Classics and Ancient History PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning
We offer promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in a range of areas across the disciplines of Classics and Ancient History (including Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Egyptology). Subject to programme requirements, you can also learn or improve your knowledge of Classical and Byzantine Greek, Latin, Greek, Ancient Egyptian, and the languages of the Ancient Near East.
Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham has been ranked among the top five Russell Group departments of Classics in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision. You can study for an MA by Research on campus
The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff.
You can study an MA by Research or PhD programme on campus or by distance learning. Please note that if you are studying with us by distance learning, there is a compulsory annual visit to campus (every two years for part-time PhD students).
Research interests of staff:
- Greek History – Classical and Hellenistic history, with particular expertise in the politics and political structures of the Greek Mediterranean world.
- Egyptology – religion; settlement archaeology; temple architecture; cultural contacts with the Mediterranean world; current fieldwork at Elephantine.
- Greek and Roman religion; mythology; the ancient novel.
- Egyptology – language, history, archaeology and religion in Egypt in the first millennium BC; current fieldwork at Saqqara.
Western Asia; the history, languagesand archaeology of Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian and Hittite civilisations; cuneiform inscriptions; pre-Islamic Arabia.
- Athenian education and culture; Greek drama and performance; Isocrates.
- Greek and Roman epigram; ancient popular culture; receptions of antiquity; classics and film.
- Later Roman Empire; North African urbanism; early Christianity.
- Roman literary topography; classical landscape and aesthetics; Republican and Augustan literature (esp. Horace, Livy); post-classical reception of Rome; reception of Alexander the Great.
- Catullus; Augustan poetry; epic of all periods; reception of antiquity; classics and film.
- Classical archaeology; Greek prehistory; Bronze Age Macedonia; current research at Mycenae, Knossos, Assiros and Servia.
Please note, funding applications for College scholarships will re-open early in the 2017-2018 academic year.
This programme is waiting to hear about funding for the next session, or external funding will be applied for once a suitable candidate is selected. Applications are welcome - please see programme details for further information.
FTE Category A staff submitted: 20.00
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