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Postgraduate taught courses

Masters students based in the internationally recognised classics department of one of the leading research-intensive universities in the UK experience the best of both worlds. We combine the vibrant classics community and rich resources of the University of London with our intimate departmental community located in our beautiful leafy Egham campus within easy commuting distance of the capital. Our vibrant research culture and internationally diverse student population mean we offer a distinctive and rewarding postgraduate experience.

The department offers five Masters programmes:


Our MA Programmes

Our MA offering is part of the Intercollegiate Masters programme offered in partnership with King’s College London and University College London, creating one of the biggest clusters of classics in the world. Our MA courses offer an unparalleled menu of taught courses which cover every aspect of the classical world, drawing on the internationally acclaimed research of all partner colleges. They provide ideal training for those considering further research, as well as an additional year of high level study for those seeking to build on their undergraduate qualification.

Teaching for the MA degree is agreed in the spring each year, and courses on offer vary depending on staff availability. To get a flavour of what is available, have a look at our page of course offerings for students beginning the MA in 2017 - as you'll see, you can also look at the courses offered by KCL and UCL to our intercollegiate students. 

MA students not only have accesst to the library and archives at Royal Holloway, but also to the University of London central library, the Institute of Classical Studies library and the libraries of KCL and UCL. 

In order to support our students in their studies, we offer a travel allowance to contribute towards the cost of travelling to classes on the KCL and UCL campuses in central London.


Intercollegiate MA 


Our MRes Programmes

Our MRes programmes celebrate the research that is at the core of the classics department at Royal Holloway, and offer unique training in our areas of research specialism. The MRes in Classical Reception builds on the work of our Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome, while our MRes in Rhetoric is run by the team behind our Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric. Both these programmes provide you with the opportunity to get to grips with subjects that really interest you, with individual supervision from internationally-recognised expert researchers. 

Our MRes students have access to our own library resources as well as being within easy reach of the University of London central library, the Institute of Classical Studies and the British Library.


MA Classical Reception

MA Classical Reception

Why study the Masters by Research in Classical Reception?  Hear from our MA students.

MRes Rhetoric


Our students talk about what makes the Master of Research in Rhetoric such a rewarding postgraduate degree.



Applying for a Masters programme with us is managed centrally through Royal Holloway Direct - more details here. We run a rolling deadline for these programmes and accept applications until August for entry in September; we encourage you to complete your application as soon as you can to ensure there are still places available on the programme you wish to study.

The entry requirements for our Masters programmes are, as standard, a 2:1 in a relevant undergraduate degree, a satisfactory academic reference and a satisfactory personal statement. We expect students for whom English is not their first language to demonstrate their English language level through a recognised qualification. 

You do not have to have an undergraduate qualification in a classical subject to apply for our Masters programmes - we welcome those with a general interest in the humanities. We usually expect applicants for the MA in Classics to have some prior experience of the ancient languages in a formal educational context. Applicants who have relevant professional qualifications and work experience in an associated area are particularly warmly encouraged for the MRes in Rhetoric, and those interested in the interface between the classical and ancient world will be particularly well-served by our MRes programmes. 

When writing your personal statement, you should make sure you have answered the following questions:

  • What makes you a suitable candidate to proceed to postgraduate study?
  • Why do you think the programme you are applying to is a particularly good fit with your interests?
  • Why is the Classics department at Royal Holloway the right place for you to be?

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Dr. Liz Gloyn, our Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies.






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