Department of Greek & Latin

MA in Classics


The large Intercollegiate MA is central to Classics and Ancient History in London. It attracts students from across Europe and the Americas as well as the UK.

The wealth of expertise in London contributes to the success of the programme. The three Colleges in the University of London (UCL, King’s College, and Royal Holloway) collaborate in the teaching of the MA, with the result that all MA courses are open to all MA students. We are also able to draw on the talents of other specialists in the Classics community in London.


In addition, each MA track has a dedicated course in research methods, which is team taught by a range of experts from across London.

In London, unlike many other universities, the MA runs for a full year and falls into two distinct parts. Teaching for the three taught courses takes place during the two teaching terms (September – March), and coursework is handed in by June 1st. Only after that does serious dissertation work begin. The dissertation is submitted in mid-September, which gives students the whole summer to conduct research, with plenty of time for library work, and for consultation with supervisors.

Study the Ancient World at UCL

UCL is the perfect location for an MA in Classics: the UCL Library (which includes the library of the Institute of Archaeology) is excellent, and also contains a dedicated library of Egyptology. The British Museum and the British Library are both only ten minutes’ walk away from UCL; even closer are the University of London Library at Senate House, the library of the Institute of Classical Studies, and the library of the Warburg Institute. MA students enrolled at UCL are automatically members of the Institute of Classical Studies and entitled to use its library, one of the best in the world.
We have a large staff of international experts in Greek and Latin literature, papyrology, ancient history, and classical art and archaeology; all are available to supervise or advise MA students in their research. 

Course structure:

  • In term 1 (October - December) and term 2 (January - March) the student takes three taught courses (40 credits each).
  • All coursework is handed in by June 1st.
  • June - September: the student works on a 12,000 word dissertation (60 credits) in collaboration with a supervisor at UCL
  • September 15: dissertations are submitted and the programme ends.
  • October 15: MA results are announced.

The MA is the perfect springboard for doctoral research in London or elsewhere.

Entry Requirements

To undertake the MA in Classics you normally need a minimum of an upper second-class Honours degree in a relevant discipline (Classics, Classical Civilisation, History, Art, Archaeology, Modern Languages, or Comparative Literature) from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard (GPA of 3.5 for North American students and 7.5/10 for Greek students).  In the case of mature students there is some flexibility.

You will also need Greek or Latin at advanced (typically BA) level. If you do not have the language requirement you may be interested in taking the MA Reception of the Classical World.

How to Apply

To make an application please visit the Graduate Prospectus page.

Your completed application is submitted to UCL Admissions (not to the Department).
Links to further information:

A list of FAQs in relation to the MA can be found here.

More details on the MA in Reception Studies can be found here.