Department of Greek & Latin


MA Classics 2020-21

The Intercollegiate MA in Classics is central to Classics and Ancient History in London, and attracts students from across the world. 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.

General Programme Information

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). Modules within these MAs are available to students registered in any of the participating Colleges. Modules from the UCL MA in the Reception of the Classical World are also available to students in the Intercollegiate MA.

Students take a total of 180 credits divided as follows:

a)Modules to the value of 120 credits chosen from the list of modules approved for the Intercollegiate MA, offered at UCL, KCL, or RHUL. Each module carries 40 or 20 credits (i.e. each will have an assessment weighting of 22% or 11% respectively)

Of these; 

1. at least 40 credits must be from the current list of dedicated modules approved for the MA in Classics (marked † in the list)

2. at least 40 credits must test knowledge of Greek or Latin; this will typically be a module in which texts are read in the original language.

Note: both of these requirements may be satisfied by a single module.

b)A compulsory module CLAS0051 Research Methods and Dissertation

This module carries 60 credits (assessment weighting 34%), and has two components:

1. the core module in research methods, skills and resources in the first term. This module 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;

2. 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.

  • Part-time students will normally take 80 credits worth of modules in the first year and modules worth 40 credits and the dissertation (worth 60 credits) in the second year (flexible study is also available by arrangement). Note that coursework deadlines for part-time students are the same as for full-time students.
  • 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 module as part of the MA.

In addition, note that:

  • Candidates may not take more than 80 credits worth of modules which make use of BA teaching (all such modules must have a 50% minimum MA component). Modules which make use of BA teaching are marked with an ⁂ in the list.
  • Candidates may include, subject to the approval of their Programme Director and the Chair of Examiners, one module of up to 40 credits from any other MA programme within the University of London.
Modules Available To Classics Students

Modules below are available to UCL students (and all Intercollegiate students at KCL and RHUL): note that modules taken by UCL students at KCL or RHUL are subject to the academic regulations and procedures of those Colleges. If you take a module at a different College, that mark will be reported to UCL and will be incorporated into your degree; but the rules under which the mark is arrived at are those of the College which provides the module.

  • Modules in the UCL MA in the Reception of the Classical World are also listed below: all of these modules are open to Intercollegiate MA students.
  • UCL students outside the Department of Greek and Latin may take any UCL modules listed as a 30 or 15 credit option, where applicable.
Modules Available 2020-21


Students on the MA Classics will select modules with a credit value of 20 or 40 from the table below. All other students select modules with a credit value appropriate to their programme of study or home institution (in the case of affiliate students).

Module TitleCredit Value 15Credit Value 20Credit Value 30Credit Value 40
Approaches to the Reception of the Classical World*CLAS0111CLAS0117CLAS0118CLAS0116
Ancient Rome on Film: From the 1950s to the 21st Century*CLAS0120CLAS0121  
Classical Athens in Modern Political Theory*CLAS0122CLAS0123  
Greek Drama†CLAS0062CLAS0067  
Greek Papyrology⁂†CLAS0149CLAS0076  
Latin for Research 1⁂CLAS0154CLAS0155  
Latin for Research 2⁂CLAS0156CLAS0157  
Ancient Literary Criticism*CLAS0102CLAS0100  

* Acceptable modules for the MA Reception of The Classical World
† Modules requiring advanced knowledge of Greek or Latin and acceptable in order to meet the MA Classics language requirements
⁂ Modules make use of BA teaching (all such modules have a 50% minimum MA component).

(Please note that while core modules and language modules will run every year the availability of all other modules may change from year to year depending on staff availability).

Intercollegiate Modules Available 2020-21

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