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MA in Classical Art and Archaeology

The MA in Classical Art and Archaeology is a traditional taught course which focuses on the material culture 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 Classical Art and Archaeology:

  • Two courses or equivalent (80 credits) on classical archaeological or art-historical subjects chosen from the current list of available MA courses.
  • One course or equivalent (40 credits) from the list of available MA courses.
  • CL5000: Dissertation in the field of classical archaeology or art-history (60 credits), 10,000-12,000 words.
  • Research Training in Classical Archaeology (not weighted) – a seminar series to support you in writing your dissertation.

Staff research expertise

Staff in the Classics department at Royal Holloway offer a range of expertise in the art and archaeology of the ancient world:

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


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