MA in Roman History and Archaeology

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages

Program Description

MA in Roman History and Archaeology

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages

MA in Roman History and Archaeology

This unique MA is designed for students who wish to adopt a twin-tracked approach to the past by using both historical and archaeological evidence. The aim of the programme is to provide research training in preparation for further study for a PhD or for a career outside academia that requires research skills. A key focus of the MA is on the cities of the Roman Empire, including the capital, Rome. There is also the possibility of specialising in the study of age, gender and ethnicity, as well as taking modules in the wider history and archaeology of the Roman period.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

  • CL805 - Contemporary Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Issues
  • CL900 - Research Skills in Ancient History - Understanding the City in Antiquit
  • CL807 - Settlement and Society in the Transmanche Region during the Iron Age
  • CL820 - The Political, Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic World:An
  • CL821 - Ancient Greek Science: Astronomy and Medicine
  • CL897 - CL Dissertation


The programme is assessed by coursework for each of the modules and by the dissertation.

Learning outcomes

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • provide research training in the subject area of Roman history and archaeology
  • expand your depth of knowledge of key subject areas in Roman history and archaeology
  • attract outstanding students, irrespective of race, background, gender or physical disability from both within the UK, and EU, and also from overseas
  • develop new areas of postgraduate teaching in response to the advance of scholarship
  • provide you with skills to equip you for a further career either for doctoral research in Roman history and archaeology, or in employment with, the use of these transferable skills
  • develop your competence in applying skills to analysis of a diverse body of ancient evidence
  • develop your critical and analytical powers in relation to the ancient material
  • provide you with the skills to adapt and respond positively to change
  • develop critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and the transferable skills to prepare you for graduate employment
  • enhance the development of your interpersonal skills
  • provide you with opportunities for shared multidisciplinary learning with religious studies and philosophy
  • assist you to develop the skills required for both autonomous practice and team-working.

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • a complex range of disciplines, cultural relationships and varied geographical regions at an advanced level
  • the research skills associated with the use of ancient evidence to produce historical and archaeological narratives and analyses that engage with the most recent development in research in Roman history and archaeology
  • basic philosophical issues by thinkers of very different cultural and linguistic assumptions from our own
  • the nature of the societies and political systems of antiquity
  • familiarity with an appropriate and diverse range of primary materials: material culture, epigraphy, papyrology, literature, visual material, and history
  • a broad and systematic knowledge developed within a coherent framework of complementary subjects, including archaeology and history.

Intellectual skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • how to apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry
  • how to evaluate research and a variety of types of information and evidence critically
  • how to synthesise information critically from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice
  • how to apply strategies for appropriate selection of relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge
  • how to utilise problem-solving skills
  • how to analyse, evaluate and interpret the evidence underpinning archaeological, historical, linguistic and literary evidence critically.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • have an advanced understanding of another culture, whether focused on its archaeology, history, literature, thought, art and religion, or its history and political and social organisation, or its material culture, demonstrate a critical engagement with it, develop an informed sense of the similarities and differences between it and our own culture
  • have a broad knowledge, developed within a coherent framework, of complementary subjects, drawn from such fields as archaeology, history, art, literature, linguistics, language, and philosophy, or theme-based topics which cross the boundaries between them (eg religion, gender studies), and periods
  • familiarity with, and be able to evaluate, an appropriate and diverse range of primary materials, eg archaeological and historical texts, art objects, and inscriptions.
  • command a range of techniques and methodologies, such as bibliographical and library research skills, a range of skills in reading and textual analysis, the varieties of historical method, the visual skills characteristic of art criticism, use of statistics (eg in archaeology), philosophical argument and analysis.

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means
  • the ability to evaluate your own academic performance
  • the ability to manage change effectively and respond to changing demands
  • the ability to take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development (personal development planning)
  • the ability to manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage personal emotions and stress
  • the ability to understand your career opportunities and challenges ahead and begin to plan your career path
  • the ability to information management skills, eg IT skills.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Part time
Full time
5,100 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Canterbury, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 5,100 GBP
full-time for UK/EU