Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
- £18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
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).
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of one core module (40 credits), between two and four optional modules (80 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
- Sources and Methods 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)
- Propaganda and Ideology in Rome
- Ancient Rome on Film
- Greek and Latin language at various levels
- Lived Religion in Ancient Greece
All students undertake an independent research project in the field of Ancient History, which culminates in a dissertation of up to 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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- £2,500 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
- £7,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
Top career destinations for this degree
- Senior Intelligence Analyst, British Transport Police
- Editorial Assistant, Bloomsbury Publishing
- Diplomat Desk Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Management Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers
This degree allows students to develop an enviable range of skills which not only provide an outstanding foundation for those wishing to undertake PhD research and pursue an academic career but is popular with students wishing to go into journalism, the civil service, business, museums and heritage and the education sector. Debates, small group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills for their future career. Likewise the analytical and research skills gained by students on this programme are highly valued by employers from a range of industries. There are many additional activities available, both within the department and the wider UCL community, to help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here, for example, departmental careers talks and networking opportunities with history alumni.
Why 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.
Student / staff ratios › 39 staff including 8 postdocs › 101 taught students › 46 research students
"The strong research skills and content knowledge gained as I was guided through UCL has made me a strong and capable educator."
Jessica BainAncient World Studies MA (2005)
Application and next steps
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.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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