PostgraduateClassics and Ancient History

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  • The MRes in Classics and Ancient History programme offers excellent supervision and support, working alongside leading subject specialists.

  • you will engage with a broad range of research methods, including some of the most influential theoretical positions and methodologies in classical scholarship and academic enquiry.
  • The intensive research training on offer is complemented by our innovative approach to assessment, including the opportunity to write an article following the guidelines for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

Summary

On this course, you will gain substantial research experience, working alongside our leading subject specialists. You will engage with a broad range of research methods, including some of the most influential theoretical positions and methodologies in classical scholarship and academic enquiry. You will improve your knowledge of ancient languages. You will experience an approach to assessment which spans both ‘traditional’ assignments and innovative forms including authoring an article.

This research-focused programme is designed to enhance the abilities of classics and ancient history students to conduct research at a high intellectual, methodological and theoretical level. You will receive training and guidance on conducting a piece of original research and its written presentation from a specialist in your area of interest on the programme team. The course will offer focused preparation for doctoral research. It will also present specific preparation for a range of professional careers that require highly-developed research and writing skills. 

As part of the intensive research training on offer, you will engage critically and creatively with classical texts, objects and images, and with their reception in later periods of history. The knowledge and experience of working with a variety of media will underlie your own original and innovative studies of the classical past. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to receive focused instruction in relevant subject areas for example epigraphy, numismatics and material culture. To bolster further your classical research skills, we offer tuition in both Latin and Ancient Greek, knowledge of which underpins a successful career in classical academia. As well as developing your practical research skills, the course will provide a deep understanding of the theoretical concepts that inform academic enquiry in classics and ancient history. Using your improved knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the research methods, you will be in a position to contribute to the national and international research profile of classical studies at Roehampton and to take advantage of opportunities for co-operation and collaboration in the UK and beyond.

 

The MRes in Classics and Ancient History is a research-focused programme that aims to enhance the abilities of students to conduct research at a high intellectual, methodological and theoretical level by guiding them through a substantial piece of their own original research and its written presentation. Two taught courses complement the individual research project, one on approaches to research into the ancient world, the other one in ancient Greek or Latin, depending on the previous language knowledge of each student.

The programme provides the opportunity to complete an extensive research project on a topic of particular interest within one year FT or PT equivalent. It offers focused preparation for doctoral research and it will present specific preparation for a range of professional careers that require highly developed research and writing skills. 

 

Here are some examples of modules you may study as part of this course:

Compulsory modules
Researching Antiquity
Research Project

Language modules
Beginners' Latin
Intermediate Latin
Beginners' Ancient Greek
Intermediate Ancient Greek
Classical Languages: Special Author

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Dr Charlotte Behr

Religion in the Roman Empire; Romanisation in the provinces; the impact of the Roman Empire beyond its borders; late Roman material and iconographical evidence.

Professor Susan Deacy

Ancient Greek deities, myth, religion and gender; disability studies especially autism and classical mythology; 18th-century classical receptions; classical reception in children’s and Young Adult literature

Professor Marco Fantuzzi

Sexuality, love and gender in ancient Greek and Latin culture and literature; ancient Greek and Latin metrics; ancient Greek epic poetry and the novel; Hellenistic poetry.

Dr Marta García Morcillo

Roman economy, Roman art and prestige markets; the reception of antiquity in modern visual cultures including in cinema.

Dr Shushma Malik

Roman imperial historiography; Roman emperors in the classical tradition; 19th-century classical receptions, including in Oscar Wilde.

Professor Fiona McHardy

Revenge and gendered violence in ancient Greek literature and culture; and the same topics in modern Greek literature and culture. .

Dr Kathryn Tempest

Ancient oratory and rhetoric; Latin language and literature; and the political history of the late Roman Republic, including Brutus and Cicero.

As a research-focused programme, which also requires students to build up their competence in language study, the programme trains students in skills that are vital for doctoral-level research and academic careers. 

This course is also preparation for a range of professional careers that require highly developed research and writing skills. They include careers in museums, schools, heritage sites and specialist publishing as well as in the media, in archives and libraries or the civil service.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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