The Classical Mediterranean
This interdisciplinary MA programme provides an exciting and challenging forum for tracing, debating and interpreting the archaeology and history of the Classical Mediterranean world across the Greek and Roman periods, as well as investigating its reception in the modern world. Available as a one-year full time course, or part time over two years, it will equip students with the skills needed to develop their career trajectories, whether they aim to go on to conduct doctoral research in Archaeology or Ancient History (or both!) or seek to become professionals in archaeology or in museum contexts or elsewhere.
The programme moves away from traditional approaches and narratives to question how we reconstruct the classical past, to identify the interplay between different types of source material, and to interrogate our perceptions of ancient societies across the Mediterranean. Key is our interdisciplinary approach, drawing from both history and archaeology. The programme equips students to work with different classical sources in combination, including literary texts, epigraphy, material culture, landscape studies, architecture, and visual art.
The School features a high concentration of relevant staff expertise and specialisms exceptional in Britain, ranging across the classical world, including Italy, North Africa, the Aegean, Anatolia and Syria, offering students a coherent perspective of the whole Mediterranean. Students can choose to specialise in Greek, Roman, or Near Eastern subjects or to take a broader pan-Mediterranean view. Few comparable MA programmes exist in Britain. See our brochure here.
Our blend of expertise and innovative approaches will ensure critical engagement with the extant evidence, and will provide detailed grounding in research skills via the taught modules. Students take two core modules and two option modules (each 30 credits); they then undertake a dissertation (60 credits); there may also be scope to take a 90-credit dissertation plus three modules (inlcuding the two core modules).
Core modules comprise:
- Text and Material Culture - This module will familiarise students with the wide range of source material available for the study of classical antiquity. Students will explore the potential challenges and opportunities of working with different types of source material, and develop skills to work in an interdisciplinary way. Students can tailor the course to learn more about own particular areas of interest within the classical world, applying interdisciplinary approaches as they do so.
- Encountering the Classical World - This module challenges the way we approach classical antiquity, introducing current theoretical and methodological debates in the fields of ancient history and classical archaeology. Students will again be able to focus on their own particular areas of interest within the classical world.
Options modules currently available include:
- Conflict, Warfare and Violence in Antiquity; A Social Economy of the Roman Empire; Rome and the Greek East; Houses, Households and Domestic Life in the Ancient World; Sparta in the Mediterranean World; North Africa and the end of Antiquity; Early Christian Europe
Applicants will normally possess a good first degree, upper second class or higher in Archaeology or the equivalent for overseas or European applicants. International/ EU students must have a level of English proficiency of 6.5 IELTS or 600 TOEFL.
The 120-credit Diploma comprises four modules, but omits the dissertation. The Diploma is available both as campus-based and by distance learning.
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