The Classical Mediterranean MA/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate
Duration and mode of study
Two years by distance learning. This course is also available via campus-based study.
February, June or October each year.
Normally an upper second class (2.1) honours degree in Archaeology, Ancient History, Classical Studies or a cognate subject with appropriate archaeological content, or its equivalent. Individual cases where the applicant has a minimum of five years’ professional experience in an appropriate field will be considered on their merits. Bridging modules are also offered for those graduates without a suitable first degree.
These are the total course fees. Please note that the fees for our distance learning programmes are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.
October 2013, February 2014 and June 2014
This course is designed for those seeking to become researchers in Archaeology and/or Ancient History, or to enhance their professional careers in archaeology, classical studies, museum or related contexts, as well as for existing professionals in heritage or related fields who have a particular interest in this area. Geographically, coverage within the School extends fully from southern Gaul to North Africa and Syria to enable coherent analysis of the whole Mediterranean. With many ancient historians as well as classical archaeologists among our staff we are uniquely placed to explore this material. Students also study the theoretical implications of text and material culture in a variety of contexts and methodologies available from other forms of historical archaeology.
The course seeks to question the ways in which the classical past may be reconstructed, to identify the interplay and debate between sources (physical and written), and to interrogate current understandings and perceptions of Greek to Roman societies across the span of the Mediterranean.
- Doing Historical Archaeology
- Encountering the Classical World (field-based)
- Households and Domesticity in the Ancient World
- Classical Landscapes
- Dissertation (for students studying for the award of MA)
Teaching and assessment methods
All modules are delivered by distance learning, but Encountering the Classical World also requires one-week’s attendance on a field school at a major site in the Mediterranean. Each module is assessed by at least two pieces of written work. Master’s students write a 15,000-word dissertation. Postgraduate Certificates in Classical Mediterranean Studies can be gained by taking two modules.