Classics and Ancient History MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2023
  • Entry requirements: The normal requirement for entry on to a taught programme is a good 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study.
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The MA Classics and Ancient History provides intensive preparation for further research into the literature, cultures, history and societies of ancient Greece and Rome and their later reception. At the same time, it delivers key transferable skills and training that employers value. 

Core modules prepare you for the challenge of your MA, helping you to develop thematic perspectives on the ancient world and understand the big ideas that inform contemporary research. They also build your skills in research and communication, encouraging you to adopt effective strategies for gathering and organising disparate information, analysing complex evidence, evaluating propositions and articulating arguments for different audiences and occasions. As well as pursuing independent research across your degree, you will work with your fellow students to coordinate and participate in a research colloquium. 

In addition to the core modules, you choose from a unique range of optional modules that draw from expertise distinctive to Liverpool staff and have resonance with contemporary issues of debate. Focused around the literary, documentary, visual and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome, these modules shed light on the lived experiences of people in Classical antiquity. From their individual, group, and interstate interactions (peaceful and violent); their social, economic, and political organization; their own knowledge and understanding of the world; to their religious beliefs and their ideological and philosophical principles and debates, these options cover a wide array of aspects of the ancient world whilst pursuing overarching themes.

Additional options in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology allow you to expand your horizons even beyond Greece and Rome to the Mediterranean and the Near East, and to work with objects in our Garstang Museum collection. There are opportunities, too, to develop skills in ancient Greek or Latin language. Liverpool students may also apply to study abroad at the British School of Athens or the British School of Rome as an accredited part of their degree.

This variety and flexibility allows you to tailor the MA programme to suit your research interests and agenda, and prepares you for completing a large-scale supervised dissertation (15,000-20,000 words) on the agreed topic of your choice.

Why Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology?

Academic expertise

Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology has academic staff who are actively engaged in research ranging from early prehistory through to late antiquity.

Here are some of our specialisms:-

  • Ancient near east
  • Cultural evolution
  • Early technologies
  • Egyptian material and archaeological culture
  • Egyptian written culture
  • Evolutionary theory
  • Graeco-Roman civilisation
  • Human osteology
  • Palaeolithic archaeology
  • Palaeoclimatic change
  • Research skills
  • Upper Palaeolithic art

Fieldwork is an important part of research in archaeology and we have projects based internationally, in Egypt, Greece, Bulgaria, Jordan, Turkey, Italy, Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa, as well as in the British Isles.

Taught master's programmes

We offer a unique breadth of taught master's degrees in Classics and Ancient History, Archaeology (MA or MSc), Human Evolution, Classics and Egyptology.

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 master’s degrees provide intensive training to prepare you for doctoral research and employment.

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.