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MA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who can help me?

Your administrator and first port of call is Alex Balciunas, the MA, Finance and Events Administrator.  Alex is based in room Room G05, ground floor, Gordon House. which is where the staff pigeon-holes are also located. The Departmental Office is open from 10 am - 1 pm and from 2 - 5 pm on Mondays to Fridays.

How do I find my way around UCL?
  • Please consult UCL maps
  • For finding your way around London, Streetmap is also helpful.
When are UCL term dates?
  • These are listed on the UCL website and in our Postgraduate Handbook.
  • Terms 1 and 2 are teaching terms. The first week of the academic session (Term 1) is Induction Week for incoming, new first-year students. Teaching does not start until the second week of Term 1.
  • The dates of reading weeks and UCL closure dates are also listed.
What are my MA programme structure and progression rules?
  • Please consult our Degree Structures page for the Scheme of Awards and read the programme rules for your own degree very carefully.
  • This will also inform you about progression rules (moving from one year to the next of your degree programme), the modules which are compulsory in different years, and the rules on calculating award classifications.
Which modules can I take?

The Postgraduate page lists all available Greek and Latin modules (see 'Courses planned for 2019-20').

MA Classics page

MA Reception of the Classical World page

Where are the toilets in Gordon House?

The female toilets are on the 1st floor and the male toilets are in the basement. There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor.

I am taking modules at another institution. What do I enter in Portico?

Here below is a list of codes have been used overt he past three years. If your intended module is not listed do not worry, it just means that UCL will need to set up such a code and you should use the relevant Intercollegiate Placeholder code in the meantime (see the very bootom of this section).

Intercollegiate Codes Map

Institution Module CodeUCL version of Module NameUCL Module Code
SSHC266S7Birkbeck College: Intermediate LatinXBKB0012
SSHC349H7 Birkbeck College: Intermediate Latin IIXBKB0012
7AACK845King's College: Alexander's AfterlifeXKCL0055
7AACK165King's College: Alexandria and the Poetry of CallimachusXKCL0032
7AACM481King's College: Archaic and Classical PaintingXKCL0053
7AACM005King's College: Beginners' Ancient Greek for ResearchXKCL0020
7AACM561King's College: Christian PersecutionCode pending
7AACM214King's College: C.P. Cavafy: The Making of a ModernistXKCL0035
7AACM293King's College: Early Modern Latin Poetry 1XKCL0042
7AACM865King's College: Exhibiting Classical AntiquitiesXKCL0057
7AACM421King's College: Greek Religion: Culture and CognitionXKCL0047
7AACM842King's College: Hellenistic and Roman PaintingXKCL0054
7AACM100King's College: HomerXKCL0024
7AACM212King's College: Homeric presences in Greek poetry and shorter prose since 1890Code pending
7AACM735King's College: Introduction to Greek EpigraphyXKCL0051
7AACM650King's College: Late Antique MagicXKCL0050
7AACM215King's College: Latin Literary LettersCode pending
7AACM217King's College: Latin Lyric 1: CatullusCode pending
7AACM218King's College: Latin Lyric Poetry 2: HoraceXKCL0036
7AACM701King's College: One God, One Sea: Byzantium and Islam, 600-800XKCL0021
7AACK850King's College: PersepolisXKCL0056
7AACM560King's College: Pompeii and Herculaneum: History, Society and AfterlifeXKCL0048
7AACM900King's College: Roman BritainXKCL0169
7AACM210King's College: Roman ComedyXKCL0033
7AACK585King's College: Roman EgyptXKCL0049
10CLG819King's College: Roman Mosaics: Making and MeaningCode pending
7AACM805King's College: Sacred Tales and Pilgrimage in the Graeco-Roman WorldXKCL0052
7AACM322King's College: Science and EmpireCode pending
7AACM280King's College: Tacitus and NeroXKCL0040
7AACM211King's College: The Reception of Roman ComedyXKCL0034
CL5120RHUL: Advanced Latin AXRHL0003
CL5121RHUL: Advanced Latin BXRHL0004
CL5306RHUL: An Economic and Social History of Roman ItalyXRHL0006
CL5550RHUL: Archaeology of the Roman Near EastXRHL0008
CL5305RHUL: Greek Law and LawcourtsXRHL0005
CL5816RHUL: Homer - OdysseyXRHL0013
CL5031RHUL: The Ancient NovelXRHL0001
ICS02School of Advanced Study: Digital Classics: Linking Written and Material CultureXSAS0002

Intercollegiate Placeholder Codes

If you are taking a module at another institution but UCL haven't yet created a code as per the list above you can use the following codes while the specific module code is being created. As you cannot enter the same code twice on Portico, if, for example, you are taking two 20 credit modules at another institution you should enter the 40 credit placeholder code.

