MRes Ancient Maritime Trade and Navigation

General information

The MRes in Ancient Maritime Trade and Navigation is a unique course delivered in collaboration with Ca' Foscari University, Venice. This course focuses on the economic history of maritime trade, the history of shipbuilding and navigation technology in the ancient and medieval Mediterranean, and the archaeology of port infrastructures, ships and trade goods.

Programme Structure
You spend six months in Reading, taking Approaches to Maritime Trade and Navigation, Research Methods, and either a language or Coastal and Maritime Archaeology.You then spend two months in Venice working on maritime and nautical archaeology, before returning to Reading for your dissertation.

Modules include:

  • Approaches to Ancient Maritime Trade and Navigation
  • Research Methods
  • Ancient Navigation and Maritime Archaeology (taught at Ca' Foscari University in Venice)
  • Latin or Ancient Greek or Italian or Coastal and Maritime Archaeology
  • Dissertation
Learning outcome:

What career can you have?
Our Classics MRes courses equip you with vital transferable skills for a range of career paths. They also provide an ideal preparation for a PhD, or a career in teaching.
Recent graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, finance, museum curatorship, teaching, human resources, manufacturing, the police, information management and academia.

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Venue: University of Reading (Contact University)
Reading, United Kingdom

6 months in Reading / 2 months in Venice and back to Reading for the dissertation.


Open from
1 Jan 2017 to 1 Jun 2017


New UK/EU students: £7,000 per year

New international students: £14,900 per year

The fees given are for entry in the academic year starting in September 2016, and will be confirmed in your offer letter. You can find more information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.


Degree Requirements
A 2.1 or equivalent at BA level in a relevant humanities subject. You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

Language Requirements
General English language requirements for humanities programmes at Reading:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 100
  • CPE: A/B
  • CAE: A
  • TEEP: 7.0

Application Procedure:

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a postgraduate taught course at the University of Reading is through the online application service. This allows you to complete your application information, attach electronic copies of your academic transcripts, certificates and other supporting information and also provides a facility for an email request to be sent to your referees enabling them to send your supporting references directly to the University. If you are unable to apply online you can request a paper application form.

Application Deadline: there is no specific deadline to apply for most courses, and applications will be considered until the course is full. However, to allow time for processing your application you are recommended to apply by the following dates for admission in October:

  • UK students by 1st of August
  • International students by 1st of June or earlier, if possible, to ensure there is enough time to get a visa, if applicable.

Grant Opportunities:

The University of Reading is offering over 80 scholarships for postgraduate taught Masters courses, each worth £10.000 in funding. The scheme is open to UK and EU students who would be starting a postgraduate taught Masters course at the University of Reading in 2015. More information is available here.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Research
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