In Classics at Newcastle we have a long and distinguished international reputation for our research and teaching. Latin and Greek have been taught here since 1874, and Classical Archaeology since 1931. Our staff include scholars of outstanding international reputation, and our research covers all major aspects of the study of the ancient world.
We welcome postgraduate students 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.
MLitt 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
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
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
A detailed list of Classics research areas can be found on our website.
There is a lively research culture in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, with a seminar programme to which academic staff, graduate students, and distinguished visiting speakers contribute. Our graduate students run an enthusiastic and energetic Postgraduate Forum. Their activities chiefly include publishing an online peer-reviewed journal, and organising bi-monthly seminars, at which students deliver papers to their peers and academic staff. There is also an annual postgraduate conference, at which you will present your research to other postgraduates and academics from around the region and nationally.
Our previous research students report very high levels of satisfaction with their programme, and of confidence in their ability to complete their research on time (2013 Postgraduate Research Student Survey).
The main method of delivery is via regular supervision on a one-to-one basis.
We run regular postgraduate and research seminars, and encourage all students to attend and to present papers. You are also encouraged to attend region-wide and national training events, for which financial support is available via the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, in addition to your annual research allowance.
Desk space is provided in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology postgraduate suite, at the heart of a growing scholarly community of over 100 full and part-time graduate students. You will also benefit from the provision of first-class computing facilities in our dedicated postgraduate computer room and are able to borrow laptop computers for research trips.
The Great North Museum: Hancock houses an internationally renowned collection of over 1,000 Greek and Etruscan artefacts. In addition, Newcastle and its region have a wealth of other museums and archaeological sites including Hadrian's Wall.
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Training & Skills
Modules for 2017 entry
- Research Training Modules
- Research Assignments
- CAC8000 Research skills and Dissertation training
- CAC9001 Classics MLitt Research Assignments
- CAC9002 Classics MLitt Dissertation
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
Our Faculty Training Programme provides a community made up of postgraduate social sciences and humanities students and staff. It is a unique blend of cross-disciplinary and generic researcher development training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing a solid basis for doctoral study.
Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, which accredits the core foundation modules on the training programme.
You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite with purpose-built facilities for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software required for doctoral research in the social sciences and humanities. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences and we have a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.
Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership
Based at Newcastle University, Northern Bridge brings together the expertise and exceptional resources of Newcastle University, Durham University, Queen’s University Belfast and their partners for the training and development of outstanding arts and humanities postgraduate researchers.
Northern Bridge is funded by the AHRC to provide doctoral studentships and has been commended for the strength of its research base, shared vision, and its successful track record of partnership working.
Postgraduate Research Student Support
Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time £15,600
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in classics or a related subject. We will give specific consideration to any independent research you do as part of your studies.
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.
You need to submit a research proposal with your application. You may also need to attend an interview. Read our guidelines for producing a research proposal (PDF: 41.5KB) from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Graduate School.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.