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Joanna Fryer

Email: history.enquiry@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7125

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

History Department Graduate scholarships may be available for this programme.

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

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Key facts

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65% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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Ancient History MA

The Ancient History MA is an intercollegiate degree programme of the University of London. It provides the opportunity to explore disciplines useful to ancient historians and to investigate auxiliary techniques which cannot usually be learned in a first degree, including archaeology, epigraphy, numismatics, papyrology, and textual criticism.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students gain a thorough grounding in the key aspects of and approaches to ancient history. They develop the ability to assess historical evidence critically and synthesise historical data from printed, manuscript, archaeological, numismatic, epigraphic, and papyrological sources, and are equipped with the tools necessary for further research in this field.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL History enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching.

UCL has one of the world's strongest traditions of research in Ancient History, from the Ancient Near East to the fall of the Roman Empire. Students benefit from individual supervision from leading historians.

Located in Bloomsbury, UCL History is just a few minutes' walk away from the exceptional resources of the British Library, the British Museum and the research institutes of the University of London, including the Warburg Institute and the Institute of Historical Research.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (40 credits), two optional modules (80 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Sources and Methods in Ancient History
  • Dissertation in Ancient History


  • Options include the following (for a full list please see our website below):
  • Greek Epigraphy
  • Latin Epigraphy
  • Greek Papyrology
  • Change and Continuity in the Ancient Near East
  • Economic and Social History of Archaic and Classical Greece
  • Territory and Identity in Ancient Greece (King's College London)
  • Roman Egypt
  • Economic and Social History of Rome (Royal Holloway)
  • Roman Britain (King's College London)
  • The City of Rome (BA/MA), (Royal Holloway)
  • Roman Britain


All students undertake an independent research project in the field of Ancient History, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures and museum visits. Most teaching is available inside UCL, but some is held in other London colleges; certain subjects are taught by staff at the British Museum. Assessment is through unseen examinations, coursework essays, 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. Knowledge of a relevant ancient language (e.g. Latin, Hebrew, Akkadian) is a prerequisite (minimum GCSE or one year's study as part of a BA degree).

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

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme provides the ideal foundation for further research work, and will also appeal to students with a first degree in a relevant background who wish to extend their knowledge through a further year of study.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Ancient History at graduate level
  • why you want to study Ancient History at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to elaborate on your reasons for applying to this programme and how your interests match what the programme will deliver.


First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • King's College London: Ancient History PhD
  • College of Law: Law Conversion Course
  • UCL: Ancient History PhD
  • Sotheby's: Internship
  • Institute of Education: Reading Recovery Administrator
  • Advent International: London Executive

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

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