The Classical Mediterranean MA, PGDip, PGCert, by distance learning

MA, PGDip, PGCert, by distance learning, 2 years

As a period of cultural history, the scope and influence of the classical age is staggering. In this degree, you’ll study the history and archaeology of the time, as well as the role classical antiquity plays in the modern world.

Course Description

This postgraduate degree provides an exciting and challenging forum for you to explore the archaeology and history of the Classical Mediterranean world. You will study and interpret evidence from the Mediterranean to gain a deeper understanding of the societies and economies that shaped classical antiquity.

Our course questions the ways in which the classical past may be reconstructed and will equip you with the analytical skills to identify the debates surrounding textual and material sources, and encourage you to interrogate current perceptions of Greek and Roman societies.

During the course, you will learn to engage more critically with archaeological issues and debates, developing skills in the analysis and evaluation of data of many kinds and from many sources. We seek to equip you with a broad critical understanding of both the potential and the limitations of different forms of archaeological evidence and develop your ability to present and use your sources effectively.

You will be taught by staff with an impressive range of expertise and specialisms that are exceptional in Britain. With many ancient historians as well as classical archaeologists among our staff we are uniquely placed to explore this material and our expertise extends geographically from southern Gaul to North Africa and Syria. You can opt to take our Study Tour in the Mediterranean module which is a one-week research tour, offering you the chance to meet our expert staff face-to-face.

This Classical Mediterranean MA is ideal if you are seeking to become a researcher in Archaeology or Ancient History, or if you want to enhance your professional career in archaeology, classical studies, museum or related contexts, as well as for existing professionals in heritage or related fields who have a particular interest in this area.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

What’s the difference?

You will do four modules on both the MA and PGDip courses, and MA students will go on to write a 15,000 word dissertation. To gain a PGCert you need to complete two modules.

Key Facts

Start date:
February, May, August and November each year
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Why Leicester?

We have over 25 years’ experience of offering high quality distance learning courses. Over 36,000 students have graduated from our distance learning courses.

We are a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, and hold a Small Chartered Business Award in recognition of our role in helping to kick-start British enterprise.

Our wide range of option modules provide you with the flexibility to tailor your study around your interests.

Course Structure

Core modules

Plus your dissertation (MA only)

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Choose two option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Key Dates

Start date: 10 February 2020
Application deadline for February 2020 start: 27 January 2020

Start date: 8 June 2020
Application deadline for June 2020 start: 25 May 2020

Teaching and Assessment


All of your modules (except the Study Tour) are delivered by distance learning. Our courses will give you the flexibility to study from any location within a structured and supportive framework. You will receive excellent support from our expert archaeology and ancient history academics and professionals. We understand you are combining study with external commitments and you can defer your studies if necessary.

You will receive specially prepared self-study materials by post and additional teaching material will be made available electronically through the virtual learning support environment, Blackboard. You will have access to the library’s special service for distance learning students.

During the course, you will be allocated an academic tutor for each module and you will receive one-to-one supervision throughout your course.

On the MA you will have the option of participating in a study tour in the Mediterranean, either as an assessed or non-assessed module. The study tour will take place over a period of ten days, and involves visiting a range of classical sites, monuments and museums. If you take the tour as an assessed module you will be expected to prepare coursework based on activities you do on the tour. Previous tour locations have included Rome, Athens and Attica; and Istanbul and western Turkey.


Each of the modules you choose will be assessed using at least two written assignments. You will be provided with detailed written feedback on each piece of work that you submit for assessment. All of your assignments will be assessed by two markers who are academics or professional archaeologists.

Distance Learning

Online learning is an important feature of this course, therefore it is essential that you have reliable, regular access to the internet (preferably with a broadband connection) in order to participate.

As a distance learning student, you will have access to the University Library’s electronic service, the Leicester Digital Library, which includes a large number of e-journals and e-books. You are also welcome to join campus-based activities (by prior arrangement) at any time.

If you live close to Leicester you can, of course, visit the Library in person. For UK-based students who wish to use other libraries, we can issue you with a card which allows you to do so. This is a national scheme which allows distance learning students to borrow material from up to three other participating libraries.

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree in archaeology (or anthropology in North America) or classical studies.

We will consider applicants who do not have a degree but have extensive professional archaeological experience.

If you have a 2:1 degree in a different subject area we may make you a conditional offer on the basis of you first taking some of our undergraduate modules as ‘bridging’ courses.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 (7.0 in writing preferred) or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Fees and Funding

This is the total course fee. You will pay this fee wherever in the world you live.

Starting in February 2020 or June 2020

  • MA: £10,300
  • PGDip: £6,860
  • PGCert: £3,430

Career Opportunities

Our archaeology and ancient history courses are designed to enable you to develop your skills and knowledge, whether to enhance your career prospects, proceed to further study, or for general interest.

There are opportunities to develop your practical skills, and employability skills are embedded throughout our curriculum. Consequently, our courses are highly valued by employers who will recognise the key transferable and subject-specific skills gained.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
The Classical Mediterranean MA 2 years by distance learning February, June and October each year Apply Now
The Classical Mediterranean PGDip 18 months by distance learning February, June and October each year Apply Now
The Classical Mediterranean PGCert 8 months by distance learning February, June and October each year Apply Now