Classics and Ancient HistoryFind a programme
|Run by||Faculty of Arts|
|Awards available||PhD, MPhil|
MPhil: one year full-time;
two years part-time
PhD: three years full-time;
six years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
The PhD can be studied via distance learning. The MPhil will be offered via distance learning from September 2021.
MPhil: a standalone, one-year (full-time) research degree. Students will undertake their own research project, concluding in the submission of a 25,000 word dissertation. Students may have the option to audit units from our taught master's programmes if they are relevant to their research.
PhD: a research project undertaken across three years (full-time, plus a writing up period), culminating in an 80,000 word thesis. As well as having the option to audit taught units, there may be the potential for PhD students to teach units themselves from their second year of study onwards.
The Department of Classics and Ancient History has an international reputation for outstanding and innovative research. We are particularly well known for reception studies, which we pioneered in Britain, and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of antiquity. As a research student, you will be a member of a thriving and dynamic community.
Fees for 2021/22
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:
- UK: full-time
- UK: part-time
- Overseas (including EU): full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2021/22
The University of Bristol is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), which will be offering studentships for September 2020. For information on other funding opportunities, please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
MPhil: An upper second-class degree or international equivalent. Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of your readiness to pursue a research degree.
PhD: A master's qualification, or be working towards a master's qualification, or international equivalent. Applicants without a master's qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent). Applicants with a non-traditional background may be considered provided they can demonstrate substantial equivalent and relevant experience that has prepared them to undertake their proposed course of study.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Members of the department carry out research across the whole range of classical studies: Greek and Latin literature, ancient history and historiography, visual culture, philosophy and reception. Our work is characterised by a particular focus on interdisciplinary approaches and theoretical questions, and by an interest in the globalisation of classics.
A special resource is the Bristol Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition, which provides a focus for collaborative and interdisciplinary work and support for conferences and other research activities. The institute encompasses research from many fields, including history, art history, archaeology, literary studies and philosophy, with a particular interest in exploring links between the ancient and modern worlds.
Individual members of staff are involved with research groups across the faculty and University, such as medieval studies, early modern studies, colonialism and the Cabot Institute for the Environment. They have run Faculty of Arts research clusters on topics such as ‘The Embodied Mind’ and ‘Tragedy’. Members of the department currently hold, and have recently held, major research fellowships from the Alan Turing Institute, the Leverhulme Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
All research students attend a core unit on Theories and Approaches in their first year or two, as well as training run by the School of Humanities and the fortnightly departmental seminar.
A large number of graduates from this programme develop careers in higher education or work on high-level research projects in the field of classics and ancient history; some graduates go on to careers in museum education and journalism.
Dr Lyndsay Coo, (Lecturer), Ancient Greek tragedy, with particular focus on Sophocles; the representation of women (particularly sisters) in Athenian tragedy; Troy and the Trojan War in ancient thought and literature.
Professor Esther Eidinow, (Professor of Ancient History), Ancient Greek social and cultural history, esp. religion and magic; cognitive humanities; historiography, esp. Herodotus and Thucydides; history of emotions; myth
Professor Patrick Finglass, (Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek), Greek language and literature generally; Greek tragedy; Lyric poetry
Dr Shelley Hales, (Senior Lecturer), Ancient art and its reception; reception of Pompeii; Roman cultural history; Roman provincial identities.
Dr Laura Jansen, (Lecturer), classical tradition and its reception in the 20th century; classics and comparative literature; Latin literature; paratextuality
Dr Silke Knippschild, (Senior Lecturer), classical reception; Greek and Ancient Near Eastern history and visual culture.
Dr Kurt Lampe, (Senior Lecturer), ancient philosophy; Greek poetry; modern continental philosophy; reception of classical antiquity
Dr Genevieve Liveley, (Senior Lecturer), Augustan literature; critical theory; gender theory; narratology; the classical tradition.
Dr Pantelis Michelakis, (Reader), critical theory; cultural transmission; Greek literature and theatre, especially tragedy,; the classical tradition
Professor Nicoletta Momigliano, (Reader), Aegean prehistory; classical reception; history of Aegean Bronze Age scholarship
Dr Ellen O'Gorman, (Senior Lecturer), Latin poetry and prose literature, especially Neronian, Flavian and Trajanic; Roman historiography and its reception in political thought; theories of ideology and reading, especially psychoanalysis.
Dr Isabella Sandwell, (Senior Lecturer), early Christianity; late antiquity; Roman religion.
Dr Vanda Zajko, (Reader), feminist theory; psychoanalysis; the reception of classical myth and literature, particularly in the 20th century.
January 2021 start: 2 December 2020
September 2021 start: 2 August 2021
January 2022 start: 1 December 2021
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REF 2014 results
- 29% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 48% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 23% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.