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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 (see below).
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 Csaba La'da (research) and Dr Dunstan Lowe (taught) are presently Directors 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 Postgraduate Office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.