Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Field of Study:Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
Areas of Research:Ancient History; Archaeology; Classics
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)


Students in the PhD program undertake a course of study that leads to a major, original research project on a topic of interest in the literatures, history and material cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. The program consists of several stages designed to ensure that students have broad knowledge in the range of subfields common to the study of antiquity and a substantial knowledge base in their particular are of intellectual enquiry, the subject of the dissertation. We have a small but growing group of PhD students engaged in a wide range of research projects, working closely with award-winning faculty supervisors. Each PhD student writes a number of exams at each stage of the program, including Greek and Latin translation exams, exams that test reading knowledge of the modern languages in which scholars often write (German, French, Italian), Comprehensive Exams (broad knowledge) and a Special Field exam that tests preparation for writing the PhD thesis.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Students applying to the Ph.D. program are normally required to possess an M.A. in classics, having achieved an average of at least 80%.
    Application Notes : Applicants are required to submit a completed application form, transcripts, a statement of their research interests and a sample of academic written work, normally a sample term paper or thesis chapter. All applicants must also arrange for the submission of three letters of recommendation.

    A Complete Application Consists of the Following:
    1. A completed Application through School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
    2. An electronic copy of transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate studies
    3. Three letters of recommendation from referees familiar with the applicant's recent academic work
    4. Official proof of proficiency in English (TOEFL), for all students whose first language is not English
    5. A sample of written work in English, such as a recent graduate term paper or thesis chapter
    6. A list of academic awards, achievements, honours or other distinctions you have received
    7. A list of Greek and Latin authors read, and specify whether they are in the original language or in translation
    8. A list of Greek and Latin courses taken. (Minimum of four years of Greek and Latin).
    9. A statement of "Proposed Plan of Study" of approximately 500 words
    10. Discuss any other information you feel would be important to the Graduate Admission Committee in evaluating your application.
    11. Describe any professional employment experience you have that you feel is relevant to the field of studies you plan to pursue.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 11, 2022