Students in the PhD program undertake a course of study that leads to a major, original research project on a topic of interest in the literatures, history and material cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. The program consists of several stages designed to ensure that students have broad knowledge in the range of subfields common to the study of antiquity and a substantial knowledge base in their particular are of intellectual enquiry, the subject of the dissertation. We have a small but growing group of PhD students engaged in a wide range of research projects, working closely with award-winning faculty supervisors. Each PhD student writes a number of exams at each stage of the program, including Greek and Latin translation exams, exams that test reading knowledge of the modern languages in which scholars often write (German, French, Italian), Comprehensive Exams (broad knowledge) and a Special Field exam that tests preparation for writing the PhD thesis.
The strength and reputation of our PhD program is a result of our internationally renowned faculty, world-class facilities, and the students who thrive in an intellectually stimulating environment. Western is pleased to offer Own Your Future, a unique Doctoral professional development program that supports students in their academic studies and career engagement. Through Own Your Future, students will develop insight into their current and evolving skill set. To learn more, visit www.uwo.ca/ownyourfuture.
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
In exceptional cases, there is a possibility for direct entry to the Ph.D. program; these decisions are made at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Department.
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
Applications received after January 15 are contingent on space availability and funding.