Durham University

Durham University


This course is suitable for anyone wishing to pursue doctoral work in a branch of Classics. The programme places a strong emphasis on language training, on theoretically informed approaches to classical texts, and on practical engagement with a chosen specialism. The course is composed of a core research training module, a module in a relevant language (ancient or modern), a 15,000 word dissertation, and two elective modules, which are offered in the areas of current research interests of members of staff.

Entry requirements

A second class honours degree in a relevant subject (typically 2:1 Honours) or international equivalent (e.g. USA 3.3 g.p.a.; Greek 6.5 / Lian Kalos). A previous degree in a 'relevant' subject. Note that this need not be 'Classics' (so named). A first degree in History, or English, or Philosophy; or you might just have taken a substantial range of Classical options along the course of your previous studies.

Course modules

Core modules: dissertation; classical research methods and resources; compulsory language module (Latin for research/ancient Greek for research/another ancient language/modern language). Optional modules: forms after Plato; Latin text seminar; Greek text seminar; Akkadian; Latin love elegy; religious life in the roman near east; monumental architecture of the Roman east; Vitruvius, on architecture: the first treatise on architecture, its significance and legacy; Greek sacred regulations; ancient philosophers on necessity, fate and free will; the classical tradition: art, literature, thought; comparative approaches to Homeric epic; Greek text seminar on Homeric epic; Latin text seminar on roman epic; life and death on roman sarcophagi; Juvenal's satires in context; ancient philosophers on origins; animals in Graeco-roman antiquity; the queen of the desert: rise and decline of Palmyra�s civilization; the roman republic: debates and approaches.; rewriting empire: Eusebius of Caesarea and the first Christian history.

Assessment methods

This course is assessed through a variety of types of coursework, including essays, portfolios and presentations, and a 15,000 word dissertation.

Sponsorship information

AHRC grants; Durham Doctoral Studentship (DDS); private charities; Ralph Lindsay scholarship.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Department of Classics and Ancient History
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1670