For postgraduate (MA and PhD) admissions please see our postgraduate pages
Where to go and what to study
There are many excellent institutions at which you can study the
Ancient World - and they are all very different. Each institution has
its own particular atmosphere, and its own particular range of courses,
taught in its own particular style. Some will be better suited to your
own interests and personality than others, so it is a good idea to find
out as much as you can about any institution you are thinking of
applying to, and the programmes they offer.
On this page you will find links to some primary sources of information about the study of the Classical world at UCL, such as the Classical World prospectus and the general UCL prospectus, but you will also find some information not in either prospectus, such as further details of our degree programmes and of the admissions process. If you can't find the information you are looking for, or if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to email the Admissions Tutor, Dr Jenny Bryan.
About the Department
of Greek and Latin is one of the top-rated Classics departments in one
of the top-rated universities in the UK, and indeed, one of the top-rated universities in the world. Within the department are
specialists in the fields of literature, philosophy, historiography,
linguistics and papyrology, and the department's expertise ranges from
the earliest beginnings of the classical world to its influence on the
art and thought of the present day.
The department is located close to some of the finest resources for the study of the classical world in Britain: not only does UCL have an excellent classics library, but the British Museum, the British Library, Institute of Classical Studies are all less than a few minutes' walk away. When you need a break from your studies, the University of London's Student Union and Fitness centre is just round the corner, and for shopping Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street are in easy walking distance.
About the admissions process
The UCAS form and after
The first stage of the admissions process is the completion and submission of your UCAS form. We will get in touch when your UCAS form arrives to let you know that we have received it. If you have included an email address on your UCAS form, then we will acknowledge receipt of your application with an email to that address, so do keep checking it.
Processing the forms
On the basis of these UCAS forms, we then decide who we are going to send out questionnaires to. We judge every UCAS form on its own merits, and many factors go into this decision, but an enthusiastic personal statement, a good reference, good predictions and a strong set of exam results are certainly important.
We send out questionnaires in two batches, one around November for early applications and then a second round in late January. The questionnaire is designed to assess your knowledge and enthusiasm about both the Ancient World and UCL in general. For those applying to study Classics, it will include a question involving a brief translation. You answers should not cover more than a side or two of A4, so we're not expecting an essay!
Having considered all of the applications and questionnaires, we will then make conditional offers. This usually happens by mid March. Those who receive offers will be invited to a departmental open day in late March. The open day usually lasts about four hours and includes talks from staff and students, lunch, samples lectures and tours of UCL given by our current students.
Life after UCL
Classics, Classics with Year Abroad and Ancient World Studies are all rigorous and broad-ranging degrees which qualify students for a remarkably wide variety of jobs. Career destinations in recent years have included: graduate study, teaching, Law, computing, accountancy, marketing, banking, music (classical and popular - let's not forget Chris Martin and Tim Rice-Oxley were both UCL Classicists!), acting, the media, business, the voluntary sector, local government and politics. The UCL Careers service provides general guidance to students, and there are also a number of specific talks aimed at those studying the classical world.
Visits, Opens Days, Talks
If you are very keen to visit the department or talk to someone about studying the Classical World at UCL, do get in touch with the admissions tutor, Dr Jenny Bryan. It may be possible to arrange something.
All members of the department are happy to give school talks etc. Feel free to get in touch.
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