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Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (PhD - MPhil)

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  • Objectives
    A research degree offers students the opportunity to acquire a highly advanced set of conceptual skills developed in the pursuit of new knowledge, which can be applied within or beyond an academic or scholarly context. Research training in any academic discipline helps to channel creativity into critical innovatory reasoning. The legitimate authority of original, independent research depends upon persuasive analytical arguments supported by critically evaluated evidence.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements A good degree in ancient history, archaeology, classical studies, classics, history or a related discipline.
  • Academic Title
    Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (PhD / MPhil)
  • Course description
    Staff research areas
    Research interests include: the cultural and social history of ancient Greece; the Hellenistic world; ancient Italy and Rome; the reception of the ‘classical’ past within ancient and modern worlds; the study of approaches to identity in the ancient world; and cultural change in the Hellenistic and Roman worlds.

    Study resources
    Classical archaeology and ancient history are taught within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, located just five minutes’ walk from the British Museum and 10 minutes from the British Library. Other nearby specialist centres of research include the Institute of Classical Studies and the Institute of Historical Research (both next door to the College), the Institute of Archaeology and the Warburg Institute, all of which offer regular seminars on research areas covered by the School.

    The School of History, Classics and Archaeology was rated ‘best 5*’ in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

    Special features
    School staff work in close contact with staff at the British Museum and the British School in Rome, as well as with archaeological superintendents in Italy, and we can give advice about summer schools in both Athens and Rome.

    Other benefits for PhD/MPhil students include ancillary skills courses, work-in-progress seminars and a historical sociology reading group.

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