Department of Greek & Latin


MA Reception of the Classical World 2020-21

Our MA in the Reception of the Classical World makes extensive use of the unique features of UCL: its central location, diverse international expertise, interdisciplinary outlook, and close relationship with its sister classics departments in Royal Holloway and Kings College. We provide research tours of nearby research resources, such as the British Museum, the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Sir John Soane's Museum, and the British Film Institute. Our programme is taught by highly experienced staff from within and outside our department. Students have the opportunity to select courses from a very large range - from within our department, from other departments in UCL, and from the intercollegiate MA programme in Classics. 

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General Course Information

Programme Structure

The programme aims to provide graduate students with a thorough grounding in key aspects of and approaches to the reception of classical culture - understood broadly as its interpretation, appropriation, representation or reconstruction, and/or revision. It also aims to equip students with the tools for further research in the reception of the classical world by developing their critical and conceptual understanding in this field.

  • Students take a total of 180 credits divided as follows:

a)A mandatory core module CLAS0116 Approaches to the Reception of the Classical World: 40 credits (assessment weighting 22%).Sample outline of the Approaches core module for 2018-19.
b)Further modules to the value of 80 credits chosen with the approval of the MA Tutor (the combined assesment weighting of these modules will be 44%).

Students may take modules from

1. The list of acceptable modules in Reception (marked with an asterisk below) provided at UCL.

2. With the approval of the Programme Director they may also take any of the modules on offer in the Intercollegiate MA in Classics, Classical Art and Archaeology, Ancient History, or Late Antique and Byzantine Studies as below.

3. They may also take a maximum of two module of up to 40 credits in total from an MA programme offered by a different department at UCL (for example, Translation Studies, Comparative Literature, Film Studies, Italian Studies, Medieval Studies and Renaissance Studies), subject to the approval of the Programme Director and by permission of the relevant department.

c)CLAS0126 Dissertation: Reception of the Classical Worlda dissertation of maximum 12,000 words on an aspect of the reception of the classical world: 60 credits (assessment weighting 34%)
  • Part-time students will normally do 80 credits in the first year; 40 credits 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
Modules Available 2020-21


Students on the MA Reception of the Classical World 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 1950's 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  
Literary Criticism, Ancient and Modern*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 ever year the availability of all other modules may change from year to year depending on staff availability).

Intercollegiate Modules Available 2020-21

Intercollegiate MA Webpage


MA Dissertation Topic Lists - 2018 and 2019