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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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£9,840 (FT) £4,970 (PT)
£20,540 (FT) £10,430 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

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.

International students

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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Degree information

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.

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

  • Approaches to the Reception of the Classical World

Optional modules

Dedicated reception modules have included:

  • Rome on Film
  • Ancient Greece on Stage
  • Dionysus in Rome
  • Athens in Ancient and Modern Political Thought
  • Students can also choose from the full menu of modules available for the Classics MA which includes:
  • Sophocles
  • Cicero
  • Dionysus in Rome
  • Greek or Latin Papyrology
  • Greek or Latin Epigraphy
  • Medieval Latin Literature


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 coursework essays, unseen examination and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Reception of the Classical World MA


Several funding options may be possible for applicants to this programme, including: UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students, Arts & Humanities Faculty Awards, and Greek and Latin departmental awards.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Bob Sharples Studentships in Classics

£2,000 (1)
UK, EU, Overseas students

Bunnell Lewis Graduate Scholarship in Latin

£4,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students

Goldsmiths Graduate Scholarship in Greek

£4,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students

Lloyd Studentship in Greek

£2,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Malden Graduate Bursary in Greek

£4,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students

Stephen Instone Studentship in Classics

UK, EU, Overseas students

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Editorial Assistant, McMillan
  • Classics, The University of Oxford
  • PhD Classics, Princeton University
  • Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL)
  • Research Degree: Greek and Latin, University College London (UCL)


The MA in Reception offers a wide range of skills highly valued by employers, such as advanced literary, advanced oral communication, the ability to abstract and synthesise information, the ability to construct and manage arguments, independent and critical thinking on difficult issues, competence in planning and executing essays, presentations and projects, self-motivation, information technology skills (including the ability to access and evaluate electronic data), team work, cooperation, and good time management. Students go on to employment in many sectors, including advertising, publishing, education, law, finance, libraries and museums, and the culture industries (including theatre and the media).

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why 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 Institute 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 benefit from the large range of modules offered by the department, by other departments at UCL, and by the intercollegiate Classics MA programme.

Department: Greek & Latin

Student / staff numbers › 14 staff including 2 postdocs › 35 taught students › 35 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Greek & Latin
76% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"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
Student view

"As both a mature student and as a graduate from the Open University I found the support that UCL gave me to adapt to full-time study at postgraduate level invaluable."

Amanda Bristow

Reception of the Classical World MA
Student view

"Spending two weeks in Orvieto and Rome as part of an optional taught module transformed my understanding of the dynamics of Roman political and social formation, and gave me lasting friendships. The range of seminar series and conferences opened to postgraduate students is also phenomenal, and brings scholars from around the world to London."

Joe Dodd

Reception of the Classical World MA

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 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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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 of the Classical World MA an attractive programme
  • what you hope to achieve by completing the Reception MA

As a complement to the essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to give us a sense of your specific interests within the field of classical reception and to outline how the course will help you to develop them.

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