The MA in Roman History and Archaeology is designed for students who wish to adopt a twin-tracked approach to the past by using both historical and archaeological evidence.
This programme is also available with a term in Rome.
Roman civilisation produced one of the largest empires of the ancient world. The Roman Empire had one of the most advanced technologies of the ancient world, producing major architectural, cultural and artistic achievements. The extensive remnants left behind enable us to recreate and understand Roman culture thousands of years later.
The Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies contains expertise in most areas of Roman history and archaeology, from the study of artefacts to papyri. We have one of the largest concentrations of Romanists, whose expertise includes Egypt, Medicine, the North-West Provinces, Ostia, Pompeii, Rome, and stretches across periods from the Hellenistic to the Late Antique.
In your first term, the focus is on research skills in both Roman history and in archaeology to provide the foundation from which you may develop as a postgraduate researcher. Your second term is focussed on specialist modules that directly engage with research conducted in the Department. You also have the opportunity to engage with our postgraduate community that comes together with our staff at our research seminar series to which we invite leading speakers from across the UK and Europe.
In the summer, you write a dissertation of up to 15,000 words with advice from one of our experts to demonstrate the skills that you will have gained during your MA.
This is an ideal programme for graduates of history, ancient history, classics or the wider humanities, wanting to gain practical experience in applying their expertise.
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- a complex range of disciplines, cultural relationships and varied geographical regions at an advanced level
- the research skills associated with the use of ancient evidence to produce historical and archaeological narratives and analyses that engage with the most recent development in research in Roman history and archaeology
- basic philosophical issues by thinkers of very different cultural and linguistic assumptions from our own
- the nature of the societies and political systems of antiquity
- familiarity with an appropriate and diverse range of primary materials: material culture, epigraphy, papyrology, literature, visual material, and history
- a broad and systematic knowledge developed within a coherent framework of complementary subjects, including archaeology and history.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- how to apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry
- how to evaluate research and a variety of types of information and evidence critically
- how to synthesise information critically from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice
- how to apply strategies for appropriate selection of relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge
- how to utilise problem-solving skills
- how to analyse, evaluate and interpret the evidence underpinning archaeological, historical, linguistic and literary research critically.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- have an advanced understanding of another culture, whether focused on its archaeology, history, literature, thought, art and religion, or its history and political and social organisation, or its material culture, demonstrate a critical engagement with it, develop an informed sense of the similarities and differences between it and our own culture
- have a broad knowledge, developed within a coherent framework, of complementary subjects, drawn from such fields as archaeology, history, art, literature, linguistics, language, and philosophy, or theme-based topics which cross the boundaries between them (eg religion, gender studies), and periods
- familiarity with, and be able to evaluate, an appropriate and diverse range of primary materials, e.g. archaeological evidence, historical texts, art objects, and inscriptions.
- command a range of techniques and methodologies, such as bibliographical and library research skills, a range of skills in reading and textual analysis, the varieties of historical method, the visual skills characteristic of art criticism, use of statistics (e.g. in archaeology), philosophical argument and analysis.
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means
- the ability to evaluate your own academic performance
- the ability to manage change effectively and respond to changing demands
- the ability to take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development (personal development planning)
- the ability to manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage personal emotions and stress
- the ability to understand your career opportunities and challenges ahead and begin to plan your career path
- the ability to information management skills, eg IT skills.
This programme aims to:
- provide research training in the subject area of Roman history and archaeology
- expand your depth of knowledge of key subject areas in Roman history and archaeology
- attract outstanding students, irrespective of race, background, gender or physical disability from both within the UK, and EU, and also from overseas
- develop new areas of postgraduate teaching in response to the advance of scholarship
- provide you with skills to equip you for a further career either for doctoral research in Roman history and archaeology, or in employment with, the use of these transferable skills
- develop your competence in applying skills to analysis of a diverse body of ancient evidence
- develop your critical and analytical powers in relation to the ancient material
- provide you with the skills to adapt and respond positively to change
- develop critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and the transferable skills to prepare you for graduate employment
- enhance the development of your interpersonal skills
- provide you with opportunities for shared multidisciplinary learning with religious studies and philosophy
- assist you to develop the skills required for both autonomous practice and team-working.