The Graeco-Roman World, 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.

Start date
September each year
Department
Archaeology and Ancient History

Postgraduate Administrators
+44 (0)116 252 2720 or 2772
arch-pgt@le.ac.uk
Archaeology and Ancient History website

Course Director
Dr Dan Stewart
ds120@le.ac.uk

Course description

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.

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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

If you 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.

If you have extensive relevant professional experience (5 years or more) you may be considered.

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.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in 2018

  • £7,835

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International Students

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Starting in 2018

  • £15,405

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Careers and employability

Careers and employability

An MA in The Graeco-Roman World 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 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.

You also have the flexibility to choose to do a longer dissertation and just two option modules rather than three. Choosing to do a longer dissertation and focusing on research can be excellent preparation if you're intending to do a PhD.

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Option modules

Option modules

Choose three option modules from the following:

  • Approaches to Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Archaeology of Standing Buildings
  • Classical Art
  • Early Christian Europe
  • GIS in Archaeology
  • Guided Research in Archaeology
  • Human Skeletal Analysis
  • Rome and its Neighbours
  • Shadows of Empire
  • Study Tour
  • Textiles, Dress and Identity in the Roman World
  • The Greek World after Alexander
  • Warfare, Conflict and Violence

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Why Leicester?

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

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

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

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

Teaching and learning

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.

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.

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Course The Graeco-Roman World Qualification MA Duration 1 year full-time Start Dates September each year Availability Apply Now
Course The Graeco-Roman World Qualification MA Duration 2 years part-time Start Dates September each year Availability Apply Now
Course The Graeco-Roman World Qualification PGDip Duration 9 months full-time Start Dates September each year Availability Apply Now
Course The Graeco-Roman World Qualification PGDip Duration 18 months, part-time Start Dates September each year Availability Apply Now