Postgraduate Research in Classics and Ancient History

Colonial Romans: Piazza della Corporazioni, OstiaClassics at Newcastle University is committed to creating a vibrant research environment for our students. We welcome enquiries from prospective research students for our degrees.

For course content, entry requirements, fees, funding and visa information; please see our degree descriptions:

You may find it helpful to find out more about the School's major research areas and the particular interests of members of staff. This will help you in selecting a potential supervisor. You could also take a look at our current postgraduate students' research profiles.

Our key research specialisms include:

  • Ancient economies
  • Ancient women
  • Ancient Persia
  • Ancient Ethnography
  • Ancient Identity
  • Classics and colonialism
  • Greek and Roman music
  • Greek and Roman science
  • Greek and Roman epigraphy and onomastics
  • Greek Art and Archaeology
  • Greek History (from Archaic Greece to Alexander the Great)
  • The Greek World under Rome (from the conquest of Greece to the Byzantine Empire)
  • Greek Philosophy
  • The Influence of Greek Philosophy on the New Testament
  • Greek Medicine, its history and influence (extending to the Renaissance)
  • Greek and Roman historiography (especially Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Livy and Tacitus) and biography (especially Cornelius Nepos and Plutarch)
  • Greek and Roman Oratory and Rhetoric (especially Cicero)
  • Greek epic (especially Homer)
  • Greek Tragedy (especially Euripides) and its influence (especially on Racine)
  • Greek Literary Criticism (especially Aristotle's Poetics)
  • Later Greek Literature (especially Plutarch, Dio Chrysostom, the Second Sophistic and Julian)
  • Roman History (especially Late Republic, Middle/Late Empire, the emperors Hadrian and Julian, and the interaction of Pagan and Christian)
  • The City of Rome
  • Roman Wine " Roman Medicine " Roman Epic Poetry (especially Virgil)
  • Roman epistolography (especially Horace and Seneca)
  • Roman Lyric Poetry (especially Catullus and Horace)
  • Roman Philosophical Poetry (especially Horace's Epistles).

We have excellent research facilities and an outstanding research environment. Students have easy access to museums and a range of libraries available to aid your research including:

We also run a series of Research Seminars in conjunction with the areas of Archaeology and History within the School.

Contact us

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us for an informal discussion:

Dr Federico Santangelo, Programme Director for Research Degrees in Classics and Ancient History


We have an outstanding team of international researchers:

Ancient History