Classics and Ancient History MPhil/PhD

Major code: HCMR


The School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology has a number of research groups, which together reflect our major research strengths; those areas where we are recognised internationally. Each of these groups is a dynamic forum for the exchange of concepts and information and has a vibrant seminar series providing an opportunity for staff and postgraduates to integrate their research activities and interact with major external figures in their fields.

Key Facts

Research degrees
We currently have around 60 doctoral students, all of whom play a central role in departmental life.

There's a vibrant seminar culture, as well as funding to speak at conferences and to organise events here in Liverpool around your research themes.

You'll also enjoy excellent research training and tailored subject training in fields such as ancient languages, archaeological methods and other skills and techniques.

Our commitment to doctoral training is reflected in the achievements and profiles of our past graduates.

Why Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology?

Academic expertise

ACE has 39 full-time academic staff, who are all actively engaged in research ranging from early prehistory through to late antiquity. Here are some of our particularly strong areas:- - African archaeology - ancient languages - archaeology of the Mediterranean and the Near East - archaeological science - Egyptology - European prehistory - Greek and Roman history and culture. Fieldwork is an important part of research in archaeology and we've projects based internationally, in Egypt, Greece, Bulgaria, Jordan, Turkey, Italy, Zambia and South Africa, as well as in the British Isles.

Taught masters programmes

We offer a unique breadth of taught masters degrees in Ancient History, Archaeology (MA or MSc), Classics, Egyptology and Palaeoanthropology. You can configure a wide choice of modules to suit your interests and requirements and there are opportunities to learn different approaches and techniques, as well as ancient languages such as Greek, Latin, Akkadian, Sumerian, Egyptian and Coptic. All of our masters degrees provide intensive training to prepare you for doctoral research and employment.

Opportunities and funding for postgraduate research activities

In addition to central University funding, ACE has budgets for research activities and training, including:- - language classes (French, German and Italian) - postgraduate travel - research expenses - postgraduate-led conferences/colloquia around the themes of their research - a postgraduate-led, weekly seminar series - social events for staff and postgraduates

Excellent resources

The Ancient World and Archaeology has been studied at Liverpool since the 1880s, so we've had plenty of time to build up an enviable library and a fantastic museum. The Garstang Museum, which is in the ACE building, has outstanding archaeological collections, along with extensive laboratory facilities for conservation, lithics, geomagnetism, stable isotope, trace elements, finds processing and sample preparation. We also have a GIS suite with facilities for archaeological drawing and offer 24-hour access for taught students to a dedicated Student Resource Centre, complete with PCs, personal lockers, desk space, wi fi and a networked printer. Postgraduate research students will usually be allocated a shared office with computing facilities and an allocation of subsidised printing and inter-library loans.