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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 G05, ground floor, Gordon House. which is where the staff pigeon-holes are also located. The Departmental Office is open from 10am - 1pm and from 2 - 5pm on Mondays to Fridays. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic these office hours will be available for virtual meetings only. 

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.

MA Classics page

MA Reception of the Classical World page

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
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.

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.

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. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic these office hours will be available for virtual meetings only. 

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.

What facilities does the department have?

Common Room
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 he will arrange for them to be repaired.

Print/Copy Facilities in Gordon House
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.

Drinking Water in Gordon House

Unfortunately the kitchen is too small to allow postgraduate students to use it. However, 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. 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.

Due to Covid-19 the kitchen is only for use for obtaining drinking water; the fridge and microwave have been decommisioned.

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.