About This Course
CKE40 Full-time; CKE41 Part-time;
1 year Full-time; 2 Years Part-time
Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
EU Fees 2020
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2020
Candidates should hold an honours primary degree with a 2H1 (or equivalent) in Ancient History, Greek, Latin, Greek & Roman Civilisation or a related discipline. Candidates who hold an honours primary degree with a 2H2 will also be considered subject to the approval of the programme selection committee. See Requirements for full details.
Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply
Non-EU Closing Date
7 September 2020
The MA in Roman Studies is either a one-year degree, taken full time, or two-year degree, taken part-time. It allows students to develop language skills in both Latin and Greek, while also developing their knowledge of the history, art, and literature of the Roman Imperial period and of the manner in which these were transmitted through the medieval and into the modern periods. It better equips students with the research and writing skills necessary in order to undertake a PhD on some aspect of Roman Studies.
The programme consists of two equal parts of 45 credits each, the first consisting of taught modules, the second of a minor research dissertation.
In part one, students take 30 credits of language modules in both Latin and Greek, and 15 credits of modules in areas of Roman history and culture, or the transmission and reception of such, all in translation. Latin and Greek can be taken either at beginner’s level or at some more advanced level. At the more advanced level, the texts studied all relate to the Roman Imperial period.
In part two, students work closely with an academic supervisor to complete a 20,000 word minor research dissertation on a topic of their choosing within the broad area of Roman Studies, taken to include Late Antiquity also.
Please click HERE to see details of the Postgraduate Diploma in Ancient and Medieval Languages which focuses on the development of skills in two or more ancient or medieval languages.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
There will be an average of 10 hours of language classes or lectures per week, spread throughout the week, during the teaching term. The beginner’s module in Latin (LT6001) is taken by a variety of students doing postgraduate programmes run by other departments also.
Assessment in the taught component of the course varies from module to module, but usually combines some form of continuous assessment, whether class tests or essays, with an end of semester examination, with the majority of marks for the final examination. The dissertation, worth half of the total mark, and undertaken under the supervision of a member of staff, reflects the importance of independent research.
Who teaches on the course
The Department of Classics has a strong track record in Roman Studies, with academic staff specialising in different aspects of Roman Studies. They all have extensive records of publication in leading international journals or with major university presses.
Dr. David Woods Research Profile: a specialist in the military and political history of the Roman Imperial and Late Antique periods, as well as in Roman and Byzantine numismatics.
Dr. Catherine Ware Research Profile: a specialist in the literature of the Roman Imperial and Late Antique periods, particularly in the poetry of Claudian and Latin panegyric.
Dr. Stephan Faust Research Profile: a specialist in the art of the Roman Imperial and Late Antique periods.
Ms. Vicky Janssens Research Profile: College Language Teacher, expert teacher of Greek and Latin at beginner’s level.
Why Choose This Course
This is the only MA in Ireland specialising in Roman Studies. The fact that it places such emphasis on the learning of Greek and Latin prepares students particularly well for independent research at the PhD level.
Skills and Careers Information
The MA in Roman Studies provides a broad training suited for those interested in careers in the cultural and heritage sectors as well as in the education sector. A good basic knowledge of Latin, combined with an ability to pursue independent research, will prove particularly useful for those involved in the maintenance of museum and library collections, historical archives, and the numismatic trade.
Potential career paths include jobs involving historical archives, museum collections, the numismatic or antique trades, teaching.
Candidates should hold a primary degree with a Second Class Honours Grade 1 (or equivalent) in Ancient History, Greek, Latin, Greek & Roman Civilisation or a related discipline.
Candidates who hold a primary degree with a Second Class Honours Grade 2 will also be considered subject to the approval of the programme selection committee.
Some applicants who do not fulfil the usual entry requirements may be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €6,000.
The Non-EU fee for this course is €13,000.
If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment:
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
How can I pay?
By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary forms requested for your course.
Please log into PAC for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to answer a specific additional supplementary question as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of this additional/supplementary question is available to view here: CKE40AdditionalQuestions
The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th JuneApply Now