Classical Studies staff have expertise in a wide range of subjects and themes from the Greek and Roman world, including: archaeology, art and sculpture; epic, lyric poetry, tragedy and comedy; historiography and philosophy; popular culture and social history; and digital humanities. Our main research areas (or clusters) include:
Ancient and modern reception of classical antiquity
Greek and Latin texts
Greek and Roman material culture
The ancient body.
The research clusters overlap in important respects and this informs debate and collaboration across themes as well as providing opportunities for exchange with researchers in other subject areas. The department encourages applications for research that is based in any of these clusters, particularly projects that work across clusters. Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours or equivalent qualification, and an MA or research experience or recent publications. Further information can be obtained via the Department (contact details below).
The department’s research has been recognised by funding grants or fellowship awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, JISC , the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, TOPOI: the Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations, and Google. Department members also have leading roles in internationally funded projects such as the Linkeage project in Australia (Classics and Theatre), the European Network of Research in Greek Drama, the Classical Reception Studies Network and EuGeStA (Gender Studies in Antiquity).
The UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) (2014) feedback highlighted the outstanding contributions by the department on the national and international research environment, and we aim to ensure that all our research students have the chance to benefit from and contribute to international debates in their field.
The Open University Library is particularly strong in the provision of electronic resources to which research students have access whether working on or off campus.
Research students in classical studies are also encouraged to join the Hellenic or Roman Societies. These societies have a joint library based at the Institute of Classical Studies in London. This is an internationally leading research library. Student membership of either of the societies provides borrowing rights (including postal borrowing).