MA Classical Reception

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This programme has been discontinued

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This innovative programme enables you to engage with the different ways in which the classical past, and its literature, art and ideas, have been received and appropriated in the post-classical world. Bristol has been at the forefront of classical reception studies for more than 20 years, and we offer a broad, theoretically-informed approach to the subject, to help you develop the skills and knowledge necessary for interdisciplinary studies. You will be encouraged to reflect on reception theories and methodologies and to consider the ways in which classical material is reinterpreted in different contexts. You will also develop a solid foundation in new disciplinary areas linked to your own research interests, such as history of art or film theory.

As a postgraduate student, you will play a key role in our vibrant research culture. The department holds a fortnightly research seminar, which regularly focuses on reception-related topics; the faculty’s research body, the Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition, organises seminars and conferences throughout the year; and you are also encouraged to attend relevant seminars and lectures in other departments.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages for funding and studentship opportunities.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core Units

First Semester

  • Research Methods
  • Theories and Approaches
  • Two optional units

Second Semester

  • Research Methods
  • Two optional units

You may take up to two optional units in other disciplines. Please note that optional units can vary each year.


Starting in the second semester under the guidance of a subject expert, you will research a subject of your choice and submit a dissertation of around 15,000 words.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent). Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered. For information on international equivalent qualifications, please see

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Students who have completed the MA programme in Classical Reception have gone on to careers in teaching, media and publishing, cultural management and journalism.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 29% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 48% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 23% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 0% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 8458 Email:

Faculty of Arts
University of Bristol
7 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB


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