and cultural history of the Roman Empire
•Roman Greece
•Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt
•history of the Jews
•Greek art and archaeology
•the history and archaeology of the ancient Near East.

Classical language and literature:
•Latin language and literature
•ancient oratory and rhetoric
•Latin poetry
•ancient historiography
•Greek tragedy
•Greek influence on later literature
•Greek and Roman music.

Philosophy and science:
•ancient and early Christian philosophy
•the history of Greek and Roman medicine
•Greek and Roman music
•the exact sciences in Graeco-Roman antiquity.

You can find a detailed list of classics research areas on our website.

There is a lively research culture in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. We have a seminar programme with contributions from:
•academic staff
•postgraduate students
•distinguished visiting speakers.

You will have the opportunity to get involved in our student-led Postgraduate Forum. Their activities include publishing an online peer-reviewed journal and organising bi-monthly seminars. At the seminars, students deliver papers to their peers and academic staff. There is also an annual postgraduate conference. Here you can present your research to other regional and national postgraduates and academics.

Our previous research students report high levels of satisfaction with their programme. They were also confident that they would complete their research on time.


You will receive regular one-to-one supervision with a lead supervisor and a second supervisor.

In semester one of your first year, your supervisor will assess your skills training needs (eg languages, quantitative data management). We will review and discuss your training needs with you on a regular basis. We also track their efficacy yearly.

We run regular postgraduate and research seminars. We encourage all students to attend and to present papers. You are also encouraged to attend region-wide and national training events. Financial support is available from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. This is in addition to your annual research allowance.


You will have access to the School of History, Classics and Archaeology postgraduate suite. This provides a centre for our growing community of over 100 full and part time postgraduate scholars.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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Newcastle University

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