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Greek and Roman Studies

Explore the ancient world through Greek and Roman Studies at UVic. We’re committed to the study and preservation of the cultures of the Greek and Roman Worlds. In our dynamic MA and PhD programs, you’ll earn a foundation in history, literature, and archeology. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be ready to face the unique challenges of the modern world.

Degree programs offered

Explore classical language, history, literature and archeology. You’ll spend your first year doing directed readings and working with your supervisor. In your second year, you’ll prepare a thesis that focuses on a particular area or question of interest to you. We encourage you to explore areas that have been under-represented in past scholarship.

All applicants must demonstrate a well-rounded knowledge of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

In our PhD program, you’ll apply the ancient world’s knowledge to contemporary issues. You’ll create a meaningful and productive dialogue between the past and the present. During your time with us, you’ll begin to establish yourself as a professional, delivering papers at conferences and travelling for your research.

Our PhD program offers four thematic research areas:

  • interconnectivity in the ancient Mediterranean world
  • technology in the ancient world
  • social and economic history
  • gender and identity studies in ancient Greece and Rome
Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA 2 years Yes No
PhD 4 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Archeology
  • Ancient history
  • Ancient languages & literature
  • Interconnectivity in the ancient Mediterranean world
  • Technology in the ancient world
  • Social and economic history
  • Gender and identity studies in ancient Greece and Rome

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Gregory D. Rowe

Associate Professor Interests: Roman History:Greek and Latin epigraphy, Roman public and private law, Jewish and early Christian history.

Alejandro G. Sinner

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Adviser Research focus: social, economic and cultural history of Roman Spain and the western provinces. Most notably, published research in Iberian numismatics and epigraphy, demography, household archaeology, cultural change and identity formation, pre-Roman languages and archaeological method and theory.

Brendan Burke

Professor Greek archaeology; Aegean Prehistory; Anatolian archaeology; currently Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Classical Studies at ASCSA

Cedric A.J. Littlewood

Professor and Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) Silver Latin poetry, especially Senecan tragedy and Roman satire.

Darrel Janzen

Sessional Instructor Early imperial Latin literature & Roman history; spatial approaches to Latin literature and Roman culture; conceptions of identity and difference in society; ecocriticism; historiography, early modern Latin literature

Ingrid E. Holmberg

Associate Professor and Chair Early Greek poetry: Homer, Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and archaic lyric; particular interest in narrative and gender theory.

J. Geoffrey Kron

Associate Professor Greek and Roman social, economic, and political history, most notably democracy and oligarchy; economic development, particularly agriculture, living standards, nutrition, housing, and trade; social inequality, social welfare, slavery and labour exploitation; and ideologies of social inequality, most notably capitalism, racism, and colonialism

Justin Dwyer

Sessional Instructor Greek and Roman comedy; ancient theatre and material culture; Hellenistic Greece and Republican Rome; Greek and Latin pedagogy

Laurel M. Bowman

Associate Professor Greek literature (tragedy, Hellenistic literature, especially epigram); literature and gender; classical myth; reception studies; myth in popular culture.

Mark Nugent

Assistant Teaching Professor Greek and Latin language pedagogy; Imperial Greek literature; Greek and Latin novels, esp. Petronius; gender and sexuality in Greek and Roman culture; reception studies, esp. historical fiction and film

Trevor Van Damme

Limited Term Assistant Professor and Graduate Advisor Greek art and archaeology, household archaeology, ceramics and society, socio-economic inequality in ancient economies, collapse and resilience, and the archaeology of religion

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: February 1 for September entry.
  • The application deadline for students who don’t need funding is June 30.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-8514.

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