Students on this flexible three-year programme may choose from a vast range of modules covering ancient history, literature, languages and archaeology. It offers great flexibility in the possible combination of modules and provides an entry to the Classics for those who have not studied Greek or Latin at school.
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 5 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 54 (2017 entry)*
- No specific subjects.
- English Language at grade B, Mathematics at grade C and an ancient or modern foreign language at grade C (to be attained prior to admission).
- A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
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
A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher)
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB.
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
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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.
- UCL Greek & Latin ranked in the top three universities in the UK for classics by the Guardian University Guide 2015.
- You will have access to an unparalleled range of course options, from Roman Love Poetry to Greek Palaeography, from Ancient Greek Religion to Roman Epic.
- UCL has excellent library facilities, and is ideally situated close to world-renowned resources such as the British Museum, the British Library, and the Institute of Classical Studies.
- The lively student-run Classical Society organises an annual Classics play (a Greek or Latin drama in translation) shown at the nearby Bloomsbury Theatre, as well as other events.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
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 and 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.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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).
This flexible programme offers an almost entirely free choice of courses covering classical literature, history and archaeology, and does not require prior knowledge of Greek or Latin. In the first year, all students must take at least 1.0 credits of either Latin or Greek – they continue with this same language in the next year to complete the 1.5 credit requirement. All students must take one history course and one archaeology course in their first year. There is also one compulsory core course. In the third year, students must take the Extended Essay option as one of their course choices.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Approaches to the Ancient World
1.0 credits of Latin or Greek
You will select 2.5 credits from a wide range of optional modules, to include:
at least one archaeology module
at least one history module.
0.5 credits of the Ancient Language chosen in the first year
You will select 3.5 credits from a wide range of optional modules.
Essay on an approved subject
You will select 3.5 credits from a wide range of optional modules.
You will be taught through lectures, seminars and small-group work. Some sessions involve direct study of artefacts, including access to the collections of the British Museum.
Most modules combine both in-course continuous assessment and end-of-year written examinations, although a few modules are assessed solely by one or other of these methods.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Ancient World BA.
Knowledge of languages such as Latin and Greek will allow you to develop mental agility and versatility, equipping you with the ability (amongst other things) to learn modern languages with comparative ease, opening up a wider range of possibilities in the future.
The Ancient World BA is a rigorous and broad-ranging degree which qualifies you for a remarkably wide variety of jobs. The Classical Society hosts regular talks from former students, which may help guide you in your future career choices.
Career destinations in recent years have included: graduate study, teaching, law, computing, accountancy, marketing, banking, music (classic and popular), acting, the media, business, the voluntary sector, local government and politics.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) from Classical World programmes at UCL include:
- Commercial Assistant for Drama, BBC
- Editorial Assistant, Headline
- Analyst, Rabobank Group
- Marketing Executive, WPN Chameleon
- Financial Consultant, JDX Consulting
*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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
“UCL Greek and Latin had the flexibility and range of modules that I was looking for, which allowed me to integrate the study of ancient languages with classical literature, ancient history, philosophy, and archaeology. Assisting at alumni panel sessions also enabled me to get professional and personalised advice on career choices and application strategies.”Jorge Daniel Díaz - Ancient World BA (2014)
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.
- UK/EU students
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas students
- £16,130 (2016/17)
Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
Entry to the degree is competitive so it is important you highlight your interest in and passion for the subject in your application. In addition to meeting the academic standards stated, we look for dedication and self-motivation, good communication skills and a real enthusiasm for your chosen area of study.
How to apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
Application deadline: 15 January 2017
Each application is carefully assessed. Those candidates being considered for an offer will be invited to an applicant open day, which will include a lunch with staff and current students where you can discuss the degree programme, living in London and studying at UCL, and take a tour of the campus.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students