Master’s: History, Civilisations and Heritage - Classical Literatures - DEFLE - French as a Foreign Language

Master’s: History, Civilisations and Heritage - Classical Literatures



The Master’s in History, Civilisations and Heritage includes theory-based, methodology-based and applied course units, whilst an important role is also given to research activity.

This Master’s programme comprises three subject pathways (‘Classical Literatures’, ‘Medieval Studies’ and ‘Ancient History’), which are geared towards professions in research, heritage and teaching. The subject pathways draw chiefly on the scientific output of university lecturer-researchers and of the researchers affiliated with the Université Bordeaux Montaigne joint research unit, Ausonius. This multidisciplinary research team, which is recognised internationally, brings together specialists in Hellenistic and Roman texts (literary specialists and philologists) with historians and archaeologists of Ancient and Medieval history. The specialised course units taught within the three subject pathways provide an in-depth study of the sciences from Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages, their specific interrogations and their unique methodologies. Moreover, students become familiar with research activity in these fields: they attend seminars and scientific events held by the Université Bordeaux Montaigne joint research unit, Ausonius.

Students are sometimes also involved in the organisation of these events. Ultimately, one of this programme’s priorities is to encourage openness between these close and complementary disciplines and so some of the seminar units are merged with other programmes. It is this multidisciplinary approach that makes this Master’s programme – which is the only one of its kind in France – so original. 


The Master’s in Classical Literatures is one of the three possible subject pathways that can be chosen within the Master’s in History, Civilisations and Heritage.

The programme aims to shape future specialists in Classical languages and cultures. In both the first and second year of this two-year programme, students study in greater depth the generalised learning they acquired during their undergraduate Licence degree in Classical Literatures. This is via pathway-specific seminar units, in which they will learn about key current research trends, the methods used and the interrogations underway. Among these seminar units is a textual sources workshop entitled From the Text to its Interpretation, which aims to document and shed light on the history of classical texts from Antiquity to the Renaissance via a range of approaches. These look at contexts and methods of production, channels of transmission and propagation and questions of interpretation and reception.

Students of Classical Literatures also have the option of complementing their studies with an advanced and demanding introduction to the other sciences from Classical Antiquity. This is thanks to ‘taster’ seminars units. These are seminar units selected from the other two pathways within this Master’s programme, or from the Master’s programme in Archaeology and Sciences for Archaeological Purposes. This is in keeping with the spirit of Classical Studies as practised elsewhere in Europe and North America. The link with French literature remains central as students have the opportunity to follow (if they wish) a seminar unit in French literature, which is merged with the Master’s programme Research into Literary Studies within the Department of Literature and Humanities.

The ‘Classical Literatures’ subject pathway also includes classes in Greek and Latin language, which are specifically dedicated to Classical Literatures and which are merged with the Master’s for Future Teachers (Master MEEF). 

Students must produce a ‘pre-dissertation’ in the first year and a full dissertation in the second year. These projects represent a key learning process with regard to research skills. In addition, students may attend colloquiums, study days and seminars run by the Université Bordeaux Montaigne joint research unit, Ausonius. In some cases, students may also be invited to participate in the organisation of these events. 



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