Comments about Classics (PhD - MPhil) - At the institution - London - Greater London
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. Before deciding to pursue a research degree, you should ideally draft an independent proposal for your intended area of research. We also strongly advise that, before considering your application, you informally approach and establish contact with a potential supervisor based in the School.
Entry requirements A good degree in ancient history, archaeology, classical studies, classics, history or a related discipline.
Classics (PhD / MPhil)
Staff research areas
Current 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; cultural change in the Hellenistic and Roman worlds; Latin prose literature.
Ancient history, classics and classical archaeology 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 located next door to Birkbeck), the Institute of Archaeology and the Warburg Institute. All four institutes offer regular seminars on research areas covered by the School.
The School works closely with staff at the British Museum and the British School in Rome, as well as with archaeological superintendents in Italy, and 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.