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Contact details

Professor Christopher Carey

Email: c.carey@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7522

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

Several funding options may be possible for applicants to this programme, including: Arts & Humanities Faculty Awards and UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

Greek and Latin

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

65% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Classics MA

This intercollegiate MA is taught in collaboration with King's College and Royal Holloway, colleges of the University of London. The programme draws on the wealth of expertise across the three colleges and students benefit from full access to all courses. The programme attracts students from Europe and North America as well as the UK.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme enables students to study in depth key aspects of the languages, literatures and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. It equips students with the tools necessary for further research including training in the use of digital resources online, library catalogues and archives to develop their critical and conceptual understanding.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Greek & Latin is recognised as one of the leading international centres for postgraduate study and research in the ancient world, with a large staff of international experts in Greek and Latin literature, papyrology, ancient history, and classical art and archaeology.

UCL's central location provides easy access to an unrivalled range of resources for the study of the ancient world. UCL's excellent research facilities include the library of the Institute of Archaeology and the Edwards Library of Egyptology, while the British Museum, British Library, Senate House Library, Warburg Institute and the Institute of Classical Studies are all nearby.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (flexible 3–5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of a research methods module (non credit-bearing), three taught modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Research Methods

Options

  • Choose three modules in the following areas of study:
  • Language
  • Literature
  • Reception
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • History
  • Art and Archaeology
  • Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project in classical language, literature, thought or the classical tradition. The project culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught in small seminars or classes, rarely exceeding a dozen participants. Students are expected to prepare for class each week, typically by reading preparatory material and texts in the original Greek or Latin. Student performance is assessed through coursework essays, unseen examination, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

It is recommended that applications are submitted by the end of January, although later applications will continue to be considered until the programme is full up to 2 August 2013. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with either Greek or Latin at advanced (typically BA) level, who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of the languages and literatures of ancient Greece and Rome, with a view to further research or as a qualification in its own right.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Classics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Classics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic background and training meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go subsequently with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

The MA is an ideal springboard for a PhD programme, and students will find the unique opportunities to acquire skills in the handling of documentary evidence particularly valuable for further research in Classics. Many students go on to pursue research at UCL and in other institutions; others have developed their skills in teaching, journalism, cultural management or the financial sector.

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


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