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Information Session on the Master of Ancient History Degree

By Paul McKechnie

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An Excerpt from Paul’s Talk:

The first year is described as including ‘advanced undergraduate’ work, but you have to have a degree to get in. The other thing you have to do is ‘Research Frontiers’.

For postgrad study in Ancient History at Macquarie there are two paths you can follow. One of them can lead to the PhD, and one can’t. The one which can is the Master of Research (MRes), and the other one is the Master of Ancient History (MAncHist).

If what you are dreaming of is the highest studies in Ancient History, and if you’re dreaming of an academic career, the Master of Ancient History isn’t where you start. You really must get into the Master of Research. If like Adam Smith you believed the story market forces were telling you, you’d realize this, because for the MRes degree we don’t charge fees, and if you are undertaking the BPhil/MRes as a domestic full-time candidate you will be eligible in the first year for a stipend of $8000. That is, we pay you to study. Naturally the money comes from Canberra, and it comes because it’s the government’s priority to get people on the research training pathway.

For the Master of Research, if you’re a full-time domestic student, the estimated annual fee is AUD $19,680. No Commonwealth Supported Places are available. In brief, for this degree, you pay us megabucks.

Of course it’s worth it, and that brings me back to the theme of the Master of Ancient History degree [slide]. You start with a completed bachelor degree, but you don’t have to have a major in Ancient History. You don’t have to study an ancient language (which you do, in order to get into the MRes). As long as your bachelor degree includes some units about the ancient world, I’ll be glad to admit you to the MAncHist. If not, you have to start by enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Ancient History.


Paul McKechnie

Associate Professor Paul McKechnie has a DPhil (1985; Ancient History) from University College, Oxford. From 1984-1987 he was Assistant Master in Classics and Religious Education, The Perse School, Cambridge, and from 1987-1991 Head of Department of Classics at Kamuzu Academy, Malawi. From 1991-1998 he held a Lectureship in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Auckland. In 1998 he became Senior Lecturer, a position he held until joining Macquarie in 2007 as Associate Professor, CORE in Ancient Cultures, in the Department of Ancient History and a member of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre.