MA Classics and Ancient History

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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

The Department of Classics and Ancient History, world-renowned for its trailblazing approach to the discipline, offers the opportunity for study in myth, literature and art from the Bronze Age to the modernists, and approaches to the past from economic and social history to the study of historiography. Within this programme you can choose a course of study that matches your research interests. Whichever you choose, you will enhance and develop your skills and knowledge in Greek and Roman cultures and their impact through the ages.

You may use the MA programme to explore new areas and disciplines, or to gain a firm grounding in the traditional skills of the classicist or ancient historian. We are also unique in that we offer our MA students the opportunity to study both Latin and Greek languages at any level, from beginner to advanced.

As a postgraduate student, you will play a key role in our vibrant research culture. The department holds a fortnightly research seminar, which explores classical antiquity and its reception, while the faculty's research body, the Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition, organises seminars and conferences throughout the year. 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

Please note, optional units can vary each year

First Semester

  • Research Methods
  • Theories and Approaches
  • Two optional units

Second Semester

  • Research Methods
  • Two optional units


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.

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 Classics and Ancient History have gone into careers as history teachers, museum education officers, historical buildings inspectors and property managers.

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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