Department of Classics

Classics research degrees (PhD and MPhil)

Why a research degree at Nottingham?

Our Department of Classics comprises scholars of international standing and dedicated research centres and institutes. The department has grown extensively in recent years with new staff expanding the areas of research expertise and supervision.

In the REF2014 (Research Excellence Framework), we were ranked equal 4th among Classics departments for world-leading research, making us equal 2nd among UK Classics departments outside Oxbridge.

Classics students are based in the Humanities Building, University Park


Supervision and research expertise

The department offers supervision for MPhil and PhD students in a wide range of areas.

The department has special strengths in:

  • Greek drama
  • Greek political, social, economic and religious history
  • Latin epic and prose literature
  • Roman history
  • society and culture and late antiquity
  • ancient art and visual culture
  • reception of the classical world in European culture

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Teaching and learning

The Department of Classics offers excellent opportunities for research student supervised and independent learning.

Alongside supervision and research training, Classics research students have many opportunities to present their work at seminars and conferences. 

The department’s own regular research workshops and conferences held at Nottingham by the research centres and other bodies, have wide international contacts, facilitating study visits to universities abroad. These Nottingham research centres include:

Other international collaborations include the Copenhagen Polis Project on the nature and institutions of the Greek city-state, and the Impact of the Roman Empire research network centred at Nijmegen.

Students are also encouraged (and, where appropriate, subsidised) to attend conferences elsewhere that are relevant to their studies, and each year several present papers at the Classical Association’s national conference.

Additional research training is provided via the Graduate School, and AHRC-funded students can take advantage of training provided across the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.

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Facilities and resources

Nottingham has excellent facilities for doctoral students including formal seminars, symposia, conferences, and personal study spaces.

Key spaces for Classics students include the Humanities Building, Graduate School and Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre.

Facilities and resources of particular interest to Classics students include the Digital Humanities Centre for computer-based research, and the Hallward Library with generous holdings of books and journals.



Dr Katharina Lorenz talks about collaborative research in the Digital Humanities Centre.


Funding for research students

The primary source of funding for our students is through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The University of Nottingham is the lead institution within the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP).

The partnership is a collaboration between the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, De Montfort, Birmingham and Birmingham City, and is awarding 410 PhD studentships for study over a five year period commencing 2014.

The DTP provides UK/EU research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject-specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.

Applications for 2018 entry are now closed. 

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Whilst M3C DTP AHRC funding is only available to UK/EU students, this is by no means the only source of funding, and additional opportunities are listed on the department's funding page as they become available.

The University’s International Office has a wide range of scholarship opportunities for students an EU fee status, including a fee reduction for alumni, and EU and Accession State Scholarships. 

You may also search the University’s funding database, designed to give you an indication of University scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply. The University Graduate School operates funding schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research.


Department of Classics student fees and funding

View our research opportunities in the postgraduate online prospectus

Classics MPhil/PhD


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Department of Classics

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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