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Classics Research MPhil/PhD



  • REF rankings 2014: 3rd in the country according to the ‘power’ metric, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity. The Department also received an outstanding score for the impact of its research. Overall, 76% of our research was rated 3* or 4* indicating internationally excellent and world-leading quality.

  • Research income: as well as funding for four major research projects, recent awards include, British Academy Postdoctoral and Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowships, a Philip Leverhulme prize, and substantial grants from the AHRC, Getty Foundation, Humboldt Foundation, and Leverhulme Trust.

  • Current number of academic staff: 24.

  • Current number of research students: 58.

  • Recent publications:Partner organisations: British Museum.

    • A companion to the Neronian age;
    • Contextual Archaeology of Burial Practice: Case Studies from Roman Britain;
    • Greek Comedy and the Discourse of Genres;
    • Local History of Greek Polytheism: Gods, People and the Land of Aigina, 800-400 BCE;
    • Anatomizing Civil War: Studies in Lucan's Epic Technique;
    • Horace, Odes, Book I;
    • The Freedman in the Roman World;
    • The Iliad in a nutshell: visualizing epic on the Tabulae Iliacae;
    • The art of the body;
    • Cratinus and the Art of Comedy;
    • Jonson, Horace and the Classical Tradition;
    • The art of art history in Greco-Roman antiquity;
    • Truly beyond wonders: Aelius Aristides and the cult of Asklepios;
    • Mystery Cults in the Ancient World.

Key information

Duration Expected to be: MPhil two years FT, three years PT. PhD three years FT, four-six years PT. September to September, January to January or April to April.

Study mode Full-time,Part-time

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Classics


Entry requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

Master's degree with Merit or Distinction, in Classics or a closely related subject and a Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalents). We are very happy to advise individual prospective applicants about our entry requirements for the programme.

Application procedure

Admission to our research programmes will initially be for the MPhil but we expect students to transfer to the PhD after an appropriate period, by agreement with their supervisor, the Departmental Postgraduate Research Committee and the University.

Personal statement and supporting information

No information required.

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

There is no specific deadline for applications. Applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note funding applications may be subject to specific deadlines.


Course detail


We pursue and supervise research across an exceptionally wide range of topics in Greek, Roman and Near Eastern history, archaeology and art, as well as Greek and Latin language, literature and thought, late antique and Byzantine studies, and reception studies.

We have a strong record of attracting major research grants. The Department has recently received funding from the AHRC, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust for major projects including Digitising the Prosopography of the Roman Republic, The Art of Making in Antiquity: Stone Carving and Carvers in the Roman World, Ancient Inscriptions of the Black Sea Region, and Classics & Class.

Other areas of activity we have been developing include Neo Latin, Roman mosaics and mosaicists, ancient religion, and Greek theatre and performance. We have successful ongoing research projects in collaboration with the College's Department of Digital Humanities and the British Museum. We work with the Faculty of Arts & Humanities’ Centre for Hellenic Studies, which combines the resources of Classics and Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies in organising major public lectures by leading scholars (the Runciman Lecture, the Greek Archaeological Committee Lecture) and biennial international conferences (recent topics include Lord Byron and Ancient Greek Theatre in the Black Sea).

Course study environment

You will work mainly with your principal supervisor, who will read and discuss your work with you on a regular basis, advise you about attendance at seminars and direct you to any training opportunities. You will also have a second supervisor who will be able to advise you on particular aspects of your research. Your progress will be monitored through six-monthly individual progress reports. We run regular research seminars, which are both opportunities for staff and students to present and discuss current research and social occasions. You will also have the opportunity to attend the various research seminars organised through the Institute of Classical Studies. 

Postgraduate training

We attach great importance to the identification of training needs, and will direct you individually to courses we think will support your research. These are organised through the London Arts & Humanities Partnership, an AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Centre bringing together King’s UCL and the School of Advanced Study in Senate House. We aim to offer as many students as possible teaching experience as Graduate Teaching Assistants, and we provide training for this as well.

Head of group/division

Dr Hugh Bowden

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 1649 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Contact email

Course website

Further literature

Guide to Graduate Studies

Career prospects

Career destinations

Recent doctoral students of the department have gone on to full academic posts in the UK, the USA, and Greece, and to the Civil Service.


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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,600 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£2,300 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Overseas

£8,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee maybe be subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

AHRC, the Ronald Burrows Memorial Studentship, Graduate School and Faculty of Arts & Humanities studentships and bursaries; The Robert Browning Memorial Fund Graduate Scholarship is available for full-time doctoral research in any field of Hellenic Studies. Cyprus Scholarship. Teaching Assistantships may also be available.



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