MA in Classical Studies

The revised MA in Classical Studies, launched in 2014, is a two-year qualification and consists of a 60-credit MA Part 1, designed to develop key skills in working with a range of sources across Classical Studies, and a 120-credit Part 2 module with a Subject and a Dissertation Section. The Subject Section of the MA Part 2 focuses on the body in the ancient world and, by further consolidating your research skills from an interdisciplinary perspective, it will gradually prepare you for your own independent study project in the dissertation.

Entry requirements:

Please consult our MA entry advice page.


This MA is eligible for the new postgraduate loans available to students in England who have not previously obtained a Master’s or higher level degree and who are aged under 60: more details are available here.

Taster materials:

Taster materials for both modules are freely available on OpenLearn. The Library of Alexandria (from MA part 1) addresses one of the central questions of our MA foundation unit: how do we know what we know about antiquity? The Body in Antiquity (from MA part 2) introduces the body in Greek and Roman civilisation. These will give you an idea of both the content and the style of our online teaching.

You can also watch our short introductory video on the MA in Classical Studies:

MA student voices:

Find out what some of our recent students enjoyed most about their MA study:

A transcript is available for this video.

You can also find out more about what is going on in Classical Studies on our blog, where articles by recent MA graduates include John Teller’s reflections on his MA experiencePaul Found’s piece on how studying our MA helped him in his teaching career, and Flora Stagg’s comments on what it’s like to be an MA student in Classical Studies at the OU.

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