MA Ancient History and Classical Culture

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 1Yr FT
    MA 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview


The MA in Ancient History and Classical Culture offers a wide range of modules on the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, drawing on the expertise of internationally recognised scholars.

Key Features

Every aspect of the modern world has its roots in the civilisations of the Classical world. This MA allows students to study a range of topics related to the history and culture of the classical world, from the Mycenaean world to the later Roman Empire. The range of options allows students to specialise in history or literature, or to combine study of the two. 

Students are encouraged to develop a methodological awareness and are introduced to key concepts and interpretative techniques that shape the study of the ancient civilisations in the modern world. This programme develops research skills needed for high-level work in any field of Ancient History and Classical Civilisation. 

Students have the opportunity to study ancient Greek or Latin. 

The College of Arts and Humanities has a Graduate Centre. The Graduate Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates participation in seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

Have a look at the History and Classics blog for news and further information.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules  

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must take the module below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CL-M08Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Research Methodologies in Ancient History

MA 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules  

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must take the module below

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CL-M08Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Research Methodologies in Ancient History
Compulsory Modules Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select 40 credits of either Greek or Latin, this may occur in Year 1 OR Year 2, but all 40 credits must be taken during the same Academic Year. Select one module in TB1, and the appropriate co-requisite in TB 2 based on previous ability

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CL-M10ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Beginning Greek I
CL-M11ASemester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Beginning Greek II
CL-M12ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Beginning Latin I
CL-M13ASemester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Beginning Latin II
CL-M26Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek Texts 1
CL-M27Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Greek Texts 2
CL-M28Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Latin Texts 1
CL-M29Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Latin Texts 2
CL-M52ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Intermediate Greek 1
CL-M53ASemester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Intermediate Greek 2
CL-M54ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Further Greek 1
CL-M55ASemester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Further Greek 2
CL-M56ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Intermediate Latin 1
CL-M57ASemester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Intermediate Latin 2
CL-M58ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Further Latin 1
CL-M59ASemester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Further Latin 2
Optional module choices 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select up to one module in TB1; select up to two modules in TB2

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CL-M100Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Roman houses and households
CL-M19Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Being Greek under Rome: Greek literature and culture in the Imperial Period
CL-M35Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Royal Space: The King and His Palace in the Ancient World
CL-M49Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Romance Refracted and novels renewed
CL-M76Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Explorers, Travel and Geography in the Ancient World
CL-M77Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Reaching the Public: Museums and Object Handling
CL-M78Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Saints and Sinners in Christian Late Antiquity
CL-M82Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Magic in the Ancient World: Exploring the Sources
CL-M91Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Archaeology and Topography of Ancient Rome
MLGM72Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Academic German


The full-time course structure is split across the year with three modules offered in each academic semester (a total of six modules in part one) and then a dissertation over the summer (part two). Students study one compulsory module, plus two modules of a language and three optional modules. The dissertation component is written on a specialist research topic of your choosing.

Part-time students take one compulsory module, a language and an optional module in the first and second years and write their dissertation in the third year.

Entry Requirements

The typical entry requirement is a first degree in Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, Classics or a relevant discipline.  Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5.

How To Apply

Applying Online is the quickest way to apply and receive a decision on your application. You can upload your documents via the online system which will enable us to make a faster decision on your application.

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £6,800 £15,100
MA Part-time £2,250 £5,050

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the programme do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Student Quote

"I studied the BA Ancient History and then the MA in Ancient History and Classical Culture. I chose Swansea University because of the variety of courses on offer in Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology. During my study I immersed myself in both academic and extra-curricular student life. I took up archery and I was a regular member of the University archery team. I enjoy both reading and writing fiction and in my final year of study, I was selected as one of four finalists in the “Swansea Life Young Writing Category” of the “Dylan Thomas Prize”. I held several positions of responsibility in the Society of Ancient Studies which was amazing; and I organised social events such as visits to sites such as Hadrian’s Wall, the British Museum, Caerleon, and Rome. I also had the opportunity to work on the Church Hill archaeological excavation (a suspected Roman villa) and the excavation at Oystermouth Castle organised jointly by the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust. I thoroughly enjoyed my four years at Swansea."

Shaun Mudd

Ancient History