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Classics and Ancient History (On-Campus or By Distance Learning), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #79 (QS) , | Online
The University of Birmingham offer candidates the opportunity to carry out research in a range of areas across the disciplines of Classics and Ancient History (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)

About

The Classics and Ancient History (On-Campus or By Distance Learning) programme at University of Birmingham requires you to prepare a thesis of up to 40,000 words. In contrast the PhD, the most advanced research degree, leads to a thesis of up to 80,000 words. Both programmes will be supported by expert academic supervision.

These degrees have no taught components, but relevant taught modules may be attended by arrangement to develop appropriate research skills; this includes the study of ancient languages. 

The University of Birmingham encourage you to attend conferences on subjects related to your research interests and to participate in our lively interdisciplinary seminar series (some of which are run by our postgraduates). We enable advanced research students to broaden their skills through appropriate training in teaching skills and, where possible, through offering the chance to gain experience in teaching. In addition, our annual postgraduate colloquia provide training in oral presentation skills and the professional dissemination of research within an interdisciplinary environment.

Distance learning

You can study an MA by Research or PhD programme on campus or by distance learning. Please note that if you are studying with us by distance learning, the programme includes a fully-funded annual visit to campus for each full year of your programme (every two years for part-time students).

Careers:

Birmingham's Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology graduates develop a broad range of transferable skills including: familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large quantities of information from diverse sources; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines; critical and analytical ability; the capacity for argument, debate and speculation; and the ability to base conclusions on statistical research.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Ancient Egyptian
  • Languages of the Ancient Near East

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Research starting in January or September is encouraged, but flexible start dates may be available.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    88

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

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    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    59

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • For MRes and MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK.
  • Any academic and professional qualifications or relevant professional experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases, form an integral part of the entrance requirements.

International students

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

  • by holding an English language qualification to the right level
    • by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
    • Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

        17040 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 17040 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
      • EU/EEA Applies to you

        4320 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 4320 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
      UK/EU: £4,320 full-time; £2,160 part-timeInternational: £17,040 full-time; £8,520 part-time

      Living costs for Birmingham

      • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
        Living Costs

      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

      Funding

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