This unique degree offers training in an unparalleled range of ancient languages and their associated history, culture and textual traditions. Students study Hebrew and either Greek or Latin throughout the programme, plus up to three additional languages chosen from a wide selection including Akkadian, Aramaic, Egyptian, Sumerian, Syriac and Ugaritic.
- Degree Programme
- Ancient Languages BA
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- An ancient or modern language at grade A, unless an ancient and a modern language are offered at GCSE with grade C or above.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5, to include an ancient or modern language at grade 6 unless an ancient and a modern language are offered at GCSE with grade C or above.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, with D3 in an ancient or modern language
A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher), including an ancient or modern language at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AA. An ancient or modern language required.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- Our unique programme provision combines concentrated study of Greco-Roman and Semitic philology, providing students with an unparalleled insight into the key linguistic and textual traditions of the ancient world.
- Based within UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies and UCL Greek & Latin, students will also have access to the teaching facilities and expertise available university-wide, including in archaeology, ancient history, and linguistics.
- Access to a remarkable collection of ancient language resources in the UCL and SOAS Libraries; and to the special collections in the British Library and British Museum.
- UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies and UCL Greek & Latin are highly regarded worldwide, with Greek & Latin ranked #3 for Classics in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2015.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
In year one you will take courses in Biblical Hebrew, either Latin or Greek, and introductory historical linguistics. You will additionally be able to start studying a third and, if desired, fourth ancient language, drawn from an extensive selection (see the list given in the Degree Structure table). Ancient language courses include intensive study of texts spanning diverse literary genres including historical narrative, prose fiction, poetry, mythology, and religion. Alternatively, you can choose up to 1.5 credits from a wide range of disciplines including archaeology, history and linguistics.
In year two you will continue your study of Biblical Hebrew and Greek or Latin. You will also begin or continue study of a third (and possibly fourth or fifth) ancient language. Again, you have the opportunity to choose a course from another discipline.
In year three you will take advanced courses in Biblical Hebrew and Greek or Latin. You may also continue study of a third (and possibly fourth or fifth) ancient language, an option from another discipline, or a dissertation.
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
Introduction to the Study of Language
Greek or Latin at the appropriate level
You will select 1.5 credits of optional courses, which may include a third language* and up to 1.0 credits of courses taken from other disciplines.
* Third language: Akkadian, Aramaic, Egyptian, Greek, Latin, Sumerian, Syriac or Ugaritic. (Additional languages, e.g. Hittite, Luwian, Sanskrit, etc. are available from other University of London colleges subject to faculty approval.)
Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
Greek or Latin at the appropriate level
A third language at the appropriate level
You will select 1.0 credit of optional courses
Advanced Biblical Hebrew
Greek or Latin at the appropriate level
You will select 2.0 credits of optional courses; these may include an extended essay (0.5 credits) or final-year dissertation (1.0 credit).
Teaching will be delivered by a combination of lectures, seminars and small-group tutorials. Students will be expected to undertake independent reading/study both to consolidate what is being taught and to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject.
Assessment will be by a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of language assignments, in-class tests and essays.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Ancient Languages BA.
You will gain skills such as critical thinking, oral and written communication and time-management, as well as the mental agility and versatility that comes with learning languages.
Graduates from this degree programme will be well placed to pursue further study relating to the ancient world or linguistics, or careers in law, community work, the diplomatic service, education, museum and archival work, the media, and executive roles in the private or public sector.
As the first cohort of students for this programme will not graduate until 2017, there is no career destination information available. First destinations of recent (2010-2013) graduates from Hebrew and Jewish Studies and Classical World programmes at UCL include:
- Full-time student, Graduate Diploma in Law at the BPP Law School (2013)
- Assistant Project Worker, Barnardos (2013)
- Librarian, Brunel University (2013)
- Librarian, the British Library (2012)
- Full-time student, PhD in Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2011)
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
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Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £15,660 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.