MA Ancient Narrative Literature

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 1Yr FT
    MA 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

The MA in Ancient Narrative Literature is the first of its kind in the world. It draws on world-level expertise to explore the various types of narrative produced in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt.

Key Features

This MA focuses on the narratives of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, both fictional and factual, in a variety of literary forms, including the novel, epic poetry, mythology, historiography, and biography. It is taught by a team of scholars associated with the KYKNOS research centre, whose research in this field is internationally recognised.

The programme introduces students to the key concepts of literary and cultural theory connected with narrative and encourages them to explore new ways of reading ancient texts. As well as some of the classics of ancient literature, it also examines some less familiar texts that articulate the stories of sections of the ancient population marginalised by gender and social status.

The MA in Ancient Narrative Literature offers excellent preparation for students who intend to undertake further research in this exciting and rapidly developing area of Classical literature. Students will have the opportunity to begin or continue the study of Greek and/or Latin.

The College of Arts and Humanities has a Graduate Centre. The Graduate Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates participation in seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

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Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Module 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CL-M50Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Narrative genres and theory
Compulsory Module - Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 or 2 20 credit modules in Teaching block 1 and 1 or 2 co-requisite 20 credit module in Teaching Block 2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CL-M10ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Greek I
CL-M11ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Greek II
CL-M12ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Latin I
CL-M13ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Latin II
CL-M26Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek Texts 1
CL-M27Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Greek Texts 2
CL-M28Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Latin Texts 1
CL-M29Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Latin Texts 2
CL-M52ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Intermediate Greek 1
CL-M53ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Intermediate Greek 2
CL-M54ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Further Greek 1
CL-M55ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Further Greek 2
CL-M56ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Intermediate Latin 1
CL-M57ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Intermediate Latin 2
CL-M58ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Further Latin 1
CL-M59ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Further Latin 2
Optional module choices 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select sufficient modules to total 120. You must have an equal number of credits in each teaching block over all.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CL-M19Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Being Greek under Rome: Greek literature and culture in the Imperial Period
CL-M35Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Royal Space: The King and His Palace in the Ancient World
CL-M49Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Romance Refracted and novels renewed
CL-M76Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Explorers, Travel and Geography in the Ancient World
CL-M78Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Saints and Sinners in Christian Late Antiquity
CL-M82Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Magic in the Ancient World: Exploring the Sources
CL-M91Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Archaeology and Topography of Ancient Rome
MLGM72Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Academic German


The full-time course is split across the year offering three modules in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer. The dissertation component is written on a specialist research topic of your choosing.

Part-time students take three modules in the first year, three in the second year and write the dissertation in the third year.

Entry Requirements

The typical entry requirement is a first degree in Classics, Classical Civilisation or a related background in Arts and Humanities, normally an upper second or above, or equivalent.  Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5.

How To Apply

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £6,600 £14,400
MA Part-time £2,200 £4,800

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.

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 for the programme do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Student Quote

"I studied at Swansea University for my Undergraduate degree and fell in love with the city, the university camps and the lecturers and supporting staff at the university. Deciding to do my MA in Ancient Narrative here was therefore partly influenced by this. However, Ancient Narrative at Swansea University was an attractive choice mostly because of the quality of the lecturers here. Both Professor John Morgan who is already a highly esteemed scholar within the area of the Ancient Greek Novels and Dr Ian Repath who is a rising star in the same subject area make Swansea University the ideal place to study Ancient Narrative at MA level."

Ida Meland