There are three requirements for successfully taking the Classical Studies MA:
One good way to get up to speed with MA-level work and to enhance your research skills is to take the free online course Succeeding in postgraduate study. A sample from the first part of the MA, on the Library of Alexandria, is available on OpenLearn, and this will give you a sense of how online learning works. Alternatively, taking relevant evening classes or MOOCs may help you to ensure you have enough background knowledge to take this MA. A new, free, 6-week MOOC produced by one of the MA course team will be available starting 6 February 2017 and again from 5 June 2017; its topic is ‘Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World’.
The MA consists of a 60-credit foundation module and a 120 credit module comprising the subject module and the dissertation.
Here are some further suggestions of how to ensure that you are ready for MA level work:
If it is a long time since you worked on classical studies, or if you are relatively new to the subject, you may find useful:
On classical literature:
Allan, William (2014) Classical Literature: A very short introduction, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Beard, M. and Henderson, J. (2000) Classics: A very short introduction, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Hall, E. (2014) Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age seafarers to navigators of the Western mind, London, Bodley Head.
Pelling, C. and Wyke, M. (eds) (2014) Twelve Voices from Greece and Rome: Ancient ideas for modern times, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
On ancient history:
Boatwright, Mary T., Daniel J. Gargola, and Richard J. A. Talbert (2004) The Romans: From village to empire, New York and Oxford, Oxford Univ. Press
Cartledge, P. (2011) Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford and New York, Oxford Univ. Press
Goodman, M. (1997) The Roman world, 44 BC–AD 180, London and New York, Routledge
Hornblower, S. (2011) The Greek World 479-323 BC, London and New York, Routledge
Kelly, C. (2006) The Roman Empire: A very short introduction, Oxford and New York, Oxford Univ. Press
Martin, T.R. (1996) Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times, New Haven & London, Yale University Press
Potter, D. (2009) Ancient Rome: A new history. New York: Thames & Hudson.
Treggiari, S. (2002) Roman Social History, London and New York, Routledge
While knowledge of the Greek or Latin language is not necessary for the MA, knowledge of elementary Greek or Latin might be valuable for later work, especially for the dissertation (depending on your choice of topic).
The following websites provide an introduction to the ancient Greek and Latin languages:
If you have not previously studied ancient material culture, you could read:
Alcock, S. E. and Osborne, R. (2012) Classical Archaeology, 2nd edition, Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell.
or Greene, K. (2010) Archaeology: An Introduction, 5th edition, London, Routledge.
If you have not previously studied classical reception, you could read:
Hardwick, L. (2004) Translating words, Translating Cultures, Classical Inter/Faces, London, U.K., Duckworth.
To get a flavour of the interdisciplinary nature of classical studies, and of current research in the discipline, visit Classics Confidential.
The focus of this module is the interdisciplinary study of the body in antiquity. Here we would recommend the following:
Garrison, D. H. (ed.). (2010). A Cultural History of the Human Body in Antiquity. New York, Berg.
Foxhall, L. (2013). Studying Gender in Classical Antiquity. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Montserrat, D. (ed.). (1998). Changing Bodies, Changing Meanings. Studies on the Human Body in Antiquity. London, Routledge.
Robb, J. and Harris, O.J.T. (2013). The Body in History: Europe from the palaeolithic to the future, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Squire, M. (2011). The Art of the Body: antiquity and its legacy, London, I.B. Tauris and Co.