The Reception of the Classical World MA investigates the interactions of later ages with the cultures of the ancient world across a variety of media, making extensive use of London's unique resources of literary, historical and artistic study and research. The programme attracts European students and other students from overseas as well as the UK.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
Full-time students can expect to be in attendance about three days per week, and part-time students about one day per week.
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
Students gain a thorough grounding in the key figures, narratives, art forms, concepts, and social, religious and political practices of the classical world that have been most put to use by later cultures. The programme equips them with the tools necessary for research, including training in the use of digital resources online, library catalogues and archives.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of one core module (40 credits), between two and four optional modules (80 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Reception of the Classical World.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Approaches to the Reception of the Classical World
Dedicated reception modules have included:
- Rome on Film
- Ancient Greece on Stage
- Dionysus in Rome
- Athens in Ancient and Modern Political Thought
- Students can choose modules available also to other programmes concerning the ancient world, in areas such as:
- Religion and Philosophy
- Art and Archaeology
- other reception topics
All students undertake an independent research project on a subject related to the reception of the classical world, which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words (60 credits).
Teaching and learning
The programme is taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and research visits to relevant institutions. Seminars will provide practical tuition in bibliographic searches and the use of a variety of electronic databases. Student performance will be assessed through coursework essays, unseen examination and the dissertation.
Several funding options may be possible for applicants to this programme, including: UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students, Arts & Humanities Faculty Awards, and Greek and Latin departmental awards. For departmental awards and the application procedure, please look at our departmental postgraduate pages.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The MA is an ideal springboard for a PhD programme and offers a unique range and depth of study in reception contexts from antiquity to the present. Some students go on to pursue research at UCL or in other institutions. Others have developed their skills in order to enter careers in e.g. teaching, publishing, the media, cultural heritage or the legal, business, charitable or financial sectors.
Students develop a wide range of skills highly valued by employers, such as advanced written and oral communication, the ability to abstract and synthesise information, the ability to construct and manage arguments, independent and critical thinking on difficult issues, competence in planning and executing essays, presentations and projects, self-motivation, information technology skills (including the ability to access and evaluate electronic data), team work, co-operation, and good time management. Students go on to employment in many sectors, including advertising, publishing, education, law, finance, libraries and museums, and the culture industries (including theatre and the media).
Why study this degree at UCL?
This programme makes extensive use of the unique features of UCL: its central location, diverse international expertise and interdisciplinary outlook. Students benefit from research tours of nearby resources, such as the British Museum and the Warburg Institute as well as UCL's Petrie Museum and Library Special Collections.
UCL Greek & Latin is recognised as one of the leading international centres for postgraduate study and research in the ancient world. Students benefit from the large range of modules offered by the department, by other departments at UCL, and by the intercollegiate Classics MA programme. The MA opens a pathway to a wide variety of careers.
Department: Greek & Latin
What our students and staff say
"UCL has a great library as well as a fantastic location to access the Institute of Classical Studies, the British Library and British Museum, and art galleries, museums and theatres that are hosting the latest classical performances or exhibitions."
Professor Maria Wyke
Professor of Latin
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for students with a first degree in classics, classical civilisation, history, art, archaeology, modern languages, or comparative literature who wish to develop their understanding of classical culture, as a foundation for further research or as a qualification in its own right. Knowledge of Ancient Greek or Latin is not required.
- All applicants
- 11 August 2020
It is recommended that applications are submitted by early January if you wish to be considered for any UCL studentships. Applications must be submitted by 30 June for consideration for departmental studentships. Later applications (up to 31 July) will continue to be considered until the programme is full.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you are keen to commit yourself to the advanced study of classical reception
- why you wish to study classical reception at UCL
- how your academic training and/or other experience relates to classical reception
- which area of classical reception you might explore in your MA dissertation
- why you consider the Reception of the Classical World MA an attractive programme
- what you hope to achieve by completing the Reception MA
As a complement to the essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to give us a sense of your specific interests within the field of classical reception and to outline how the course will help you to develop them.
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