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Structure of BA in Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation degree for students who first enrolled in or before September

Classes at UCL take the form of lectures and small-group seminars, as well as laboratory sessions. Most of the degree is structured around a combination of core courses, which are fixed by us, and optional courses chosen by you from a wide range of possibilities. For further details of the language components of the degree, please see the Department of Greek and Latin website.

Year 1

In your first year, you will receive a solid grounding in the both practical and theoretical methods in archaeology, as well as an introduction to the study of ancient languages. All students take the following three core courses:

  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Archaeological Problems (ARCL1007, 1 course unit, 22 weeks)
  • Introduction to Field Methods and Techniques (ARCL1006, 1 course unit, 22 weeks)
  • Ancient Language (1 course unit, 22 weeks)

You are also asked to choose TWO of the following half-unit options:

  • Introduction to Roman Archaeology (ARCL1002, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Introduction to Greek Archaeology (ARCL1004, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Texts in Archaeology (ARCL1011, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)

Year 2

The second year provides you with a more advanced understanding of archaeology and allows you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing options. All students take the following four core courses:

  • Research and Presentation Skills (ARCL2038; 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Theory and method for the archaeology of the Ancient World (ARCL2044; 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)

You are also asked to choose several option courses to the value of THREE 1 course units, of which typically one 1 course unit's worth should be from the options which consider Greek and Roman art and archaeology and two 1 course units should be from option courses in archaeology (see full list of courses on IoA website), ancient languages or the classical world (further details).

Year 3

In your third and final year, you continue to develop knowledge of particular subject areas through a choices of many course options, but are also given the chance to reflect critically on your fieldwork experience during the degree (see below) and to write a 10,000 word dissertation on a detailed subject that you will choose with the help of a supervisor. More precisely, all students do the following:

  • a Fieldwork Portfolio (ARCL3056; 0.5 course unit) or Field Study Tour Report (ARCL3057, 0.5 course unit)
  • a Dissertation (ARCL3024; 1 course unit)

You are also asked to choose several option courses to the value of 2.5 course units from the wide range of 2nd and 3rd year courses available each year. Of these, 1 course unit's worth should be from Greek and Roman art and archaeology options (see full list of courses on IoA website) and another 1 course unit's worth from the Classical world options (further details), leaving a final half an element that can be chosen from any of the other available options (see full list of courses on IoA website).


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