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Greek and Roman Studies, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #262 (BCR) Victoria, Canada
The Department of Greek and Roman Studies is committed to the exploration, elaboration, and preservation of the cultures of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds as the foundation of its doctoral program. 
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 The goal of the program is to prepare classicists who will produce new contributions to our discipline and who will be able to bring knowledge of the cultures of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds into a productive dialogue with contemporary issues and concerns. 

Students will provide evidence of critical engagement with relevant scholarship, demonstrate proficiency in ancient Greek and Latin and two modern languages other than English, and complete a doctoral dissertation that constitutes an original contribution to the field. 

Students will be provided with opportunities to learn the most effective teaching methods and will also begin to establish themselves as professionals by delivering papers at conferences and through travel as necessary for their research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

In addition to the traditional classical sub-disciplines of Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and Classical Languages and Literature, the Department offers four core thematic research areas: 

  •  Interconnectivity in the Ancient Mediterranean; 
  • Technology in the Ancient World; 
  •  Social and Economic History; 
  •  Gender and Identity Studies.

Courses include

  • Readings
  • Archaeological Methods and Theory 
  • Topical Fields
  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum GPA of 7.0 (or equivalent) in their Master’s program, to have strong letters of reference, to present a clear statement of research interests, and to submit an example of scholarly work.

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

  • Applicants are normally required to hold a BA and MA degree in one of the several areas of ancient Greek and Roman Studies, and are expected to have focused experience in the area relevant to their intended topic of research and appropriate command of the ancient languages of Greek and Latin. Students will be evaluated in accordance with these criteria on a case-by-case basis at admission by the Departmental Graduate Committee.
  • Students entering the PhD Program with an MA may, if deficient in some respect, be required to take and pass with at least a B+ (6.0) one or more of the courses prescribed for the University of Victoria MA in Greek and Roman Studies while enrolled in the PhD program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4782 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2391 CAD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    3866 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1933 CAD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Victoria

  • 1490 - 2100 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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


The University of Victoria currently offers a series of Fellowships and Awards from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 at the PhD level, most of which are renewable subject to a minimum grade-point average of 7.0 on a 9.0 scale. The University also offers Academic Income Supplements to a maximum of $6,000 which entail “academically-related employment” such working as a Teaching Assistant. 

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