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Classics and Ancient History MA

Our Classics and Ancient History master's builds and expands on your previous studies. You can specialise in either classics or ancient history.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024
Webinar on applying for postgraduate study. Wednesday 13 Dec, 14:00-15:00 (GMT)


The course is primarily designed for students who have studied ancient history, classics or classical studies as their first degree.

The highly flexible master's in Classics and Ancient History offers you the opportunity to study a wide range of topics. These topics reflect the research specialisms of our staff in:

  • ancient history
  • classics
  • archaeology including Byzantine studies

You'll develop your own research interests and professional skills.

Classics and ancient history at Newcastle has a long and distinguished reputation for its research and teaching. We've taught Latin and Greek since 1874, ancient history since 1910, and classical archaeology since 1931.

You can choose to study one of two pathways: Classics or Ancient History.

If you're interested in classics, you'll study literatures, languages and cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome at an advanced level.

If you specialise in ancient history, you'll focus on the histories, societies and cultures of:

  • Archaic and Classical Greece
  • Rome
  • the wider Mediterranean world


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What you'll learn

You'll gain advanced knowledge and understanding of:

  • either classics or ancient history
  • methodologies for interpreting evidence
  • theoretical and analytical approaches
  • how to evaluate, analyse and interpret different types of evidence
  • Latin, Greek or both languages
  • marshalling evidence, critically analysing texts, images and material objects and writing a balanced argument
  • your chosen research subject through undertaking a dissertation


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn


Your development

Professional skills

You'll benefit from teaching and training in research techniques from specialists in the field. The course will equip you with advanced skills in:

  • literacy
  • research
  • project management

This enables you to pursue the subject at PhD level or to enter a range of professions.

Your future

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


As a student in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, you'll benefit from the provision of computing facilities in our dedicated postgraduate computer room. You'll have access to a collection reading materials in the Armstrong Building.

The Great North Museum: Hancock houses an internationally renowned collection of over 1,000 Greek, Roman and Etruscan artefacts. In addition, Newcastle and its surrounding region have a wealth of other museums and archaeological sites including UNESCO World Heritage Site Hadrian's Wall.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

How to apply

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  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Sandra Fletcher
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7966


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