UCL Placeholder CodeDescription
XCOL000320 credit placeholder
XCOL000540 credit placeholder
XCOL001060 credit placeholder
XCOL000780 credit placeholder
How do I confirm the modules I want to take?

Please complete your module registration via Portico - please read the Student User Guide first. You will be asked to complete an Opinio survey of your module choices, which will open in late August. This is so we can check you have chosen modules appropriate to your degree and year of study. You need to take four units per year, ideally spread over both teaching terms.

What will my timetable be?
  • Please consult the UCL on-line timetable. The custom timetable is very useful in seeing clearly the terms and class times for particular modules. If you use your personal timetable function, this updates overnight so you won't be able to see your personal timetable on the same day you submit your module selection.
  • It is useful to consult the UCL Registry academic calendar which numbers all weeks throughout the year, as these week numbers will appear on the UCL Online Timetable.
  • However, more informally, academic staff are likely to refer to teaching weeks 1-10 in both terms.
How do I change a module I have previously confirmed I want to take?
  • It is generally not possible for you to change modules once they have been confirmed. If for some reason you have a problem and need to do this, consult your personal tutor Maria Wyke (term 1) or Miriam Leonard (term 2) and then email Alex Balciunas.
  • Please check your module summary on Portico. It is extremely important that it is correct - if not, you will be registered for the wrong exams.
Where do I find out more detailed information on what I need to study for my modules?

Moodle is the e-learning environment used by UCL for lecturers to make information and lecture resources available to students. All modules have their own Moodle pages. This is also where you will submit coursework via Turnitin. Once your modules are confirmed on Portico, you will be automatically enrolled on the Moodle pages for those modules. If for some reason you are not enrolled on the Moodle pages for any of your confirmed modules, you will need to self-register as a student, using your UCL email address, on the relevant Moodle webpage. You will not be able to submit coursework via Turnitin if you do not do this. Please consult the Student Moodle guide. If you have any problems with Moodle, please email Alex Balciunas.

How can I find out information on plagiarism, attendance, late coursework submission and overlength penalties?

All the information you need is in our Postgraduate Handbook.

Your attendance records can be seen by logging into our at the AMS software site.

What is condonement?

Condonement allows a student to progress from one year to the next and/ or to be awarded a qualification where they are carrying a small amount of failure, as long as their overall performance is of a good standard and the requirements of any relevant Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Bodies are met. Students who meet the Condonement Criteria will not be reassessed.

A student's eligibility for Condonement in any given module is determined by the programme on which they are enrolled - some modules may be 'Non-Condonable' i.e. students must pass them. Condonement applies to module marks falling within a certain range, and students will need to meet defined criteria to be eligible for Condonement.

Condonable range

Does the Department offer additional classes?

Yes, we offer a range of one-off study skills sessions and strongly encourage students to attend. We will email you to notify you about dates, times and content of sessions.

What about Careers?

The Department takes careers guidance very seriously and encourages students to take advantage of advice from the UCL Careers Service and opportunities for work experience and internship. Dr Antony Makrinos is the Department's Careers Liaison Officer and Robert Donovan is our contact within the UCL Careers Service. The Department has a Careers dedicated webpage and holds a range of one-off Careers sessions in terms 1 and 2, including a Careers Forum in November, which involves Departmental alumni talking about their careers. The series Alumnus/Alumna of the Month also provides an insight into the different career paths you might choose when your studies end.

When and how do I receive coursework results?

Course tutors will return essays to you with the marks and comments of the first marker four weeks after the coursework submission date during term-time. (Please note that these marks are provisional and depend upon second marker and external examiner scrutiny.) The module lecturer will email you when they are ready to collect from the table outside the Departmental Office.

When is the exam timetable published?

This is produced by the UCL Registry usually at the end of March each year. You will receive your own personal exam timetable.

How can I check my attendance?

You can check your attendance records from the in-class registers by visiting https://ams.classics.ucl.ac.uk/student. If you feel there is an inaccuracy in the recording of any of your attendance registers please see the module tutor in the first instance.

