Pedagogy of classics teaching

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

The pedagogy of classics teaching is an exciting and emerging field of research that covers teaching and learning across the full range of classical studies sub-disciplines. Open University staff have special interests and expertise in: distance learning, the development and use of online, interactive resources and tools, and the teaching of Latin and Greek (both in conventional and distance settings).

The large numbers of students taking Classical Studies modules provides a particularly important opportunity for meaningful statistical analysis of our student cohorts. Applications for projects in any area that corresponds to the teaching expertise and research interests of one or more members of staff are welcome; interaction with the School’s other research areas is also encouraged.

If you would like to join us as a full- or part-time research student, please contact us for an informal preliminary discussion (details below). A well thought-out research proposal which sets out specific research questions and your strategies for addressing them, and which outlines the originality of your topic or approach, will enhance your chances of admission.

We are always glad to offer advice before application (for example on how your project might enhance existing work in the field; what facilities you would need; what ancient and/or modern language ability you need for your project; and how you could participate in the discipline's research culture and engage with students in other universities).

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and an MA with a minimum grade of merit. If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English

Potential research projects

  • Classical subjects and online teaching
  • The pedagogy of Latin and Greek teaching
  • The use of digital and interactive tools in classics teaching
  • Factors affecting student recruitment and student success in classical subjects
  • Classical studies fir access and educational justice

Current/recent research projects

  • Living Latin: Exploring a Communicative Approach to Latin Teaching Through a Sociocultural
  • Perspective on Language Learning

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Some of our research students are funded via the Open‐Oxford‐Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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How to apply

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Jasmine Hunter Evans and Dr Marchella Ward

Email: FASS-ClassicalStudies-Enquiries
Phone: +44 (0)1908 653247

Apply now

If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.