Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This course is for people who are curious about how modern life has been shaped by ancient Greece and Rome and are looking to advance your skills in literary, historical and archaeological analysis. The history and culture of the Classical world, its art, literature politics and culture has been passed down to us through generations of thinkers and its legacy has shaped modern thought and the way we live today. This Masters programme leads you to explore that legacy and to develop skills in research and methodology in this fascinating and growing field of intellectual history.

Intended either as a further year's study after a first degree or as training in the technical disciplines needed to undertake doctoral research, the course is structured so as to provide you with advanced training in research skills. Not only will you acquire a detailed understanding of the role the Classical world has played in shaping the modern era but you will develop skills that are much sort after outside of academia, specifically: the ability to communicate views and present arguments clearly and coherently; the ability to critically digest, analyse and summarise content; organisation and research skills; problem-solving skills and capability; the ability to innovate and think creatively.

This course draws on the department?s Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome, and the thriving and internationally recognised research and teaching expertise of the Classics department. The Centre brings together the department?s wide range of research expertise on areas as wide as political and literary philosophy, urbanism, literary receptions, science fictions, and popular culture.

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
Masters in Research (MRes) £7,700 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £7,700 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £16,400 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £3,850 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £3,850 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £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: an openness to new themes and current interpretations of the classics; an understanding of and interest in the many and diverse ways in which the classical has influenced the modern; an ability to relate disparate areas of study and work with different frameworks.
  • 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.