Study this programme anywhere in the world and receive a fully accredited University of London degree

PhD in Classical Studies

PhD Programmes

Available to study anywhere in the world

Founded in 1953, the Institute of Classical Studies (ICS) is a national and international research centre for the study of the languages, literature, history, art, archaeology, and philosophy of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

PhD study in Classics
The Institute of Classical Studies offers expert doctural research in the classics and ancient history fields.

The Institute offers doctoral research supervision in broad areas of classics and ancient history including:

  • Digital editing of inscriptions, papyri or manuscripts
  • Digital approaches to prosopography, onomastics or geography
  • Impact of digital methodologies on classical scholarship or teaching.

With guidance from our expert supervisors, you will carry out extensive independent research culminating in a thesis of up to 100,000 words.

How to Apply 

Before agreeing to accept you, the School will require you to submit a research proposal, so it is worthwhile having this drafted ahead of a formal application. Once you have contacted the School, you will be put in touch with a potential supervisor.

Distance learning

Students are required to attend our London campus at set intervals to complete an intensive research training module, for upgrade, and for the viva but will otherwise study at their own location. This option is available to UK, EU and international students on the same basis as our on-campus PhD programmes (three years full time, six years part time). Fees are the same as for our on-campus PhD programmes. Please note that not all institutes and supervisors offer this option, and that some topics are not appropriate to be studied this way.

This programme is also available to be studied on campus in London. Visit the School of Advanced Study website to find out more about potential supervisors and subject areas, as well as details about available funding opportunities and more information about distance learning research degrees. 

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