Archaeology of the Roman World
This interdisciplinary MA provides a unique and exciting programme for understanding the archaeology and history of the Roman Empire in the wider context of its neighbouring societies. No comparable interdisciplinary MA programme exists in Britain.
This course is 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 or seek to become professionals in archaeology, the Heritage sector or elsewhere.
The course explores innovative theory, crossing the traditional boundaries between Roman Studies and Prehistory, between centre and periphery, between Archaeology and Ancient History, and between classical and modern historical approaches. You will not be confined to selected geographical areas within the Empire or to certain methodologies. The programme is taught by a School that features a concentration of relevant staff expertise and specialisms exceptional in Britain. See our course brochure.
Course Structure and Modules
The blend of approaches offered at Leicester will provide detailed grounding in research skills, extensive analysis of settlement and cultural systems, plus a choice of options to help specialise in key aspects of Roman studies. The MA comprises four 30 credit modules plus a 60 credit dissertation; two modules are taken per semester and the dissertation follows completion of these (Part-time students will take two modules each year, beginning with the core modules). The core modules comprise:
- Theory and Method in Roman Studies - An integrated introduction to current theoretical debate for archaeologists and ancient historians alike, covering material culture, sources and research skills
- Rome and its Neighbours - Exploring the economic, social, political, cultural and religious developments and interaction between the provinces of the Empire and between Rome and the powers beyond
The current range of option modules include:
- Conflict, Warfare and Violence in Antiquity; Ceramics; Greco-Roman Landscapes; Britain in the Roman Empire; 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 option is identically structured to the Masters course above, but omits the dissertation.
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