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Ancient Literature and Thought (MA)

Ancient Literature and Thought (MA)

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Full time | University of Warwick | 1 year | 02-OCT-23

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Literature Ancient History

Course type


Course Summary

Explore a wide range of Greek and/or Latin texts on Ancient Literature and Thought MA.

Course Overview

This new MA will foster your ability to read a wide range of Greek and/or Latin texts in the original language and to develop nuanced understanding of the methodologies and critical approaches to the study of these texts within their historical, cultural and political contexts. It provides an intensive introduction to literary theory tailored specifically to classicists, making it a unique pathway in the UK for classicists contemplating going on to a doctorate, and harnesses Warwick’s strong interdisciplinary links between its departments of Classics and Ancient History, English and Comparative Literary Studies, and Philosophy.

You’ll undertake rigorous training in the close reading of texts and of Greco-Roman culture, while having flexibility to pursue your related interests – both within the field of Classics and beyond – through optional modules. You’ll also build subject specific, transferable skills in independent research, analysis, and communication.


Taught modules are taught through 10 two-hour seminars held weekly or fortnightly in terms one and/or two. The seminars centre on student-led presentations and discussion, and class size is small, ranging from between 3 and 10 students. Teaching methods used for language modules vary depending on the level, but run across all three terms. Overall, students can expect to have on average 6 contact hours per week.

Skills from this degree

  • The ability to develop extended, well-structured and coherent arguments, both orally and in writing
  • The ability to make complex ideas intelligible to a wide range of audiences
  • Advanced skills in independent research, analysis and problem solving
  • High-level organizational and time-management skills


Typical career paths chosen by our graduates include jobs in museums and the heritage sector, education, the art market, the civil service and further research.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • What can you do with a Classics and Ancient History degree?
  • Careers in the Creative Industries
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Next steps after your classics degree…hear from alumni
  • Networking for Classics students


Approaching Ancient Texts: methodologies, theories and practice - Core
Dissertation - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Applicants will need to have achieved or be expecting to achieve a high 2:i undergraduate degree in Classics or a similar course of academic study with substantial course components in the area of Classics to be considered for entry. Applicants must have degree-level competence in at least one ancient language (Ancient Greek or Latin).