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Greece, Rome and the Near East

This is a course geared towards preparing you for higher research into the interaction of the classical world with the Near East - partly through direct research training, and partly through modules taught by experts in their field, in small-group seminars. The relationship between the classical world and neighbouring civilisations is among the most important and most rapidly expanding areas of classical scholarship, and we have particular strength in this field: we offer tuition in Akkadian, and can draw on the resources of the Oriental Museum in Durham and the expertise pooled in the Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. The course 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. For the MA programme in Greece, Rome and the Near East, you must have studied this field at the highest level of your undergraduate course.

Course modules

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 or the study of the Mediterranean and Near East (20-40 credits), Core module for Greece, Rome and the Near East (30 credits), 15,000-word Dissertation (60 credits), Optional modules (30-40 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, Compulsory language module (Latin for research/Ancient Greek for research/another ancient language/modern language), Core module for Greece, Rome and the Near East (in 2016-17, options were Akkadian or The Queen of the Desert: Rise and Decline of Palmyra's Civilization), Dissertation. Optional modules are offered according to the current research interests of members of staff.

Assessment methods

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 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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