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MA in Ancient History

The MA in Ancient History is a traditional taught course which focuses on understanding the socia, political and institutional aspects of the ancient world. This is an intercollegiate course, offered jointly with King’s College London and University College London. This partnership offers students an unparalleled range of courses and access to the unrivalled research resources available in central London. Students choose from a menu of courses which covers not only Greek and Latin literature, the major periods of ancient history, ancient philosophy and the Greek and Latin languages, but also key technical skills such as papyrology, epigraphy, and palaeography.

Students take the equivalent of three full-year units in the autumn and spring terms, which are mainly assessed by written coursework. Each full year course is worth 40 credits. Students then spend the summer working on their dissertations, and submit them in September.

Part time students usually take two taught courses in their first year, then a third taught course and the dissertation in the second year. Each element is examined in the year when it is taken.

Programme structure for the MA in Ancient History:

  • Core course ‘Sources and Methods in Ancient History’ - This module provides an introduction to some of the disciplines, methodologies, problems and themes that may be encountered by those undertaking research work in the field of ancient history. The topics covered range from papyrology, numismatics and archaeology to general issues of method in ancient history. The objective is that students beginning research should be equipped with the knowledge, skills and bibliography that will enable them to develop a research project and pursue it successfully.
  • One course (40 credits) chosen from the current list of available MA Ancient History courses.
  • A further 40 credits from the available course choices.
  • CL5000: Dissertation in the field of Ancient History, 10,000-12,000 words.

Staff research expertise

Staff in the Classics department at Royal Holloway offer a range of expertise in ancient history:

If you have further questions, please e-mail our Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies, Dr. Liz Gloyn.


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