Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
- Flexible: 3-5 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.
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: Good
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.
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The programme enables students to study in depth key aspects of the languages, literatures and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome (and their reception). 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.
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).
- Research Methods
- Choose three modules in the following areas of study:
- Religion and Philosophy
- Art and Archaeology
- Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
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 twelve 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.
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 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.
- £4,000 towards fees (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
- £1,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
The MA is an ideal springboard for a PhD programme, and students will find unique opportunities to acquire skills in the handling of documentary evidence particularly valuable for further research. 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.
Why 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 Library 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.
Student / staff ratios › 14 staff including 1 postdocs › 30 taught students › 35 research students
Department: Greek & Latin
"UCL has a great library as well as a fantastic location to access the Institute of Classical Studies, the British Library and British Museum, and art galleries, museums and theatres that are hosting the latest classical performances or exhibitions."
Professor Maria Wyke
Professor of Latin
"UCL is determined to ensure its academic research also has a positive, public impact. In my department, there were plenty of opportunities to teach Latin and Greek in schools, to volunteer with classics charities, and to offer opinions on the programme and the running of the department. It was through these types of activities that I was introduced to my employers. Study at UCL offers the opportunity to meet other like-minded people, and this certainly aided my career progression."
Xavier Murray-PollockClassics MA (2014)
"It was during my time at UCL that I developed my interest in world cultures, and in particular Persian/Iranian culture and language, which then led to my PhD research and academic career."
Sofia KoutlakiClassics MA (1988)
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 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.
- 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 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