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Dr Fiachra Mac Góráin

Email: classicsoffice@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4571

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Subject area:

Classical World

Faculty overview:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Department website:

Greek and Latin

Key Facts

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Latin with Greek BA

UCAS code: Q6Q7

This programme offers the opportunity to develop expertise in two ancient languages simultaneously, while developing a sophisticated critical approach to the ancient world through essay work. Students will focus on Latin in years two and three, following more courses in this language.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB
Subjects Latin grade A required.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs 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

IB Diploma

Points 36
Subjects A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Latin at grade 6, with no score lower than 5.

Other qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • One of the top-rated Classics departments in one of the world's top-rated universities, and one of the top three classics departments in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise.
  • 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.
  • You will have access to an unparalleled range of options, from Roman Love Poetry to Greek Palaeography, from Ancient Greek Religion to Roman Epic.
  • 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.

The main emphasis of the programme is on the study of Latin and Greek texts in the original language. Each year you will take a total of 4.0 course credits. The choice of options is very wide, but the language element follows a set pattern. You must take at least 1.0 credits of Latin-based courses and at least 1.0 credits of Greek-based courses in your first year, and can then concentrate on Latin-based courses in your second and third years. In addition, there are some compulsory core-courses in the first and second years involving texts in translation.

Your learning

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 courses combine both in-course continuous assessment and end-of-year written examinations, although a few courses are assessed solely by one or other of these methods.

Degree structure

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).

Year One

Compulsory courses

1.0 credits of Greek-based courses
1.0 credits of Latin-based courses
Interpreting Greek Literature
Interpreting Latin Literature

Optional courses

You will select 1.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

2.0 credits of Latin-based courses
Classics and Literary Theory

Optional courses

You will select 1.5 credits from a wide range of optional courses.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

2.0 credits of Latin-based courses

Optional courses

You will select 2.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses.

Further details on department website: Latin with Greek 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 Latin with Greek 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.


There is no career destination information available for this programme. First destinations of recent (2009-2012) graduates from Classical World programmes at UCL include:

  • Curator, English Heritage (2010)
  • Full-time student, Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law (2010)
  • Visitor Assistant, The Roman Trust (2009)
  • Marketing and Communications Assistant, Network Resource (2009)
  • Full-time student, MA in Publishing Studies at Stockholm University (2009)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

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.


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.

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£15,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

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