The Ancient Civilisations (MRes) offers students whose interests centre on the study of ancient world (Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Bronze Age Aegean and ancient China) the opportunity to take a specialist research-intensive degree tailored to those interests and to pursue their own independent research to a further extent than in an MA.
The MRes is suited for students with a proven penchant for independent research. The MRes includes 2 taught modules worth 60 credits, but the main focus of the degree is on a longer piece of individual research (30,000 words). Applicants are required to discuss their proposed research with the School before application, and the proposed research must be in one of the areas of supervision offered by the staff from ancient Egypt, the Neolithic Near East and Bronze Age Aegean, Cyprus or Levant, Mesopotamia and ancient China.
The Ancient Civilisations (MRes) begins with a specialist Research Methodology module introducing students to the multiple sources, materials, theories and methodologies for the study of ancient world. Students then have the opportunity to choose one module focusing on an aspect of ancient civilisation of their choice (religion in the Neolithic and Bronze Age East Mediterranean, art from Meopotamia to the Aegean, Egyptian or Chines religion). The choice of taught modules gives students not only the opportunity to explore areas that they might not have had the opportunity to study before, but also to specialise in a specific aspect of the ancient world in preparation for the MRes dissertation.
The dissertation is the greater part of the Ancient Civilisations (MRes), as students have the opportunity to conceive and research a topic of their own design of greater length and depth than the MA dissertation.
This enables those students with a greater preference for independent research, and perhaps with a clearer sense at the start of the programme of what they would like to base their research upon, to undertake in-depth research within a structured programme of study. It will also provide students with an excellent introductory pathway into further study at MPhil or PhD level.