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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

About us

The Department of Classics at Royal Holloway, University of London offers a very wide range of supervision opportunities.

Our core research strengths include theoretically-driven approaches to Classics and Classical reception, Greek and Roman literature and culture, Greek and Roman archaeology (including architecture, archaeobotany and ancient dietary practices, contemporary issues in Classical Archaeology and marine archaeology), Roman history (especially military history and imperialism) and historiography, Greek oratory, law (primarily Athens and the Hellenistic world) and historiography, as well as Greek and Latin literature.

Research facilities and environment

The Department offers a wide range of forums, research and research training opportunities, access to the Institute of Classical Studies Library (one of the largest classics research libraries in the world), to a very broad range of Institute of Classical Studies and other seminars, and more.

The department operates three research centres, in Archaeology, Architecture and Material Culture, in Rhetoric and in Reception and has an active and collegial PhD student culture.


PhDs are assessed by the standard 100,000 original scholarly dissertation and a viva voce examination.

New PhD students are admitted on a probationary status and are subject to an Upgrade process which usually takes place up to 18 months after admission to the PhD program.

PhD students are assigned one or more supervisors from the Department of Classics and/or other departments where appropriate (or, in some cases, external supervisors). PhD students are also assigned an Advisor from the Department staff and are provided with support from the Director of Graduate Studies and the Department administrative team, where needed.

Your future career

Our students go on to careers in teaching, academics, museum and conservation studies and a wide range of professions.

A PhD is a longterm commitment but a higher degree in classics, ancient history or classical archaeology provides a high level of transferrable skills training and distinct competitive, professional advancement and remuneration advantages in a wide range of professional employment opportunities.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 17,400per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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Royal Holloway, University of London

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  • Campus address

    Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, England

International students will find themselves in a diverse community: students from more than 130 countries live and study at Royal Holloway.
The university welcomes and supports international students. Its dedicated team can help with any questions students may have about studying in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    16th out of 25

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    130 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.24 85%



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