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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- Flexible 3-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
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).
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:
Several funding options may be possible for applicants to this programme, including: Arts & Humanities Faculty Awards and UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students.
Scholarships available for this department
For academic merit in the Department of Greek and Latin. There is no application process. All eligible students will automatically be considered.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
It is recommended that applications are submitted by 31 January, although later applications will continue to be considered until the programme is full up to 1 August 2014.
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
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.
Professor Chris Carey
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"UCL has a great library as well as proximity to the Institute of Classical Studies and the British Library."
Professor Maria Wyke
Professor of Latin
"The university is also a gateway for accessing a broader philosophy scene in London, such as the Aristotelian Society and the Institute of Philosophy."
Junior Research Fellow, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University
Subject: Philosophy, Faculty: Arts and Humanities