The Classical Mediterranean

MA, PGDip, 9 months-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to explore in depth the Classical Mediterranean world across the Greek and Roman periods drawing from the disciplines of history and archaeology.

Course Description

This postgraduate degree offers an intensive and challenging approach to the study of the Classical Mediterranean worlds across the Greek and Roman periods. The course questions the traditional ways in which we reconstruct the classical past, and interrogates current understandings and perceptions of Greek and Roman societies across the Mediterranean.

A key part of the course is our interdisciplinary approach, drawing from both history and archaeology. We will equip you to work with different classical sources in combination, including literary texts, epigraphy, material culture, landscape studies, architecture, and visual art.

The course will enable you to reflect critically on the economic, social, political, cultural, artistic and religious developments and interactions between the various regions and powers of the Classical Mediterranean. You will develop a high level of competence in the cultures of the Greek, Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean.

Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester has a high concentration of relevant staff expertise and specialisms which is exceptional in Britain. Our expertise ranges across the classical world, including Italy, North Africa, the Aegean, Anatolia and Syria, offering you a coherent perspective of the whole Mediterranean.

This course will equip you with the skills needed to go on to conduct doctoral research or enhance your career prospects, whether in archaeology, related or other professions.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Archaeology and Ancient History

Postgraduate Administrators
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Course Director
Dr Dan Stewart

Why Leicester?

We maintain close relationships with commercial/contract archaeology through ULAS (University of Leicester Archaeological Services), who were involved with the discovery of Richard III.

Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester achieved 95% student satisfaction in the NSS in 2015, with 100% for staff enthusiasm.

Our specialist facilities include an Osteology Lab and an outstanding range of equipment for archaeological science in general.

Our courses cross the traditional academic boundary of archaeology and ancient history, letting you gain a wider knowledge in your chosen area.

Course Structure

Core modules

Core modules

This core module enables you to engage with different types of source material from the classical world, encouraging an interdisciplinary approach. You will explore a range of sources in detail, with an emphasis on close analysis, and the significance of context. Assessment and teaching is tailored to allow you to investigate the most relevant sources for the research questions, time periods, and regions that particularly interest you.

Plus your Dissertation (MA only) 

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Option modules

Option modules

Choose three option modules from the following:

  • Approaches to Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Archaeology and Landscape
  • Archaeozoology
  • Ceramic Technology
  • Classical Art
  • Early Christian Europe
  • Greek Historiography
  • Guided Research
  • Human Skeletal Analysis
  • Humans, Animals and Disease
  • Rome and its Neighbours
  • Shadows of Empire
  • Standing Buildings
  • Study Tour
  • Textiles, Dress and Identity
  • The Greek World after Alexander 

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Field trips

On the MA you will have the option of participating in a study tour in the Mediterranean, either as an assessed or non-assessed module. The study tour will take place over a period of ten days and involves visiting a range of classical sites, monuments and museums. If you take the tour as an assessed module you will be expected to prepare coursework based on activities you do on the tour. Previous tour locations have included Rome, as well as Athens and Attica; and Istanbul and western Turkey. 

What's the difference?

You will do four modules on both the MA and PGDip courses. If you go on to complete a dissertation you will get an MA qualification.


Teaching and Assessment

Teaching is by a combination of lecture and seminar courses, museum visits, a study tour to the Mediterranean region, and individual research.

Assessment is through essays and project work. You are encouraged throughout to develop your transferable skills, including IT and oral presentation. MA students write a 15,000 word dissertation undertaken between May and September. Students may elect to do an extended, 90-credit dissertation where doctoral study is the main target.

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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 degree, or equivalent, in Archaeology, Classics/Classical Studies, Ancient History or a closely related subject.

Where candidates have a non-relevant degree it may be possible to attain entry via successful completion of specified conversion modules to an appropriate standard, by prior agreement with the Course Director.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and Funding

Career Opportunities

An MA in The Classical Mediterranean offers great opportunities to extend you general academic and related skills in a fascinating area of study, which may also serve you well in the heritage sector, and beyond, as well as in preparation for doctoral research.

As well as providing an excellent foundation for doctoral research, our MA courses are highly valued by employers for the detailed thematic knowledge and key transferable skills that they provide. They enable you to develop a detailed, critical understanding of your particular area of interest, essential to those seeking careers in archaeology, ancient history, museums and heritage and elsewhere.


Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
The Classical Mediterranean MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
The Classical Mediterranean MA 2 years part-time September each year Apply Now
The Classical Mediterranean PGDip 9 months full-time September each year Apply Now
The Classical Mediterranean
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
The Classical Mediterranean
2 years part-time
Start Dates
September each year
The Classical Mediterranean
9 months full-time
Start Dates
September each year

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