Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Classical Archaeology

This Master's degree is devoted to the advanced study of the archaeological, historical and cultural legacies of ancient Greece and Rome within their broader Mediterranean contexts. It will provide you with the skills required to retrieve and evaluate archaeological evidence and use the material culture of the classical period to enhance your understanding of ancient societies. This programme is ideal for anybody interested in the archaeology and history of the classical past who is preparing for doctoral or professional research, or specialist work in heritage management. The programme starts with an exploration of the broad themes of classical archaeology, including methodological and interpretative approaches to the material past. While grounding you in theoretical approaches, the degree will also develop your practical skills with an optional fieldwork module that covers major techniques and approaches to excavation. Another focus is the contemporary debates on the reception and interpretation of classical history and culture, particularly the meanings that have been attached to antiquities. You will also develop a critical understanding of archaeological research that will enable you to go on to complete a dissertation on a subject of particular interest to you and, if you wish, pursue archaeological research at MPhil/PhD level, professionally or independently.

Course modules

The core module taken in the first year has a broad thematic range and integrates methodological and interpretative approaches to the classical material past with debates on its modern reception and interpretation. You study 3 option modules (2 in your first year and 1 in your second) from a diverse range of subjects. You also write a dissertation on a subject of your choice in your second year, under the guidance of experienced academic staff. Not all modules are available each year. Core module: Themes and Concepts in Archaeology . MA Classical Archaeology dissertation. Indicative option modules: Archaeological Architecture; Athens: Material Culture Approaches to the Classical City; Between Words and Walls: Housing in the Graeco-Roman World; Field school: Buried Humanities; Frameworks for Archaeology: Curatorial Archaeology in England; From temples to museums: post-classical encounters with classical antiquities; Material Worlds; The City of Rome: Ancient to Medieval; The Edge of Empire: The Archaeology of Roman Frontiers .

Assessment methods

Entirely by coursework: a 5000-word essay for each option module and a 15,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 8,175 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
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