University of Kent – Rome School of Classical and Renaissance Studies

Kent’s Rome School of Classical and Renaissance Studies is a specialist postgraduate centre. Study one of our Master's degrees, all taught in English,  in ancient history, art history, Roman history and archaeology, spending your spring term in Rome studying subjects that capitalise on the city's heritage and culture

Master's Programmes



As the UK's European university, Kent has offered postgraduate study at its European Centres for over 20 years.  The Rome School of Classical and Renaissance Studies opened in 2013 and builds on Kent's experience in offering unique dual-location Master's degrees.


Students begin their one-year MA in the world heritage city of Canterbury and relocate in the spring term to The American University of Rome, where the Kent programmes are hosted at their lovely campus atop the Janiculum Hill.

The programmes are taught entirely in English, with the possibility to develop language skills in Latin, Greek, and Italian during both the autumn term in Canterbury, and the spring term in Rome.

Visits to sites in Rome are included in all core modules and assessments reflect the additional resources available to Kent students in Rome.


Kent has an excellent postgraduate employability record: 97% of Kent's 2017 postgraduates  had found a job, or were going on to further studies. Some of our Rome alumni choose to continue their studies at doctoral level, while others have gone on to work in museums, galleries, higher education institutions, charities and the civil service.

Whatever your career goal you will graduate with an impressive portfolio of skills, specialist knowledge and practical experience to help you succeed in a competitive job market.

By living and studying overseas you have shown potential employers that you are independently minded, ambitious and confident, all attributes graduate employers look for.

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Housing services

During your first term in Canterbury and, if you return to Canterbury for the summer term, you can live in campus accommodation.

In Rome, we can offer helpful advice and details of past contacts as you start to look for a place to live. Options include living with a host family, renting privately and recently, many of our students have found accommodation through Airbnb. We recommend you start looking early, that way you can view potential properties on the School autumn term trip to Rome.

When you begin your studies in the autumn term, you are given a handbook which includes information about finding accommodation in Rome, as well as details of local transport and other useful facts about living in Rome.

Library services

  • American University of Rome

  • Library of Archaeology and Art History

  • British School at Rome

  • American Academy

  • Finnish and Norwegian Institutes

  • Templeman 

  • Canterbury Cathedral Library

  • other libraries in Canterbury and Rome

ICT services

At the American University of Rome, where your studies are based, lecture rooms are based in a former monastery and there are gardens and terraces where you can relax with friends between lectures. The well-stocked library has designated areas for group work, computer and reading rooms, and offers access to online databases as well as the vast network of Rome's libraries.

Medical services

In Rome and throughout Italy, pharmacies are marked with a red or green neon cross sign. There is a rotation system for nights and holidays and each pharmacy lists the closest open pharmacy. In Italian pharmacies you can find over-the-counter medicine for minor illnesses like colds and pains. The inventory is generally limited to pharmaceutical and personal hygiene products.

Student Life

Campus life

Our Rome postgraduate centre is based at The American University of Rome (founded 1969), which teaches subjects including Archaeology, Classics, and Cultural Heritage. The main campus is formed of two buildings, an auditorium and a spacious garden.

  • Evans Hall
  • Computer labs
  • Auriana Auditorium

Surrounding the campus are a range of amenities including restaurants, shops, cafes and an outdoor market.

Student clubs

Kent's Graduate School works closely with the Kent Graduate Student Association (KGSA) and postgraduate student representatives on initiatives and student-driven activities co-ordinated through the KGSA.  In addition Kent Union represents all Kent students and runs a wide range of societies as well as offering practical advice and help.


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