Rome


Study ancient and modern Rome in the Eternal City

Taught in English and based at Canterbury, with the spring term spent at our centre in Rome.

Kent’s postgraduate centre in Rome combines our specialist teaching and research with the facilities of the American University of Rome and the cultural and learning opportunities that the City can offer.

The MA (Rome) offered by Classical and Archaeological Studies examine the textual and material evidence for a wide cross-section of the ancient world and includes three convergent research and teaching pathways: ancient history, classical literature, and archaeology.

The MA (Rome) offered by History and Philosophy of Art examines the art of Rome across two millennia and examines the changing face of the eternal city. It focuses on the renaissance and baroque, and on artists such as Raphael, Caravaggio and Bernini.

Our Rome programmes


MA in Ancient History with a Term in Rome

Attendance: one year full-time, two years part-time.

The MA in Ancient History with a Term in Rome has a focus on research training that will place students in a strong position for further study for a PhD or for careers outside academia that require research skills.

The programme provides a full study of the use of a variety of types of evidence that is underpinned by a core module focused on interpretation.


MA in Roman History and Archaeology with a Term in Rome

Attendance: one year full-time, two years part-time.

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.


MA in History & Philosophy of Art (with a term in Rome)

Attendance: one year full-time.

The MA in History and Philosophy of Art with a Term in Rome includes research training that will place students in a strong position for further study for a PhD or for careers outside academia that require research skills. The programme provides a full study of the use of a variety of types of evidence that is underpinned by core modules focused on interpretation and on knowledge of the city.

Course and general enquiries

Prof Ray Laurence, Director,
University of Kent at Rome,
School of European Culture and Languages,
Cornwallis Building,
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF
E: rome@kent.ac.uk

Or, contact the Recruitment and Admissions Office.

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Key facts

Study the civilization of Rome from the best possible vantage point - the city of Rome itself - and enjoy at the same time the vibrant atmosphere and dynamic social and cultural life of the city with its fabulous bars, restaurants and cafes.

Dr Ellen Swift, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Kent

  • One or two year programmes
  • Taught in English
  • Based at the University of Kent campus at Canterbury
  • The spring term is spent at The American University of Rome, located in the picturesque Trastevere district, a short bus ride from the historic centre of Rome
  • Dedicated teaching facilities in both locations
  • Ongoing programme of cultural and social events
  • Full academic guidance and pastoral support
  • The University of Kent is a recognised institution for the approval and disbursement of US and Canadian loans. UK postgraduates may use Career Development Loans to finance this programme of study.
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Academic outcomes

The Kent at Rome academic programme and associated activities are designed to increase cultural knowledge, to heighten social and historical awareness and to broaden intellectual and imaginative horizons.

Through the programme of taught modules and independent research for a dissertation, you are encouraged to fulfil your analytical, creative and communicative potential, thereby developing essential transferable skills.

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Professional prospects

Your experience of living and studying for your MA in two countries will not only be memorable but will also be professionally advantageous: at the end of the year, you will have acquired an internationally recognised qualification and will have proved to prospective employers that you can rise to the challenge of successfully living and working in an international environment.

Alternatively, for graduates wishing to continue along an academic trajectory, a Kent at Rome Master’s provides an ideal basis for research leading to a PhD.


Why choose these programmes?

  • Acquire a valuable postgraduate qualification in 12 months of study, sharing the academic year between two great cities: Canterbury and Rome
  • Develop your analytical and communication skills while enhancing your CV and your international credentials
  • Use English for your MA while enjoying the opportunity to develop other language skills
  • Join vibrant postgraduate communities at the University of Kent in Canterbury and in Rome
  • Work with a team of internationally respected academics and prestigious visiting speakers
  • Study the culture and history of Rome in beautiful surroundings in the heart of the city
  • Be involved in the research culture, arts scene and local community in both Canterbury and Rome
  • In Rome, use the research resources and other opportunities offered by major libraries, museums, and surviving ancient sites and monuments

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Last Updated: 21/03/2014