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Classics and Ancient History, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #152 (QS) Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
The Classics and Ancient History programme from Newcastle University covers a range of classical subjects. It includes material culture and history, language and literature, philosophy and the history of science and medicine. We have strong links with related disciplines such as history, archaeology, and modern languages. We welcome postgraduates in any of our areas of research expertise.
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Overview

The Classics and Ancient History programme from Newcastle University has a long and distinguished international reputation. We deliver quality research and teaching. We have taught Latin and Greek since 1874. We have taught Ancient History since 1910 and Classical Archaeology since 1931.

Our staff include scholars of outstanding international reputation. Our research covers all major aspects of the study of the ancient world.

MPhil and PhD supervision is usually available in:

Ancient history and classical archaeology

  • Archaeology of religion and ritual from the Bronze Age to the early Classical era
  • Greco–Roman religion
  • Greek ethnography
  • Late Classical and Hellenistic periods: Alexander the Great and Hellenistic empires; kingship and royal ideology
  • Contact and interaction between Greeks and non-Greeks
  • The history and archaeology of pre-Roman and Roman Italy
  • The late Roman Republic
  • Institutions of the Roman world
  • The social, economic and cultural history of the Roman Empire
  • Roman Greece
  • Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt
  • The era of the tetrarchy and Constantine
  • Pagan-Christian relations
  • Late Roman/early mediaeval legal history
  • Slavery in the ancient world
  • Greek art and archaeology

Classical language and literature

  • Greek poetry from Homer to the imperial age
  • ‘Presocratic’ and ‘Hippocratic’ writers
  • Greek tragedy, including its reception
  • Ancient didactic poetry
  • Second Sophistic
  • Ancient linguistic thought, especially etymology
  • Greek influence on later literature
  • Greek and Roman music, including harmonic theory; instruments and their place in the development of Greek musical science; music and Graeco-Roman society; the representation of musical instruments.
  • Greek and Roman oratory and rhetoric
  • Cicero: rhetoric, philosophy, politics
  • Latin poetry
  • Literature and religion in Latin epic
  • Time in ancient literature
  • Flavian literature and culture
  • Ancient historiography
  • History of Classical Scholarship
  • Reception of the ancient world

Philosophy and science

  • Ancient philosophy, particularly epistemology and ethics,
  • The exact sciences in Greek and Roman antiquity
  • The history of Greek and Roman medicine
  • Hippocratic medicine and the history of its reception up until the 20th century

You can find a detailed list of classics research areas on our website.

There is a lively research culture in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. We have a seminar programme with contributions from:

  • academic staff
  • postgraduate students 
  • distinguished visiting speakers 

You will have the opportunity to get involved in our student-led Postgraduate Forum. Their activities include publishing an online peer-reviewed journal and organising bi-monthly seminars. At the seminars, students deliver papers to their peers and academic staff. There is also an annual postgraduate conference. Here you can present your research to other regional and national postgraduates and academics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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).

General Requirements

  • A 2:1 honours degree and a merit at Masters level, or international equivalent, in classics or a related subject. We will give specific consideration to any independent research you do as part of your studies.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16500 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4350 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4350 EUR 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.

UK/EA Part time: £2,203.50

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 560 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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