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Durham University: Ancient Philosophy

Institution Durham University View institution profile
Department Classics and Ancient History
Telephone 0191 334 1000
Study type Taught


This is a specialist course geared towards preparing you for higher research in ancient philosophy - partly through direct research training, and partly through modules taught by experts in their field in small-group seminars. Durham has a longstanding tradition of international excellence in the field of ancient philosophy, with several recent doctoral students having gone on to take up academic positions in the UK and abroad. The course lasts for one year full-time (two years part-time).

*Course Structure *

You will take modules to a total of 180 or 190 credits. The structure of the course is as follows:

  • Language module in an ancient or modern language relevant to research in the area of Classics (20-40 credits)

  • Core module in Ancient Philosophy (30 credits)

  • 15,000-word Dissertation (60 credits)

  • Optional modules (50–80 credits).

MA modules are 30 credits; you may substitute two 20-credit undergraduate modules for one MA module. You may also take up to 40 credits of modules offered by other Departments (subject to approval).

Not all modules will be offered every year, and new modules (both optional and core) are added regularly.


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