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Classics and Ancient History, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #27 (QS) ,
The PhD is a vital vocational qualification for those planning to pursue an academic career. Further your academic career objectives by making you feel welcome within, and a part of, our dynamic and demanding research culture

About

For all our research students, we seek to:

  • Inspire you to attend and give papers at seminars and conferences
  • Encourage you to undertake a modicum of appropriate undergraduate teaching, with guidance and support throughout

Career opportunities

Recent graduates have gone on to research fellowships, and to part-time and full-time temporary and permanent academic positions in UK and overseas universities including Oxford, UCL, Manchester and Leeds. As a non-vocational qualification, the PhD offers a wealth of highly valued transferable skills, and thus allows students to keep open a very wide range of career options in virtually any branch of professional employment in the public or private sector, including government, commerce, industry or teaching.

In our PhD programme we aim above all to enable and assist the student to produce in three years a dissertation that constitutes a genuine contribution to scholarly knowledge and understanding of the field, and to acquire in so doing an excellent general knowledge of the wider field in question and high competence in relevant languages, ancient and modern, and associated skills, subject-specific and generic.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Recent and current PhD topics include: 

  • Vision, space and time in Lycophron's Alexandra; Commentary on Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica Book 1; 
  • Past and Present in Ovid's Fasti; Commentary on Ovid, Ars Amatoria 2; 
  • Banquet of Death: Alimentary Imagery in Statius' Thebaid; Leadership in Herodotus; Identity in Ammianus Marcellinus; 
  • The Amphiareion at Oropos: Euergetism, Honour and Internal Politics; Retirement in the Roman world; Burial societies in the Roman World; The Language of the Ancient Mediterranean.

Research students in their first year must take our research-training course 'Studying the Ancient World: Techniques and Approaches' and any MA or advanced BA course units recommended by the supervisor.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

  • Academic entry qualification overview
  • Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.
  • English language

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4195 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4195 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • PhD (part-time); UK/EU students (per annum): £2,098

Living costs for Manchester

  • 645 - 1200 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

British and EU students intending to take a research degree (MPhil or PhD) in the School are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and may be eligible to apply to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). AHRC and ESRC grants are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students. 

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