When are the postgraduate exams?

These are held in May. Students need to be present at all times - when you are not taking exams, you need to be revising! Please note that you will be barred from taking UCL exams if you have any debt on your record, including Library fines.

When do I receive my results?

Marks cannot be released until after the MA Exam Board, which is usually held in mid-October every year. You will be sent an email to let you know exactly when you will receive your results by email.

How do I book my Graduation ceremony?

Graduation ceremonies are arranged centrally by the UCL Registry.  Their email address is: ceremonies@ucl.ac.uk.

Is there a Common Room?

Yes - the Department of Greek and Latin has an Undergraduate and a Postgraduate Common Room. The Postgraduate Common Room is Room G02 on the ground floor of Gordon House. This is where your pigeon-holes are located - please check them regularly for correspondence. There are computers you can use at the back of the room. Please inform Alex if any of the computers (or indeed anything else) is not working and she will arrange for them to be repaired.

Can I print/copy in the Department?

Printing facilities are offered in the UG Common Room in Gordon House. There is also printing available in the UCL Library and in UCL cluster rooms, of which there are many. The next closest printer to the UG Common Room is in the Institute of Archaeology next door (31-34 Gordon Square).

As UCL uses a particular printing system (print@UCL) you can print from any computer on-campus and collect your print from any print@UCL-enabled machine.

How do I get a Library card?

You need to obtain a UCL photo ID and carry it with you all times. You may be asked to show it to a UCL Security Officer. Please take some form of identity (e.g. credit/debit card, passport) to Security Systems, ground floor, Andrew Huxley building.  You can then take your photo ID to the UCL Library, and they can adapt it to act as your UCL Library card.

Do I have to use my UCL email address?

Yes - the Department will always email you, using your UCL email address. It is a UCL requirement that students check their UCL email in-box regularly.

How can I find staff and student email addresses?

The UCL on-line directory is the quickest way of finding staff and student email addresses.

What do I do if I have a problem with my email account or any other computing problem?

You can telephone, email or visit the Information Services Helpdesk.  You can also connect to Eduroam, UCL's Wifi service.  Please consult the Student Guide.

Kitchen use and drinking water on the ground floor of Gordon House.

Unfortunately the kitchen is too small to allow students to use it. However, there is a  fridge in the PG Common Room and there are many cafes and eating places at UCL and in the UCL Union.

Students are, of course, welcome to use the Bili tap in the kitchen in order to obtain drinking water or boiling water. There is a sign on the cupboard above the tap to remind you which of the tap side is hot and which side is cold.

Can I take part in the annual Greek Play?

We would be delighted if you did. The Greek Play is performed in translation in February every year, usually in UCL's own theatre, The Bloomsbury. Invitations for productions are invited and students vote for their favourite nomination every June, and then details are circulated. Apart from acting roles, there are lots of opportunities to get involved backstage too. Dr Tom Mackenzie is the academic mentor for the Greek play. The cupboard in the Undergraduate Common Room is for props.

Can I attend Greek and Latin events?

You are encouraged to attend as many lectures and events as possible, not only in the Department but throughout UCL. Please see the Department's list of lectures and public events.

Is there any funding for postgraduate travel?

Information coming soon.

How Green is our Department?

We are committed to doing our best for the environment. Please don't waste paper and print and copy double-sided, wherever possible. Please save energy by switching off lights, computers and heaters when you leave a room or stop using a computer. The Department is taking part in Green Impact, which is a programme to initiate Green change, and is currently working towards a Gold award. We have a noticeboard dedicated to Environmental Sustainability on the ground floor opposite the accessible toilet which is updated regularly.

The Department's Green Champions are:

Stephanie Dutton

Alex Balčiūnas

Robbie Macaulay

Professor Gesine Manuwald

Please contact Stephanie Dutton if you are interested in becoming a Green Champion for the Department.

More information about Green Impact is available here.

What about equal opportunities?

The Department of Greek and Latin was given a bronze award in the 2014 Gender Equality Charter Mark trial. UCL has a policy of zero tolerance towards sexual harassment. The Department is currently applying to renew its Athena Swan Bronze Award from September 2017. Stephanie Dutton is the Departmental Equal Opportunities Liaison Officer. If you have any questions, or you think you have been a victim of sexual harrassment or discrimination, please contact Stephanie in the first instance.

None of the above answers my question. What do I do now?

Then, depending upon your enquiry, please email Alex or Robbie.