The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Classical and Archaeological Studies staff at Kent are active researchers with wide expertise in the Ancient World. Staff supervise research students taking MA, MPhil. and PhD degrees; we also have taught MA programmes.
If you are thinking of embarking upon a research degree please contact a staff member with appropriate expertise in your chosen field of interest. Dr Arthur Keaveney is presently Director of Postgraduate Studies in Archaeology and Classics, and can also answer your general enquiries. Questions to do with applications can be addressed to the School's Secretary for postgraduate students.
We have several MA programmes in Archaeology. One is a general MA in Archaeology. The others include a focus in part around the archaeology regions and periods, such as our MA in the Archaeology of the Transmanche or our MA in Roman History and Archaeology. All aim to provide a platform suitable for progression to research studies (ie. MPhil/PhD), as well as professional/vocational development and training, and are designed to cater for the broad range of interests prospective students are likely to have at this level. Dr Willis is the convenor of both these programmes and you can contact him for details (see below).
We also offer opportunities for study outside the UK. For example, the MA in Archaeology and the MA in Roman History and Archaeology offer options to study for a term in Rome; our MA in Heritage Management is located at key heritage sites on the outskirts of Athens.
We also have a Classics and Ancient History taught MA programme in the Hellenic and Hellenistic Near East, which focuses on the eastern Greek world and its relations with neighbouring civilisations. Its primary aim is to deepen students’ knowledge of Hellenic antiquity, preparing them for research for the MPhil and PhD degrees, as well as providing general skills and development useful in most professional careers.
Taught Masters programmes
The MA in Ancient History 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 MA provides a full study of the use of a variety of types of evidence that is underpinned by a core module that is focussed on interpretation. A wide range of modules in both Greek and Roman History are offered that can be chosen as part of the MA. This allows students not only choice, but the ability to specialise in a particular area of the subject. Full details.
Similar to the programme above, but with a term resident in Rome at the American University of Rome, taking core module Rome: Ancient Sites, Excavations and Museum Collections in the Modern City taught by Kent staff, plus one of a range of option modules taught by the AUR focused on ancient history in and around Rome. Full details.
The MA introduces students to the archaeology of selected themes, evidence types, periods and regions, through a distinctive and unique programme, relating this to wider spheres of information and understanding in archaeology. It provides students with a robust grounding in theories, methods and approaches within contemporary archaeology (covering, for instance, phenomenology and materiality) through a core taught module. Students can then specialize in selected periods, regions and evidence types through a range of taught and directed study modules. The programme aims to engage students directly with first-hand archaeological evidence, exploring areas such as the relationship of sites to their wider landscape and cultural setting, processes of continuity and change within the archaeological record, and the interpretation of material culture. The teaching is geared towards students’ interests and career needs where possible. Full details..
The MA in the Archaeology of the Transmanche follows a similar structure to the above programme, but includes a regional focus, considering the rich archaeological record of southern and eastern England, the near continent and the southern North Sea hinterland. This distinctive Masters offers an opportunity to study what has been a remarkably vibrant and dynamic region, formative in many turns in the history of Europe and which has experienced marked cultural developments and events, traced by buildings, artefacts and landscape change. The students taking the Programme will be interested in using it as a preparation for a research degree, for vocational training or for their interest. The teaching is geared towards students’ specific interests and career needs where possible. Full details.
A new Master's programme aimed at those who want to understand the contact between the Greek-speaking world and the Near East through the literature, language, history and religion of the period. Run by the Classical and Archaeological Studies Department in conjunction with programmes on General Archaeology and the Archaeology of the Transmanche. Taught by internationally renowned scholars specialising in the study of the contact between the Greek and non-Greek cultures. Further information. Full details.
The MA in Heritage Management is a unique programme combining the worlds of archaeology and business and is taught in Athens at Eleusis, an area of world-class archaeological significance. It focuses on teaching the skills required for the management of heritage sites across the world and how to work effectively with archaeologists, architects, conservators, marketing and education specialists whilst also fundraising and supervising specific projects. Full details.
This unique MA is designed for students who wish to adopt a twin-tracked approach to the past by using both historical sources and archaeological evidence. The focus of the MA is on research training in preparation for further study for a PhD or for a career outside academia that require research skills. A key focus of the programme 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. Full details.
Similar to the programme above, but with a term resident in Rome at the American University of Rome, taking core module Rome: Ancient Sites, Excavations and Museum Collections in the Modern City taught by Kent staff, plus one of a range of option modules taught by the AUR focused on ancient history and archaeology in and around Rome. Full details.