Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2015/16)

Overseas fee

£15,660 (2015/16)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance


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Dr Lily Kahn

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Ancient Languages BA

UCAS code: 0R8U

This unique degree offers training in an unparalleled range of ancient languages and their associated history, culture and textual traditions. Students study Hebrew and either Greek or Latin throughout the programme, plus up to three additional languages chosen from a wide selection including Akkadian, Aramaic, Egyptian, Sumerian, Syriac and Ugaritic.

Degree benefits

  • Our unique programme provision combines concentrated study of Greco-Roman and Semitic philology, providing students with a unique insight into the key linguistic and textual traditions of the ancient world.
  • Based within UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies and UCL Greek & Latin, students will also have access to the teaching facilities and expertise available university-wide, including in archaeology, ancient history, and linguistics.
  • Access to a remarkable collection of ancient language resources in the UCL and SOAS Libraries; and to the special collections in the British Library and British Museum.
  • UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies and UCL Greek & Latin are highly regarded worldwide, with Greek & Latin ranked #3 for Classics in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2015.

In year one you will take courses in Biblical Hebrew, either Latin or Greek, and introductory historical linguistics. You will additionally be able to start studying a third and, if desired, fourth ancient language, drawn from an extensive selection (see the list given in the Degree Structure table). Ancient language courses include intensive study of texts spanning diverse literary genres including historical narrative, prose fiction, poetry, mythology, and religion. Alternatively, you can choose up to 1.5 credits from a wide range of disciplines including archaeology, history, linguistics.

In year two you will continue your study of Biblical Hebrew and Greek or Latin. You will also begin or continue study of a third (and possibly fourth or fifth) ancient language. Again, you have the opportunity to choose a course from another discipline.

In year three you will take advanced courses in Biblical Hebrew and Greek or Latin. You may also continue study of a third (and possibly fourth or fifth) ancient language, an option from another discipline, or a dissertation.

Your learning

Teaching will be delivered by a combination of lectures, seminars and small-group tutorials. Students will be expected to undertake independent reading/study both to consolidate what is being taught and to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject.


Assessment will be by a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of language assignments, in-class tests and essays.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
Introduction to the Study of Language
Greek or Latin at the appropriate level

Optional courses

You will select 1.5 credits of optional courses, which may include a third language* and up to 1.0 credit of courses taken from other disciplines.

* Third language: Akkadian, Aramaic, Egyptian, Greek, Latin, Sumerian, Syriac or Ugaritic. (Additional languages, e.g. Hittite, Luwian, Sanskrit, etc. are available from other University of London colleges subject to faculty approval.)

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
Greek or Latin at the appropriate level
A third language at the appropriate level

Optional courses

You will select 1.0 credits of optional courses

Year Three

Compulsory courses

Advanced Biblical Hebrew
Greek or Latin at the appropriate level

Optional courses

You will select 2.0 credits of optional courses; these may include an extended essay (0.5 credits) or final-year dissertation (1.0 credit).

Further details on department website: Ancient Languages BA


For information on syllabi and bibliographies:

Search ReadingLists@UCL for the course code or title.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB
Subjects An ancient or modern language at grade A, unless an ancient and a modern language are offered at GCSE with grade C or above.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 36
Subjects A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5, to include an ancient or modern language at grade 6 unless an ancient and a modern language are offered at GCSE with grade C or above.

Other qualifications

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You will gain skills such as critical thinking, oral and written communication and time-management, as well as the mental agility and versatility that comes with learning languages.

Graduates from this degree programme will be well placed to pursue further study relating to the ancient world or linguistics, or careers in law, community work, the diplomatic service, education, museum and archival work, the media, and executive roles in the private or public sector.


As the first cohort of students for this programme will not graduate until 2017, there is no career destination information available. First destinations of recent (2010-2013) graduates from Hebrew and Jewish Studies and Classical World programmes at UCL include:

  • Assistant librarian, The British Library (2012)
  • Teacher, Yavneh College (2011)
  • Full-time student, MA in Ancient History at UCL (2011)
  • Curator, English Heritage (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

In your application we will be particularly interested in your motivation to study the subject, and of your interest in broad matters of language, literature and culture. We will also be interested to learn of experiences you may have had relating to the degree progamme subject matter, such as courses attended, museums visited, travel, and wider reading.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


The selection process is conducted on the basis of your UCAS application and personal statement. If you receive an offer of a place on the programme, you will be invited to visit UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies and UCL Greek & Latin as well as a tour of the campus.

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