Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This course is designed for those who want to further their understanding of the classical world through the advanced study of the art and archaeology of the Greeks and Romans. This MA programme studies the Classical world through the art and every-day items the ancients left behind. It draws upon the expertise of several members of the department who have research interests in the art and archaeology of the Near East, Roman Britain, Rome and Italy as well as the architecture of Classical Greece. Organised on an intercollegiate basis, this MA programme 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 publications that advance the understanding of the ancient world. A thriving and internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching, the department is home to two College 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 Classical Art and Archaeology we are particularly well equipped to supervise dissertations on Greek architecture, quantitative methods in archaeology, ancient water systems and management, the Roman Near East, the city of Rome, Greek architecture, the archaeology of the Roman Empire, and ancient shipping and shipsheds.

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 programmes, 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; an appreciation of the importance of archaeological sources and the different interpretations that have been put on them; the ability to synthesize 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.