Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Ancient History

This stimulating course offers opportunities for you to both experience the great range of ancient historical studies and to specialise in key areas. We offer units on periods from Near Eastern History to the Byzantine Empire and a vast range of methodologies are deployed and sources considered. As this is an intercollegiate course, jointly run with King�s College London and University College London, you will benefit from the choice of a wide range of fascinating subjects. You will study from an exciting menu of units which covers not only Greek and Latin literature, the major periods of ancient history, ancient philosophy and the Greek and Latin languages, but also key technical skills such as papyrology, epigraphy, and palaeography. This course is ideal if you are considering progressing to advanced research or wish to add an additional year of high level study to your undergraduate qualification

Entry requirements

UK upper 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1) or equivalent. Candidates with relevant professional qualifications and work experience in an associated area will also be considered. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores. A successful applicant will usually have the following qualities: A broad appreciation of the civilisations and historical framework of the ancient world; a keen interest in primary sources and the different interpretations that have been put on them; the ability to synthesise judgements from multiple viewpoints.

Course modules

Students study 1 core unit and 2 elective course units, and prepare a dissertation. At least 1 of the elective units should be in ancient history, as should the dissertation. Courses available cover a range of subjects from ancient Greece and Rome to Egypt, as well as offering skills in language acquisition and epigraphy.

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

AHRB; College studentships.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Holloway Egham TW20 0EX South East

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01784 414982