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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

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

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.

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

Options

  • Dedicated reception modules have included:
  • Homer's Legacy
  • Rome on Film
  • Ancient Greek Theatre and its Reception
  • The Classical Past in Modern Greece
  • Julius Caesar and his Afterlife

  • Students can also choose from the full menu of modules available for the Classics MA which includes:
  • Greek or Latin Papyrology
  • Greek or Latin Epigraphy
  • Virgil
  • Medieval Latin Literature

Dissertation/report

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Reception of the Classical World MA

Funding

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

Lloyd Scholarship in Greek

Value:
£1,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective graduate students from Greece applying to study Greek.

Housman Awards for MA students

Value:
£4,000 towards fees
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
All MA students in the Department of Greek and Latin.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

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 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.

Student / staff ratios › 13 staff › 30 taught students › 35 research students

Department: Greek & Latin

Degree reviews

Staff review

"UCL has a great library as well as proximity to the Institute of Classical Studies and the British Library."

Professor Maria Wyke

Subject: Professor of Latin

Application and next steps

Applications

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
2015-07-31

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 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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