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Classics

The MA in Classics is our core research training degree, 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 your chosen specialism. The programme lasts for one year full-time (two years part-time).

Entry requirements

MA: A good 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). Since all postgraduate degrees are meant to build on your undergraduate work, we ask for a previous degree in a 'relevant' subject. Note that this need not be 'Classics' (so named). If your plan is to specialise in ancient history, literature, or philosophy, for example, it might be perfectly natural to apply with 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

MA: You will take modules to a total of 180 or 190 credits. The structure of the course is as follows: Core research training module (30 credits), Language module in an ancient or modern language relevant to research in the area of Classics (20-40 credits), 15,000-word Dissertation (60 credits), Optional modules (60-70 credits). MA modules are 30 credits; you may substitute two undergraduate (20 credit) modules for one MA module. You may also take up to 40 credits of modules offered by other Departments (subject to approval). Not all modules will be offered every year, and new modules (both elective and core) are added regularly. Core Modules: Classical Research Methods and Resources, Language module in an ancient or modern language relevant to research in the area of Classics, Dissertation. Optional modules are offered according to the current research interests of members of staff. MA: Core Modules: Classical Research Methods and Resources, Language module in an ancient or modern language relevant to research in the area of Classics, 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

MA: This course is assessed through a variety of types of coursework, including essays, portfolios and presentations, and a dissertation. MA: All students write a 15,000-word dissertation, for which they receive an additional five hours of supervisory contact with an expert in their field of interest.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 17,325 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 7,245 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 9,600 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 4,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

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Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Classics and Ancient History
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01913341670