Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme offers you the perfect opportunity to do just that. Covering the historical period from Classical Athens to Christian Byzantium, we offer courses which allow you to examine many aspects of the Ancient History of Greece, Rome and the Near East. Our Ancient History MA also provides postgraduates with the ideal foundation for conducting further research at doctoral level. Organised on an intercollegiate basis, this course is jointly run with King?s College London and University College London to enable you to take full advantage of the teaching expertise of all three participating colleges. This tri-collegiate approach offers up an unparalleled range of modules to study: postgraduate units cover Greek and Latin literature and ancient philosophy, as well as key technical skills such as papyrology, epigraphy, and palaeography.

Our Classics department has an excellent track record in producing research that advances the understanding of the ancient world. A thriving and internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching, the department is home to two Research Centres - the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome (CRGR) and the Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric (COR). Research in the department covers the whole range of Classical Studies, from Homeric Greece to the very end of the Roman Empire with particular interests in language, literature, history, ancient philosophy as well as Greek and Roman archaeology.

In teaching ancient history, we are particularly well equipped to supervise dissertations on the history of Greek law, Athenian political and social history, the Roman army, ancient shipping and shipsheds, ancient urbanism, and the economic, political and social history of Rome. A global leader in Masters Provision, Royal Holloway gives you the opportunity to take part in one of the most extensive programmes of research seminars and training programmes offered by any institution.

Graduates of classical degrees have much to offer potential employers having developed a range of transferable skills, both practical and theoretical, whilst studying with us. With up to 90% of our most recent graduates now working or in further study, according to the Complete University Guide 2015, it?s true to say our graduates are highly employable. In recent years, PhD graduates, many of whom have progressed from our MA courses, have taken up academic positions at Oxford, Bristol and Roehampton Universities. Outside of academia, our graduates have embarked on teaching careers in the UK and overseas, undertaken archaeological and museum work and pursued careers in journalism, finance, politics and the arts.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,700 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,700 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £16,400 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,850 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,850 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,200 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects. Successful applicants will usually have the following qualities: A broad appreciation of the civilizations and historical framework of the ancient world; a keen interest in primary sources and the different interpretations that have been put on them; the ability to synthesise judgements from multiple viewpoints.
  • International entry requirements: Students will require: IELTS: 6.5 overall (Writing 7.0). No other subscore lower than 5.5; Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 69. No other subscore lower than 51; Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.