Classics MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

We welcome suitable postgraduates in any of our areas of research expertise. We cover a vast range of classical subjects, from material culture and history, through language and literature, to philosophy and the history of science and medicine. We also have strong links with related disciplines such as History, Archaeology, and Modern Languages.

Our research specialities include:
The ancient Near East; Greco–Roman culture and religion; early Christianity and patristics; Greek art and archaeology; the history and archaeology of Roman Italy; Greek and Roman music; Greek language and literature - including Homer, tragedy, historiography and rhetoric; Latin language and literature - including historiography, rhetoric and Augustan poetry; the reception of the classical tradition; ancient science and medicine; and ancient Greek and Roman patristics and philosophy.

MPhil/PhD supervision is normally available in the following areas:

Ancient history and classical archaeology
The history and archaeology of pre-Roman and Roman Italy; the late Roman Republic; Greco–Roman religion; the social and cultural history of the Roman Empire; Roman Greece; Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt; History of the Jews; Greek art and archaeology; the history and archaeology of the ancient Near East (Professor A Spawforth, Dr M Brosius, Dr L Capponi, Dr F Santangelo, Dr R Smith).

Classical language and literature
Latin language and literature; ancient oratory and rhetoric; Latin poetry; ancient historiography; Greek tragedy; Greek influence on later literature; Greek and Roman music (Professor J Moles, Professor J Wisse, Dr S Phillippo, Dr D Creese).

Philosophy and science
Ancient and early Christian philosophy; the history of Greek and Roman medicine; Greek and Roman music; the exact sciences in Graeco-Roman antiquity (Professor J Moles, Dr T Rütten, Dr D Creese).

For more information about staff specialisms please see the School's website.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

We run regular postgraduate and research seminars, and all students are encouraged to attend and to present papers. In addition, our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School organises a comprehensive training programme for postgraduate students that covers research techniques, professional/key skills and provides support for personal development.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree and a master's degree with a minimum average of 60% in taught modules, or international equivalent, in an appropriate discipline.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing), TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

Financial support (including Classical Association (CA) bursaries) is provided for attendance at national and international conferences. We normally offer undergraduate teaching to PhD students as part of their training and to supplement their income. Students also have the opportunity to carry out museum work.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. Wherever possible applicants are interviewed. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

There are two possible start dates for your research degree:  

  • 6 January 2014
  • 22 July 2014

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Sandra Fletcher
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7966

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Classics.