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University of Newcastle

Newcastle , New South Wales ,Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Classics)

Research in Ancient History and Classical Languages at the University of Newcastle (UON) covers a wide field of interest, but a particular focus is Roman History and Literature.

PhD and Masters by Research students will benefit from UON's emphasis on promoting a superior understanding of ancient culture by close reading of ancient texts, and applying contemporary techniques to analysis of all aspects of the ancient world.

The approach to the ancient world is multidisciplinary, and is intended to provide perspectives on the role played by the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome on the development of the modern world.

Subjects covered include the social and political life of ancient societies, classical literature and mythology, and its reception, as well as a limited amount of archaeology, with an emphasis on the shape of urban life. The discipline subscribes to the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens and keeps abreast of contemporary developments in the archaeological field internationally.

Ancient History and Classical Languages at UON has particular strengths in the area of Alexander the Great and his successors, and late Republican and early Imperial Rome. Other significant highlights include Roman social history, ancient biography, gender and sexuality, and the reception of Classical culture.

What you can research
Research Proposals are invited in the following areas:

  • Roman History: later Republic, early Empire
  • Alexander and his successors
  • Suetonian biography
  • Gender and reception


  • June

Application Processing Time in Days: 14

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

  • 3 Years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

(1)To be considered for admission to the University, Higher Degree by Research applicants will be required to:

have met the relevant English language proficiency requirements as described in the English Proficiency Policy.
have satisfied the minimum academic requirements described in the relevant Award and Program Schedules;
have met any other additional admission requirements that may be prescribed  by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation);
be a minimum of 16 years of age at 1 March of the year of admission. Applicants under the age of 16 years may apply directly to the Vice-Chancellor for consideration.

(2) The Assistant Dean (Research Training) is authorised to prescribe additional admission requirements when considering an admission to candidature. This may include a requirement for the applicant to undertake an examination(s) or carry out such work as prescribed.

(3) The Assistant Dean (Research Training) is authorised to refuse admission to candidature when appropriate supervision and resources are not available. Whether appropriate supervision and resources are available will be determined by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) on recommendation from the School.

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