Ph.D. On Campus

Classics and Ancient History

Newcastle University

36 months
18000 EUR/year
4407 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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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.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree and a Master's degree at Merit level, or international equivalent, in a related subject. We will give specific consideration to any independent research you do as part of your studies and/or appropriate professional experience.

You must submit two letters of recommendation (obligatory) and a writing sample, such as a chapter from an MA dissertation or a published paper (optional).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18000 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4407 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4407 EUR per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 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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