The scheme offers a flexible programme designed to provide a proper grounding in research skills and methods, and the opportunity to explore an area of independent research suitable for the needs and interests of individual students. It is designed to meet the needs of both those who wish to develop their understanding of Ancient History through a self-contained year of further study, and of those who wish to deepen and extend their skills in preparation for research at doctoral level.
The course has two parts, consisting of coursework and a dissertation.
Part One (Autumn and Spring): Students take a module covering theoretical concepts and approaches in ancient history, and choose two from a range of specialist options, including 'tailored' Special Subjects focused on particular periods and topics appropriate to their individual interests. It is also possible to spend part of the year on a residential course at the British School in Athens or the British School at Rome (subject to acceptance on the course). All students are trained in research methods and skills, including academic writing, public speaking, the handling of ancient texts and Greek or Latin at an appropriate level.
Part Two (Summer): This comprises a dissertation on a topic of the student's choice of approximately 20,000 words in length.
-Flexible programme geared to the student’s interests.
-Training in research skills and methods, theoretical concepts and the techniques of conducting and writing up an independent research project.
-The range of expertise available in Cardiff is extended by collaboration with the University of Wales staff at Swansea and Lampeter.
-Students can take a course at the British School in Athens or Rome.