Why?• A way of staying in touch with Classics and Ancient History• Classical Subjects a boom area: since 1999, c. 450 centres have started to offer GCSE/ A- level in Classics/Class Civ/Ancient History/Greek/Latin• Opportunities to move into other subject areas
Teaching• Starting point: Teaching Development Agency: http://www.tda.gov.uk/• Applications through Graduate Teacher Training Registry: http://www.gttr.ac.uk/• The deadline for primary school PGCE is 1/12/11
Possible Routes• PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) route: usually subject specific• GTP (Graduate Teacher Programme)• BEd (3 years full time)
Teaching Ancient History/ Classics (1)• ONE ROUTE is the PGCE in Classics• Cambridge, Kings’ College London• Require a good degree in a classical/ancient history subject• A-level standard Latin
Teaching Ancient History/Classics (2)• Classics PGCE requires Latin to A-level standard; is very competitive• Option to take a PGCE History: introduce Ancient History to your school!
JACT• http://www.jact.org/• Website for information on classical teaching• Worth joining and cheap - £16 for a student membership• Two free journals: Omnibus and Journal of Classical Teaching
Why do an MA?Good reasons:• Want to learn more!• Preparation for a PhD in Classics & Ancient History.• Preparation for a Classics PGCE.• Increase employability, develop ‘transferable skills’….
Why do an MA?Less good reasons:• Addicted to student life.•Can’t get a job.• Don’t know what else to do.
Outcomes: At the end of the MA, students will:• demonstrate the enhancement of previously acquired skills at amore critical, reflective, and sophisticated level, especially skillsinvolving synthesising information from a variety of sources,historical and/or literary interpretation, exercising independentand critical judgement.•understand and respect the ‘otherness’ of the past by developingspecialist knowledge about one or more aspect of Graeco-Romancivilisation.• be able to design and complete a substantial piece ofindependent research.• work effectively as autonomous scholars.• be able to understand complex problems and communicatethem clearly in oral and written form, with the help, whereappropriate, of visual or graphic aids.
Course Structure and ContentYou take 180 credits, made up of: 1. Research training: 30 credits. (‘Core seminar’: covers, e.g., epigraphy; commentaries; literary theory; numismatics; reception studies…) 2. Three taught course-units: 3 x 30 credits 1. Greek or Latin (at any level: Beginners to Advanced III) (or a modern language: French, Italian, German). 2. Dedicated M.A. course-units (range of topics in Greek and Roman history, literature, and culture). 3. ‘Directed Reading’ units. 3. Dissertation: 60 credits (12-15,000 words)
Specialist ‘Pathways’:• City of Rome (includes course at British School at Rome).• Greek Myth and Society.
Contact hours, workload, assessment, lifestyle…• Contact hours for each 30-credit unit: from 6 hours (‘one-on-one’ tutorial-styleteaching for Directed Reading) to 33 hours (for Language courses).• Each 30 credit unit requires (at least!) 300 hours of work: much of it independent.• Assessment is usually by extended essay (6000 words) or by examination.• The course lasts for 12 months (Sept – Sept); undergraduate vacations do not apply.• You will be able (and encouraged) to become an active member of the DepartmentalResearch Community, by (for example): • Attending our weekly research seminar. • Participating in the staff-postgraduate Monday Lunch. • Attending conferences and seminars held in the department.• You will be able (and encouraged) to become an active participant in the national (orinternational!) research community by (for example): • Attending specific training courses and events organised on a national level. • Participating in major conferences held outside Manchester (Classical Association Annual Conference, Annual Meeting of Postgraduate Ancient Historians, etc etc…)
Part-time Options:It is possible to take the MA over 2 years. This will usually involve:• Year 1: 2 x 30 credit units (usually: Research skills + Language); begin work ondissertation.• Year 2: 2 x 30 credit units; complete dissertation (60 credits).• Timetabling can be flexible, but you will need to be able to attend University at leasttwo days per week (usually Monday + Thursday).
Costs• Tuition fees: £5000 FT (or £2500 + c.£2500 PT)• Maintenance: c.£5000?• [Those on the ‘City of Rome’ pathway who attend theBritish School at Rome course will face additionalmaintenance costs of c.€2000.]
Grants, bursaries, etc• No central (government) funding for the MA.• Some assistance available at School/Departmental level (one ortwo partial fees bursaries).• Rylands Achievement Awards: £500 towards fees forManchester graduates with first-class degrees.• Access bursaries to assist with maintenance costs (twoavailable in the School).
Application• Apply online:http://www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduatestudy/apply/• Provide two academic references.• Applications are assessed individually and on merit. But ...• we usually expect applicants to have (or be on course for) a 2.1(including a 2.1 in the undergraduate dissertation).• Deadline: if you are applying for funding: 15 Feb 2012. Otherwise:any time before the end of August 2012.
Next steps….• Talk to your Academic Advisor, dissertation supervisor, course tutors, etc…• Talk to the Postgraduate Programme Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)• Look out for details of funding opportunities (should be advertised by email/onlinewithin the next two weeks).• Read prospectuses; compare courses. (nb: you can apply to as many MA programmesas you like).