MA in Classics: programme structure
The MA in Classics is an intercollegiate degree-programme, taught by the participating Departments of Classics, Greek and Latin, and History in King’s College London (KCL), Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), and University College London (UCL). Courses within these MAs are available to students registered in any of the participating Colleges. Courses from the UCL MA in the Reception of the Classical World are also available to students in the Intercollegiate MA.
• Candidates for the MA in Classics are expected to be able to use authors and sources in one or more ancient languages.
• Candidates who need to improve their knowledge of an ancient language, or to learn another one, may, subject to the approval of the Programme Director, take one language-learning course as part of the MA.
• Part-time students will normally do two courses in the first year; one course and the dissertation in the second year (flexible study is also available by arrangement). Note that course-work deadlines for part-time students are the same as for full-time students.
In addition, note that:
• Candidates may not take more than two courses which make use of BA teaching (all such courses must have a 50% minimum MA component). Courses which do not make use of BA teaching are marked with an asterisk * in the list.
• Candidates may include, subject to the approval of their Programme Director and the Chair of Examiners, one appropriate course from any other MA programme within the University of London.
MA in Classics: courses
Students take a total of 180 credits divided as follows:
a) Three courses chosen from the list of courses approved for the Intercollegiate MA, offered at UCL, KCL, or RHUL. Each course carries 40 credits (i.e. each will have an assessment weighting of 22%).
• at least one course must be from the current list of dedicated courses approved for the MA in Classics (marked * in the list)
• at least one course must test knowledge of Greek or Latin; this will typically be a course in which texts are read in the original language (marked + in the list)
Note: both of these requirements may be satisfied by a single course.
b) A compulsory module CLASG099 Research Methods and Dissertation
This module carries 60 credits (assessment weighting 34%), and has two components:
• the core course in research methods, skills and resources in the first term. This course is compulsory for all students in the MA in Classics, but is not subject to assessment separate from the MA dissertation. An up-to-date schedule is available on Moodle.
• the choosing of a dissertation theme; discussion of the title; the planning and writing of the dissertation of 10,000 – 12,000 words in the field of classical language, literature, or thought, or the classical tradition.