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History and Archaeology of the Greek and Roman Worlds - MA

History and Archaeology of the Greek and Roman Worlds - MA

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Full time | Canterbury Campus | 1 year | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Roman Archaeology Greek Archaeology Roman History Europe: History

Course type


Course Summary

Study ancient Greece and Rome through a distinctive new programme that combines archaeology, ancient history, and classics but allows you the flexibility to choose your own unique pathway. You will acquire a firm grounding in wider spheres of evidence, such as archaeological theory, epigraphy, or numismatics.


This programme is geared towards training you in becoming independent in your study of the ancient world, while at the same time offering great flexibility by allowing you to shape the focus of your studies of the ancient world. Through a variety of optional modules you can either study both the Greek and the Roman worlds or have the opportunity to specialise in one.

The programme draws from a broad span of expertise housed in our Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, with experts in Athens, Rome, Egypt, as well as in the study of artefacts, philosophy and ancient sciences. You will study at our beautiful Canterbury campus overlooking the Roman and Medieval city of Canterbury. During your studies, you gain training in research skills in both Greek and Roman History, and in Archaeology through small-group seminars led by internationally recognised experts in these fields.

This is an ideal programme for graduates of ancient history, classics, archaeology, history, or the wider humanities, wanting to gain a rigorous understanding of a range of fields. Options range from archaeological method and theory to Greek cosmology and Roman cities, combined with a comprehensive set of research skills for those interested in pursuing a career in academia.

Teaching and assessment

The programme is assessed by coursework for each of the modules and by the dissertation.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • attract outstanding students, irrespective of race, background, gender or physical disability from both within the UK, and EU, and from overseas
  • develop new areas of postgraduate teaching in response to the advancement of scholarship and current research
  • expand student’s depth of knowledge of key subject areas in ancient Greek and Roman History and Archaeology
  • develop the student’s competence in applying skills to analysis of a diverse body of ancient evidence


Our MA programmes include much scope for vocational training, skills acquisition and guided project work, often with use of our extensive facilities. These aspects of our programmes have been praised by external assessors in recent years.

Recent graduates have progressed to careers in a wide range of related professional and leadership areas, including national and local museums, teaching and senior roles with archaeological organisations (national government institutions, contracting units and trusts). A large proportion of completing Master’s students have progressed onto PhD study.


The Dissertation module comprises supervised research undertaken by the student, in the broad area of the history, literary sources and archaeology of the ancient world. A curriculum will be developed by the student around their own particular research interests.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a good second class honours degree (2.2. or above) in ancient history, ancient history and archaeology, classical studies, classical and archaeological studies or another relevant subject (or the equivalent). All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

University information

The University of Kent is a leading international higher education institution, with a reputation for academic excellence and the unofficial title of the UK’s ‘European university’. With postgraduate centres in Paris and Brussels alongside the Canterbury and Medway main campuses, students will find that the university is the perfect place to sharpen their focus and broaden their horizons as they continue their studies. The university is...more

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