Postgraduate Students

Entry requirements

Find out about the admission criteria and required qualifications for the online MSc in Ancient Worlds.

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Applications are assessed individually against the entry criteria. Applicants who do not have a background in the specific subject areas are welcome to apply. It is, however, preferable to have some previous experience at honours level in any relevant arts, humanities or social science field, relevant experience or a professional degree qualification.  The Admissions Committee need evidence that you will be able to undertake study relevant to the Ancient Worlds programme at graduate level. As such, it is essential that you have passed at least some courses in Archaeology, Classics or Ancient History (note, not a full degree) at honours (upper undergraduate) level.  

Any requests for transfer of credit must be indicated at the application stage and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Credit can only be given against coursework that has not been used towards any previous qualification and must have been obtained in one of the above topics and that can be aligned with content offered in the MSc Ancient Worlds (online learning) programme. Requests should be sent to the Programme Administrator ( for consideration and should be accompanied by a full syllabus/course descriptor for any courses you wish to be reviewed. Late requests for transfer credit cannot be considered.


Who can act as my referee?

We prefer applicants to provide academic references in your application, ideally from someone involved in your undergraduate or postgraduate study, however we are aware that this is not always possible. If an applicant is unable to obtain an academic reference, we will accept a professional one, however your referee must be able to comment on your academic ability and potential suitability for postgraduate study.

References must have been written within the last year.