You must hold an honours degree to study for our MA in Classical Studies course. Your degree need not be in the subject area, but you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in that area and show some knowledge of classical studies. The part 1 module brings you up to date with the latest ideas and approaches in classical studies but does not offer remedial undergraduate training for those who have an inappropriate bachelors degree or inadequate experience. Before you start the MA you must be able to:
write clear, concise, grammatically correct and accurately spelt prose
read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically
classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability
argue logically, consistently and sceptically
marshal various sorts of evidence to support a logical argument.
If you would like help to assess your preparedness you can contact us for advice.
You must commence your studies towards the MA in Classical Studies with the part 1 module which tackles the question of ‘How we know what we know’ about ancient Greece and Rome by investigating the different disciplinary fields of classical studies. Your final module must be the part 2 module. This module will be worth waiting for as it will be your chance to explore an exciting new field of classical studies: The Ancient Body. Drawing on cutting-edge research by members of the Classical Studies department, this module will look as aspects such as birth, death, ancient medicine, dress and beauty in an interdisciplinary way. Throughout this module you will gradually be prepared for the writing of your dissertation.
You must complete this qualification within ten years.
You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.