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Durham University

12 months
24000 GBP/year
10800 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Classics MA course offered by Durham University is our core research training degree, suitable for anyone wishing to pursue doctoral work in a branch of Classics.


The Classics MA course offered by Durham University places a strong emphasis on language training, on theoretically informed approaches to Classical texts, and on practical engagement with your chosen specialism. 

The programme

The MA in Classics is principally conceived as a research training course, which aims to build on the skills in independent learning acquired in the course of the student’s first degree and enable them to undertake fully independent research at a higher level. Contact time with tutors for taught modules is typically a total of 5 hours per week (rising to 7 for someone beginning Latin or ancient Greek at this level), with an emphasis on small group teaching, and a structure that maximises the value of this time, and best encourages and focuses the student’s own independent study and preparation. On average, around 2 hours a week of other relevant academic contact (research seminars, dissertation supervision) is also available.

At the heart of the course is the Dissertation module, in which students write a 15,000 word dissertation of a research topic of their own devising. Core research training and support for students’ dissertation research is provided through the Dissertation seminars. These are weekly classes which in the first term introduce the range of research methods and resources available to someone working in the field of Classics, and over the year build the research skills needed for the dissertation. The classes comprise a mixture of lectures, student-led discussions and student presentations, and are tailored to the individual research interests of each cohort. In addition, students are matched with an individual Dissertation supervisor, who will be an expert in their field of interest, and from whom they will receive an additional five hours of individual dissertation supervision over the year.

Programme Structure

Core modules:

  • Language module in an ancient or modern language relevant to research in the area of Classics
  • Dissertation

Examples of optional modules:

  • Akkadian
    • Ancient Philosophers on Origins
    • Animals in Graeco-Roman Antiquity
    • Aristotle’s Systems
    • Dreams in the Ancient World
    • Forms After Plato
    • Latin Love Elegy
    • Law and Literature in Ancient Greece and Rome
    • Greeks and the East
    • Monumental Architecture of the Roman East
    • Religious Life in The Roman Near East

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 12 months
    • Part-time
      • 24 months
      • Flexible

    Start dates & application deadlines


    180 alternative credits


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    GPA admission requirements GPA
    Upper Second Class

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    Subject requirements, level and grade

    • A 2.1 honours degree in a relevant subject or international equivalent.
    • Since all postgraduate degrees are meant to build on your undergraduate work, we ask for a previous degree in a 'relevant' subject. For the MA programme in Ancient Philosophy, you must have studied this field at the highest level of your undergraduate course.

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      24000 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 24000 GBP per year during 12 months.
    • National

      10800 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 10800 GBP per year during 12 months.

    Part Time Fees

    • EU students: £5,940  per year
    • Island students students: £13,200 per year

    Living costs for Durham

    660 - 1140 GBP /month
    Living costs

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


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