The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer. The Faculty of Arts will be offering a number of methodology modules, including one on research methods for the arts and humanities, and one on public engagement and communication: one of these modules will form a core element of the degree course.
Myth, Society and Religion
You will explore the nature and role of myth in Greek and Roman cultures, with a focus on their religious and social significance. As well as examining sources in detail, you will explore different approaches to examining myth, and be given the opportunity to focus on literary, visual or historical aspects of myth. The module consists of a two-hour seminar each week.
This interdisciplinary module explores the ways in which stories shape thought. You will look at historical, literary, and visual narratives alongside constructions of history, society and culture from the Greek and Roman world, as well as the modern. The programme is delivered around student interests, but topics may include emperors and excess, rhetoric and narratio, the ancient novel, and the politics of immorality. You will have a two-hour seminar each week.
War and Its Representation
This module focuses on textual and visual representations of war. Taught jointly by experts in art, literature and ancient history, you will explore the meanings and agendas of representations which may range from accounts of warfare in the age of Homer to images of Roman Victoria on Constantinian coinage. Topics may include war as spectacle, defeat and death, wounds and bodies, going naval and handbooks of war. You will have a weekly two-hour seminar.
This module explores the history, literature and visual culture of the Greek and Roman city. With a focus on Athens, Sparta and Rome, you will also have the opportunity to study earlier examples of urbanism in the Mediterranean basin, as well as contemporary settlements. You will touch upon a range of urban-related topics such as politics, religion, social status, trade, architecture, art and literary culture, from which you will be able to launch your own research. The module consists of a weekly two-hour seminar.
Beginners' Latin for MA Students 1 and 2
This pair of modules gives a good grounding in Latin. You will be introduced to the grammar and vocabulary of classical Latin. No previous knowledge is assumed, and there is an emphasis on the understanding and analysis of basic sentences and short passages. You will have four one-hour classes weekly.
Intermediate Latin for MA Students 1 and 2
This pair of modules aims to complete your basic instruction in Latin, enabling you to proceed to the reading of Latin texts. The modules consist of four hours of seminars weekly.
Advanced Latin for MA Students 1 and 2
Paying special attention to style and language, you will examine a range of texts representative of an author, theme or genre in the original Latin. The position of the text(s) in the development of the genre will be explored alongside consideration of its social context. You will have two hours of lectures and a one-hour seminar each week.
Beginners' Greek for MA Students 1 and 2
You will be introduced to the basics of classical Greek vocabulary and grammar. No previous knowledge is assumed, and there is an emphasis on the ability to read classical Greek through the study and translation of adapted passages from Greek texts. You will have four one-hour classes each week.
Intermediate Greek for MA Students 1 and 2
This pair of modules aims to complete your basic instruction in Greek, and focuses on the reading and understanding of simple Greek texts. You will have four hours of seminars weekly.
Advanced Greek for MA Students 1 and 2
Paying special attention to style and language, you will examine a range of texts representative of an author, theme or genre in the original Greek. The position of the text(s) in the development of the genre will be explored alongside consideration of its social context. You will have three hours of classes each week.
It is possible to mix and match the language modules to improve both your Latin and Greek, or to take modern language modules in order to improve your ability to access relevant secondary literature.
Dissertation in Classical Antiquity
You will produce a 10,000 – 15,000 word dissertation representing the results of a research project, agreed in consultation with the module convenor and your course director. You will also cover the study of different approaches to and different types of evidence available from the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. You will be trained in research techniques and methodologies focussing on topics of controversy or current investigation in academia. You will have the opportunity to focus on topics relevant to your own interests. The module consists of a two-hour workshop each week, and students are expected to attend the department's weekly research seminar.
Professional Development modules
All students will take one of the following two modules:
Research Methods: The Laboratory of the Arts
This module builds on the research skills that students will have already developed during their undergraduate degrees and on discipline-specific MA modules. The emphasis in this module is both on ensuring students are possessed of a whole range of practical ways to approach research, and on making students think about the nature of their discipline-specific approaches within a context of growing interdisciplinarity. Students will have the chance to consider topics as varied as academic publishing, digital transformations, and the use of illustrations in dissertations. They will also have the opportunity to hear academics from across the Faculty talk about the problems they have confronted and how they overcame them. The module's primary goal is to engender both confidence in dealing with original research, and a recognition of the huge range of approaches that can be used to address research questions.
Arts in Society
The aim of the module is to prepare students for applying their arts MA across society to enhance their careers and to contribute to wider society. It will demonstrate how the arts can be used to transform society, politics and culture but also to enhance the careers of arts and humanities MA students. Students will be able to explore, explain and then detail how their disciplinary skills can impact upon wider issues to emphasise the applicability of the arts and humanities. From the role of the scholar activist to understanding ‘knowledge transfer’ and ‘public engagement’, the module will support the development of professional skills in preparation for careers within academia or across a range of employment sectors. Students will harness the ways in which the arts and humanities enable us to think differently and to innovate. As such, students will be able to work on issues of research, networking, grant-writing and cultural exchange. Students will also learn how to engage, communicate and create.
For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.