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BA Classics/Classics with Study Abroad

Entry Requirements 

AAB at A-level or equivalent UK/international qualification (see UG prospectus for more information on accepted qualifications)

Subject requirements: A at A-level or equivalent in Latin or Ancient Greek

Contextual offer: ABB (Click here for more information on contextual offers

Programme Structure

For the Classics (Q800) degree programme, which requires students to have an A-level (or equivalent) in Latin or Ancient Greek, students must take at least 30 credits of Latin-based modules, and at least 30 credits of Greek-based modules in each year of study. In addition, there are some compulsory core-modules in the first and second years involving texts in translation. The structure for Classics with Year Abroad (Q801) is identical, except that in their first and second years students study also the modern language of the country they wish to visit, spend their third year abroad, and have their final year at UCL in their fourth year. This gives the following structure:

Year OneYear TwoFinal Year
30 credits of Latin-based modules30 credits of Latin-based modules30 credits of Latin-based modules
30 credits of Greek-based modules30 credits of Greek-based modules30 credits of Greek-based modules
Interpreting Greek LiteratureClassics and Literary Theory(student choice)
Interpreting Latin Literature(student choice)(student choice)
(student choice)(student choice)(student choice)
(student choice)(student choice)(student choice)

Sample Course Choices

Classics - Sample One

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Advanced LatinLatin Texts Ovid
Advanced GreekGreek Texts History of the Latin Language
Interpreting Greek LiteratureClassics and Literary TheoryLate and Medieval Latin I
Interpreting Latin LiteratureGreek TranslationHomer: Odyssey
Ancient Ideas in the Modern WorldLatin Prose CompositionEpic and Empire
Greek Myth: Its Use and MeaningLatin PalaeographyGreek Comedy
  Greek Papyrology
  Roman Art and Architecture

This student arrived at UCL with A levels in Latin and Greek. In his first year he took Advanced Latin as his compulsory 30 credits of Latin language, and Advanced Greek as his compulsory 30 credits of Greek language. He progressed from Advanced Latin in his first year, to Latin Texts in his second, to a specific author-focused text module in his final year, in which he also took a number of other Advanced-level (FHEQ level 6) Latin modules. In Greek, he followed a similar progressions: from Advanced Greek in his first year, to Greek Texts in his second, to an Advanced-level Greek module (Ovid) in his final year. Like all classicists, he took the core literature survey modules Interpreting Greek Literature and Interpreting Latin Literature in the first year, and the Classics and Literary Theory module in the second. As his interests were very much in the field of classical languages and literature, almost all his module choices were modules offered by the Department of Greek and Latin though in his final year he was also interested to take a relevant module from the Institute of Archaeology.

Classics - Sample Two

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Advanced LatinLatin TextsAdvanced Greek
Greek for Beginners AIntermediate Greek AXenophon: Politics, Identity and Text in Classical Greece
Greek for Beginners BIntermediate Greek BRoman Satire and its Reception
Interpreting Greek LiteratureClassics and Literary TheoryEssay on an approved subject (Latin)
Interpreting Latin LiteratureLatin TranslationThe Archaeology of Etruscan Italy
Introduction to Egyptian ArchaeologySources for Greek HistoryThe Dialogues of Plato
17th- and 18th-Century Art in London Collections IPortraiture in Early Modern EuropeRoman Britain: History and Archaeology

This student came to UCL with Latin GCE A level, and no prior knowledge of Greek. In her first year, she took Advanced Latin as her compulsory 30 credits of Latin language, progressing to Latin Texts in her second year and to a prescribed text in her third year. In Greek, she progressed from Greek for Beginners in her first year, to Intermediate Greek in the second, to Advanced Greek in her final year. Like all classicists, she took the core literature survey modules Interpreting Greek Literature and Interpreting Latin Literature in the first year, and the Classics and Literary Theory module in the second. This student was also able to pursue her interest in art, taking two modules outside the Classical World syllabus in her first and second years, and also to cultivate interests in archaeology and history.