Reception of the Classical World MA
The Reception of the Classical World MA investigates the interactions of later ages with the cultures of the ancient world across a variety of media, making extensive use of London's unique resources of literary, historical and artistic study and research.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- Flexible up to 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?
Students gain a thorough grounding in the key figures, narratives, art forms, concepts, and social, religious and political practices of the classical world that have been most put to use by later cultures. They are equipped with necessary research tools, including training in the use of digital resources online, library catalogues and archives.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
This programme makes extensive use of the unique features of UCL: its central location, diverse international expertise and interdisciplinary outlook. Students benefit from research tours of nearby resources, such as the British Museum, the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Sir John Soane's Museum, and the British Film Institute.
UCL Greek & Latin is recognised as one of the leading international centres for postgraduate study and research in the ancient world. Students profit from the large range of courses on offer - from within the department, from other departments in UCL, and from the intercollegiate Classics MA programme.
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).
All students undertake an independent research project on a subject related to the reception of the classical world, which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000–15,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and research visits to relevant institutions. Seminars will provide practical tuition in bibliographic searches and the use of a variety of electronic databases. Student performance will be assessed through unseen examination, coursework essays, 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.
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English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for students with a first degree in Classics, Classical Civilisation, History, Art, Archaeology, Modern Languages, or Comparative Literature who wish to develop their understanding of classical culture, as a foundation for further research or as a qualification in its own right. Knowledge of Ancient Greek or Latin is not required.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you are keen to commit yourself to the advanced study of classical reception
- why you wish to study classical reception at UCL
- how your academic training and/or other experience relates to classical reception
- which area of classical reception you might explore in your MA dissertation
- why you consider the Reception MA an attractive programme
- what you hope to achieve by completing the Reception MA
The MA is an ideal springboard for a PhD programme. 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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