Research degrees in Classics

For academic year 2021-22 the Institute of Classical Studies will be pleased to accept applications in the following areas:

Digital classics including:

  • Digital editing of inscriptions, papyri or manuscripts
  • Digital approaches to prosopography, onomastics or geography
  • Impact of digital methodologies on classical scholarship or teaching

under the supervision of Dr Gabriel Bodard.

and (from January 2022)

  • History of Classical scholarship
  • Reception of Greek and Roman antiquity from the 18th to the 20th centuries
  • Greek and Roman literature
  • History of political thought
  • Gender history

under the supervision of Professor Katherine Harloe.


How to apply

To make an application for a research degree, please contact the Manager of the Institute. A particular research interest may be able to be supported, even though it is not listed.

It is possible to arrange co-supervision with particular experts in the Colleges of the University of London and, on occasion, with experts from institutions outside the University (e.g. the British Library, the British Museum, or other higher education institutions).

Further details about the application process, fees, and helpful information for prospective students can be found here.




The School of Advanced Study is a member of the AHRC-funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) together with King's College London, LSE, QMUL, RCSSD, RCA, RCM and UCL. The competition for fully-funded studentships opens in November each year.

Further information from the School of Advanced Study.




 Dr Gabriel Bodard

+44 (0)207 862 8752


Gabby teaches classes and workshops on digital methods for classicists and archaeologists as well as summer schools on digital encoding for ancient epigraphy and papyrology internationally. He specialises in digital epigraphy, is collaborating on several major corpora of inscriptions (Aphrodisias, Tripolitania, Cyrenaica, Northern Black Sea) and Papyri ( and is a co-author of the EpiDoc Guidelines for XML encoding of ancient documents. He is the principal investigator of the Standards for Networking Ancient Prosopographies project.



Prof Katherine Harloe

Photo by Matthew Knight




 Professor Katherine Harloe

Katherine is an interdisciplinary classicist whose research spans the history of classical scholarship, the reception of Greek and Roman antiquity in European culture from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, Greek and Roman literature, the history of political thought and gender history. She is known particularly for her work on the eighteenth-century scholar Johann Joachim Winckelmann, the so-called 'father' of classical archaeology, and has also published on authors ranging from Sappho, Thucydides and Pausanias to Hannah Arendt and Walter Pater. She is currently working on a study of Winckelmann's queer love letters, which explores their relation to ancient and early modern traditions of Latin and vernacular epistolary education and literary and philosophical contexts of the European Enlightenment. She is also principal investigator of 'Beyond Notability: Re-evaluating Women's Work in Archaeology, History and Heritage in Britain, 1870 - 1950', a three-year (2021 - 24) project that explores the potential of research into historical archives to uncover hidden histories of scholarship.