MA by Research in Classics

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA by Research 1Yr FT
    MA by Research 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

The MA by Research is a research degree pursued over one year full-time or two years part-time. This MA allows students to study in depth a topic related to the languages, literature, philosophy, and culture of the Classical world, from Homer to the later Roman Empire, and the reception of the ancient world in modern culture.

Key Features

Students enrolled on the MA by Research in Classics study a topic of their own devising and complete an independent, original research thesis of 40,000 words on a Classical topic. At Swansea, there is extensive competence in supervising a wide variety of topics relating to Greek and Roman literature. Particular research strengths include Ancient Narrative Literature and the reception of earlier literature in Hellenistic and Imperial Fiction (under the umbrella of KYKNOS, the Swansea and TSD Lampeter Centre for Research on the Narrative Literatures of the Ancient World), Greek Tragedy, Ancient Philosophy, and Greek and Roman Political Thought.

Students are encouraged to develop a methodological awareness and are introduced to key concepts and interpretative techniques that shape the study of the civilisations of Greece and Rome. This programme develops research skills needed for high-level work in any field of Classics or Classical Civilisation.

The Department of History and Classics  is part of the Research Institute for the Arts and Humanities (RIAH:, which organises a large number of seminars, conferences, and other research activities. Students have access to skills and training programmes offered by the College of Arts and Humanities and the University.


The MA by Research is ideal for those who would like to do an initial research degree, either as a stand-alone culmination to their studies or with a view to further, subsequent research, e.g. in form of a PhD.

Research proposals are invited on any topic for which staff can provide supervision (

For informal enquiries please contact:  Dr Fritz-Gregor Herrmann (

Entry Requirements

MA by Research - You should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject or hold relevant work experience. If you hold a qualification from a non-UK institution please see our academic entry requirements for International qualifications (non-EU) and EU qualifications (non UK).

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:

How To Apply

Apply online and track your application status at

You may enrol in September, January, April or July.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA by Research Full-time £4,200 £13,700
MA by Research Part-time £2,100 £6,850

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from RCUK.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.


A thesis of no more than 40,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes to the understanding of the past. This is followed by an oral examination of the thesis (a viva voce examination, or viva).  


The College of Arts and Humanities has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that the information above is accurate and up-to-date when published but can accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions. Please note that this page should always be read in conjunction with University regulations governing research degrees .