Classics and Ancient History

The University of Manchester

Ph.D. On Campus
36 months
19500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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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. The Classics and Ancient History program is offered by The University of Manchester .


For all our research Classics and Ancient History students from The University of Manchester, 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.

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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

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

    19500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.


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