University of Leicester

Archaeology and Ancient History

The Classical Mediterranean MA/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate


Leicester, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA, PgDip/ PgCert

Format: Online

Program Description:

Course aims This course is designed for those seeking to become researchers in Archaeology and/or Ancient History, or to enhance their professional careers in archaeology, classical studies, museum or related contexts, as well as for existing professionals in heritage or related fields who have a particular interest in this area. Geographically, coverage within the School extends fully from southern Gaul to North Africa and Syria to enable coherent analysis of the whole Mediterranean. With many ancient historians as well as classical archaeologists among our staff we are uniquely placed to explore this material. Students also study the theoretical implications of text and material culture in a variety of contexts and methodologies available from other forms of historical archaeology. The course seeks to question the ways in which the classical past may be reconstructed, to identify the interplay and debate between sources (physical and written), and to interrogate current understandings and perceptions of Greek to Roman societies across the span of the Mediterranean. Course modules Doing Historical Archaeology Encountering the Classical World (field-based) Households and Domesticity in the Ancient World Classical Landscapes Dissertation (for students studying for the award of MA) Teaching and assessment methods All modules are delivered by distance learning, but Encountering the Classical World also requires one-week’s attendance on a field school at a major site in the Mediterranean. Each module is assessed by at least two pieces of written work. Master’s students write a 15,000-word dissertation. Postgraduate Certificates in Classical Mediterranean Studies can be gained by taking two modules.


University of Leicester

International Student Requirements:

Normally an upper second class (2.1) honours degree in Archaeology, Ancient History, Classical Studies or a cognate subject with appropriate archaeological content, or its equivalent. Individual cases where the applicant has a minimum of five years’ professional experience in an appropriate field will be considered on their merits. Bridging modules are also offered for those graduates without a suitable first degree.

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Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

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