MA by Research
Classical Studies

Key Information


1 year


2 years

Entry Requirements

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Brayford Pool

Start Dates in October and February

Programme Overview

The MA by Research in Classical Studies is designed for students who are keen to undertake an in-depth research project of their choice in an aspect of ancient Greek and Roman history and/or Greek and Latin languages, literatures, and cultures. Under the guidance of an academic supervisor, you are expected to write a dissertation of around 25,000 words that demonstrates expert knowledge and understanding of the subject area you have chosen.

Students can benefit from the academic guidance of experts who are well-published in a wide range of subject areas within Classical Studies. This course is best suited for students who have a tightly defined research project that is achievable within the time frame.

As a postgraduate research student, you are encouraged to participate in the School of Humanities and Heritage's lively research culture of research seminars, as well as postgraduate forums, training, and social events.

Key Features

Conduct independent and academically significant research

Benefit from training courses to develop key research skills

Supervision and support from expert academic staff

Present at talks and seminars to showcase your work

Enrol in February or October each year

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How You Study

Study takes the form of supervised individual research, so the majority of the time is spent in independent study. You will need to take considerable responsibility for your studies, including time management, project planning, and writing drafts of your work. Students are expected to submit appropriate work regularly to their supervisors and to act on the feedback received.

Students will have regular meetings with their academic supervisors who will discuss the development of the research, comment on written drafts, and agree the next stage of work. Your 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 Humanities 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, foster cross-disciplinary debates and collaboration and provide opportunities for career development.

Research Topics

Research students will benefit from a broad range of staff research expertise in Classical Studies 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, and researchers with interdisciplinary interests in both ancient history/classics and the subsequent interpretation and representation of the classical past.

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

The assessment takes the form of a 25,000 word dissertation.

How to Apply

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October or February, although alternative dates may be agreed with your supervisors on an individual basis. When writing your research proposal, please take note of the following guidance:

Writing a Research Proposal
  • A research proposal will only be considered if there are academics in the subject with an interest in your field. Please study the staff profiles closely to make sure there is at least one member of staff whose interests intersect broadly with your own.
  • The research proposal should be 1,000-2,000 words in length.
  • Clearly define the topic you are interested in, and demonstrate understanding of the relevant research area.
  • Include two or three research questions that you will explore in your research.
  • Outline the research methodologies/approaches you will use to undertake the research.
  • Include a provisional bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
  • You might include a brief literature review of the key works that relate to your topic, and signal how these inform your approach to your subject.
  • Sketch out a provisional plan of work that includes research/archival visits and a timetable for the writing of chapters.
  • Make sure the proposal is well presented with sections and subheadings and is free of errors.

Applicants with appropriate projects will be offered an interview with the programme leader and one or more subject specialists where the application can be discussed in more detail.


Applicants with appropriate proposals will be offered an interview with the programme leader and one or more subject specialists, who will discuss with you in more detail the research proposal and your suitability to undertake it.

How to Apply

Postgraduate Research Application Support

Find out more about the application process for research degrees and what you'll need to complete on our How to Apply page, which also features contact details for dedicated support with your application.

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Entry Requirements 2024-25

Entry Requirements

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject.

Vitally, you will need to submit a research proposal along with your application form. The research proposal forms the basis of your programme of study, as well as demonstrating your suitability to undertake the project.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

For further advice on IELTS and the support available, please contact the International College by email at

Programme Fees

You will need to have funding in place for your studies before you arrive at the University. Our fees vary depending on the course, mode of study, and whether you are a UK or international student. You can view the breakdown of fees for this programme below. Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by your research proposal and will be calculated on an individual basis.

Programme Fees

Funding Your Research

Loans and Studentships

Find out more about the optional available to support your postgraduate research, from Master's and Doctoral Loans, to research studentship opportunities. You can also find out more about how to pay your fees and access support from our helpful advisors.

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Career Development

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.

The University’s Doctoral School provides a focal point for Lincoln’s community of researchers, where ideas and experiences can be developed and shared across disciplines. It also offers support and training to help equip you for both academic and non-academic careers.

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Academic Contact

For more information about this course, please contact:

Dr Rebecca Styler

Research at Lincoln

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