Research degrees in Classics

Doctoral research supervision is available in broad areas of classics and ancient history including:

  • The Economy of the Roman Empire
  • Roman Religion
  • Ancient Literacy and the Ancient Book
  • Cultural Identity in the Ancient World
  • 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 Prof. Greg Woolf and Dr Gabriel Bodard.

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 and UCL. The competition for fully-funded studentships opens in December each year.

Further information from the School of Advanced Study.


Professor Greg Woolf

+44 (0)207 862 8702

Greg's research concerns the history and archaeology of the ancient world at the very large scale. Current projects include books on urbanism and on mobility, and ongoing collaborations on ancient library culture with former colleagues in St Andrews. He is an associated fellow at the Max Weber Kolleg in Erfurt where, along with Professor Jörg Rüpke, he leads a major research project, funded by the Humboldt Foundation, into the role of sanctuaries in forming religious experience.



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.