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Ancient Philosophy

This is a specialist programme geared towards preparing you for higher research in ancient philosophy - partly through direct research training, and partly through modules taught by experts in their field in small-group seminars. Durham has a longstanding tradition of international excellence in the field of ancient philosophy, with several recent doctoral students having gone on to take up academic positions in the UK and abroad. The programme lasts for one year full-time (two years part-time).

Course modules

Core Modules: Classical Research Methods and Resources, Language module in an ancient or modern language relevant to research in the area of Classics, Core module in Ancient Philosophy (in 2016-17, options were Aristotle's Systems or Plutarch the Philosopher), Dissertation. Optional Modules: Optional modules are offered according to the current research interests of members of staff. In recent years, optional modules available in the Department have included: Akkadian, Ancient Philosophers on Necessity, Fate and Free Will, Ancient Philosophers on Origins, Animals in Graeco-Roman Antiquity, Forms After Plato, Greek Text Seminar on Homeric Epic, Greek Sacred Regulations, Latin Love Elegy, Latin Text Seminar on Roman Epic, Life and Death on Roman Sarcophagi, Monumental Architecture of the Roman East, Religious Life in The Roman Near East, Rewriting Empire: Eusebius of Caesarea and the First Christian History, The Classical Tradition: Art, Literature, Thought, The Queen of the Desert: Rise and Decline of Palmyra's Civilization, The Roman Republic: Debates and Approaches.

Assessment methods

This course is assessed through a variety of types of coursework, including essays, portfolios and presentations, and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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Department of Classics and Ancient History
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