Classical Studies

Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2 years

Typical Offer

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Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

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Course Code

CLSRESMA

MA by Research Classical Studies

The School’s academics are leading researchers, authors and editors of books, contributors to international research projects and conferences, broadcasters, conservators, and experts in heritage.

Our Alumni Scholarship can reduce fees by up to 20 per cent for UK students. See our Scholarship and Bursaries page for more information.

Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2 years

Typical Offer

View

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

CLSRESMA

Dr Jim Cheshire - Programme Leader

Dr Jim Cheshire - Programme Leader

Dr Cheshire is Director of Postgraduate Research in the School of History and Heritage and an experienced researcher and PhD supervisor. Jim works across History, Art History and Conservation and can offer advice to applicants about their ideas for research projects and their suitability for doctoral study. He will forward applications to the appropriate subject specialists within the School for assessment.

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Welcome to MA by Research Classical Studies

The MA by Research in Classical Studies provides a supportive academic environment in which to conduct in-depth postgraduate study for one year, offering interested students research opportunities in ancient Greek and Roman history and Greek and Latin languages, literatures, and cultures.

It is designed to prepare students to embark on further study at the doctoral level, as well as for careers in teaching, the heritage sector, and the civil service, amongst many other fields.

Research students can benefit from a broad range of expertise offered by our Classical Studies staff, across both local and global contexts, including in Lincoln itself, Britain, Iberia, the Mediterranean world, and the ancient Near East.

How You Study

The core of the programme is a thesis project, for which you will submit a proposal at the application stage and identify two supervisors. Due to the nature of postgraduate research, a significant amount of time will be spent in independent study. Full-time students currently meet with their academic supervisors once a month and part-time students every other month.

You can expect to be guided throughout your thesis by expert and well-published supervisors, from whom you will receive feedback and advice. Your MA by Research project might cross disciplinary boundaries and focus on multiple subject areas and in such cases, we will endeavour to support you through the allocation of supervisors in relevant fields.

The School of History and Heritage promotes the development of a stimulating research environment within which our postgraduate community plays a central role. Initiatives such as research seminars with internal speakers and visiting academics, and staff-student reading groups, aim to foster cross-disciplinary debates and collaboration, as well as providing opportunities for career development.

Research Areas, Projects, and Topics

Research students will benefit from a broad range of research expertise offered by our Classical Studies staff, across both local and global contexts, including in Lincoln itself, Britain, Iberia, the Mediterranean world, and the ancient Near East. Our interests include:

  • Greek and Roman Historiography
  • Alexander the Great
  • Hellenistic History
  • Roman London
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire in the West
  • Language and Literacy in the Western Mediterranean
  • Gender and Women’s History
  • Cross-Cultural Contacts and Exchanges

More broadly, the School of History and Heritage brings together academics, archivists, librarians, postgraduate students, and researchers with interdisciplinary interests in both Ancient History/Classics and the subsequent interpretation and representation of the Classical past. We also have a strong relationship with the wider scholarly and professional community.

We foster academic links within and beyond the University of Lincoln through welcoming external speakers, hosting international conferences, and contributing to national and international research networks and projects.

How you are assessed

With the help of dedicated skills sessions, and under the guidance of an academic supervisor, students will be expected to write a dissertation of 25,000 words.

Fees and Funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Programme Fees

Entry Requirements 2022-23

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject.
If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Interviews

Your application involves submitting a valid and feasible research proposal. Applicants with appropriate projects will be offered an interview with the programme leader and a subject specialist where they can discuss the details of their research proposal.

How to Apply

New students are encouraged to enrol in October, February, or May to support their experience within the postgraduate research community.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with the supervisor on an individual basis.

Career Opportunities

The MA by Research is designed to prepare students to embark on further study at the doctoral level, as well as for careers in teaching, the heritage sector, and the civil service, amongst many other fields.

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching

At the University of Lincoln, we strive to ensure our students’ experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted to Government guidance to keep our students, staff, and community safe. All remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England were lifted in February 2022 under the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid-19, and we have embraced a safe return to in-person teaching on campus. Where appropriate, face-to-face teaching is enhanced by the use of digital tools and technology and may be complemented by online opportunities where these support learning outcomes.

We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance make this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.