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MA - Master of Arts
Cultural Studies Art History Ancient History
The taught MA courses provide an overview of the scope of the visual and material culture of the ancient world, the ways in which it might be studied, and the questions that can be asked of it. The core module gives students an awareness of historiography and methodological issues affecting the study of the material culture of the ancient world as well as inviting them to consider the ways in which its study can contribute to our picture of antiquity. Optional modules allow students to develop their interests in particular aspects of the subject (art, epigraphy, numismatics, or an approved external option) in more depth, while a core language component provides the linguistic skills necessary to conduct further research.
This MA provides a thorough preparation in research techniques if you are considering further research in the fields of art, numismatics or epigraphy, or are working on an historical topic that involves the consideration of material evidence. It will also provide a detailed understanding of ancient visual and material culture to prepare you if you are aiming to enter a career in museums and curatorial work, or in education. This MA also provides a solid basis for independent research, and often leads students to engage in MPhil/PhD studies in Ancient Visual and Material Culture.
Assessed by a 5,000 word essay on a topic of your choice, decided upon by negotiation with a member of academic staff. The dissertation will be a piece of work 15,000 – 20,000 words and built on the research carried out whilst on the programme.
Skills from this degree
The degree is designed to introduce students to major issues in the study of ancient material culture, and to key methodologies and approaches. It will help to develop students’ intellectual skills in the following areas:
It will also help to develop the following key transferable 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:
For this course (per year)
For this course (per year)
Students will need to have achieved or be expecting to achieve a high 2:i undergraduate degree in Classics/Ancient History/Archaeology or a relevant subject to be considered for entry.