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The award
MA(Res)

How long you will study
1 - 2 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 4327 per year

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 14950 per year

All study options

About Classics at Swansea University

An MA by Research in Classics enables you to undertake a research project led by your own passions and interests.

Your project will take one year full-time or two years part-time. It is suitable if you want to undertake a first research degree as a culmination of taught studies, or if you are considering further research in form of a PhD.

You undertake original research for a thesis up to 40,000 words. This demonstrates original research with a significant contribution to the subject area, and will be related to the languages, literature, philosophy or culture of the classical world, from Homer to the later Roman empire, and the reception of the ancient world in modern culture.

After it is submitted, there is an oral examination of your thesis, a viva voce examination, or viva.

We have considerable experience in supervising a wide variety of topics relating to Greek and Roman literature. Particular research strengths at Swansea include ancient narrative literature and the reception of earlier literature in Hellenistic and imperial fiction, Greek tragedy, ancient philosophy, and Greek and Roman political thought.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMA(Res)How you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4327 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14950 per year

Notes about fees for this course

The fees displayed here are for the full-time study option only. For fee information about the part-time study options, please visit the course page on the institution website.

Entry requirements

MA by Research - You should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject or hold relevant work experience. If you hold a qualification from a non-UK institution please see our academic entry requirements for International qualifications (non-EU) and EU qualifications (non UK).

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at: www.swansea.ac.uk/english-tests.

Applicants to this programme would normally be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements indicated above. The College/School reserves the right to ask for higher academic grades and qualifications. Admissions decisions take into account not only prior academic qualifications, but also factors including the standard of the research synopsis/proposal submitted by the applicant, their performance at interview (if required), intensity of competition for limited places and relevant professional experience (where appropriate).

Applicants to this programme would normally be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements indicated above. The College/School reserves the right to ask for higher academic grades and qualifications.

Admissions decisions take into account not only prior academic qualifications, but also factors including the standard of the research synopsis/proposal submitted by the applicant, their performance at interview (if required), intensity of competition for limited places and relevant professional experience (where appropriate).

What students think about Swansea University

    Farhana Jaidin, Brunei (Politics)

    Swansea has a lot of tourist attractions and aside from that, the city is bustling with every entertainment you could think of, cinemas, restaurants, occasional student gatherings, you name it!

    Swansea is also within easy reach from London or Cardiff Airport, three hours and an hour respectively, so it is effortless if students want to travel for a mini weekend break.

    People in Swansea live in a close community so you don’t feel left out. You are so much in a part of the family as everyone else is. The student societies are very active in Swansea University and there are a lot of choices to choose from.

    Abir Abdul-Rahim, Malaysia

    Where are you from?
    Shah Alam, Malaysia

    Where did you study (which institution or school) before coming to Swansea?
    Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Kuala Lumpur for A Levels.
    Tunku Kurshiah College, Negeri Sembilan for high school.

    Why choose Swansea University?
    Low cost living and student life here is said to be good. Making it a conducive environment to study.

    What course are you doing?
    BSc Actuarial Science

    What do you do in your free time?
    I am involved with student body organisation based in London called UKEC (United Kingdom and Eire Council). It's a representative of all Malaysian Societies in the UK and Eire. Am currently the National Treasurer of it.

    What has been the highlight of your time in Swansea?
    Being part of the societies and organized student events for our fellow students here. It has helped me to mingle well with the other nationalities.

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