School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Research Programmes

Classics Postgraduate Research Programmes

We welcome postgraduate students in any of our areas of research expertise.

We're 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 and how to apply, see our course descriptions on the Postgraduate website:

While there is no formal closing date for applicants, if you're intending to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding you should contact us by 1 March each year. Wherever possible applicants are interviewed.

We also offer postgraduate research programmes in history and archaeology.

Finding a supervisor

Before applying for one of our research degrees you should find a potential supervisor from our staff who specialises in the area you're interested in.

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 some of our postgraduate students' research profiles.

Our research students are all supervised by at least two members of staff. Some students work on interdisciplinary projects, and can be co-supervised by staff from other subject areas, eg archaeology, classics and ancient history and fine art.

Key research facilities and opportunities

Our postgraduate students have access to excellent research facilities, including the Great North Museum: Hancock's collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities and award-winning libraries. We also run weekly research seminars during term time in addition to those organised by Archaeology and History within the School.

You'll also benefit from an annual Postgraduate Conference and our Postgraduate Forum, which publishes postgraduate work, lists useful research and postgraduate links and conference announcements.

The professional development and employability prospects of our postgraduates are greatly enhanced by a range of teaching opportunities which allow them to gain valuable experience whilst mentored and supported by an academic member of staff.

Contact us

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

Dr Matthew Haysom is our Programme Director for research degrees in classics and ancient history. He will be happy to answer any questions you may have.