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Undertaking doctoral research allows you to develop in-depth knowledge, while making a meaningful contribution to your chosen field.
With guidance from our expert supervisors, you'll carry out extensive independent research culminating in a thesis of up to 100,000 words. Broadly speaking the area covered by the Institute’s expertise is social, religious and economic history of the Roman world; ancient literacy; the ancient book; cultural identity in the ancient world; and. digital classics
This degree presents the opportunity to gain expertise in your area of interest while also honing a range of transferable skills. On completing this course, you'll be well prepared for specialist career paths both within academia and beyond.
Subject Areas and Supervision
The Institute of Classical Studies offers doctoral research supervision in broad areas of classics and ancient history including:
- Digital editing of inscriptions, papyri or manuscripts
- Digital approaches to prosopography, onomastics or geography
- Impact of digital methodologies on classical scholarship or teaching
It is possible to arrange co-supervision with particular experts in the Colleges of the University of London, and, on occasion, with experts from institutions outside the University of London (for example, the British Library, the British Museum or other higher education institutions). In cases where it is more appropriate for MPhil/PhD students to be registered at a College of the University, the Institute is happy to offer informal advice.
Before submitting an application you are advised to contact a member of the ICS academic staff who has interests in your proposed field of study to discuss your proposal. A list of academic staff and their interests can be found here.