Undergraduate prospectus


Ancient World BA

Students on this flexible three-year programme may choose from a vast range of modules covering ancient history, literature, languages and archaeology. It offers great flexibility in the possible combination of modules and provides an entry to the classics for those who have not studied Greek or Latin at school.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2020
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects.
Please refer to UCL’s list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language at grade B or 6, Mathematics at grade C or 5 and an ancient or modern foreign language at grade C or 5 (to be attained prior to admission).

Contextual offer

BBB (more about contextual offers)
No specific subjects.
English Language at grade B or 6, Mathematics at grade C or 5 and an ancient or modern foreign language at grade C or 5 (to be attained prior to admission).

IB Diploma

A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

32 (more about contextual offers)
A score of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL is ranked in the top three universities in the UK for Classics by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

  • You will have access to an unparalleled range of course options, from Roman Love Poetry to Greek Palaeography, from Ancient Greek Religion to Roman Epic.

  • UCL has excellent library facilities, and is ideally situated close to world-renowned resources such as the British Museum, the British Library, and the Institute of Classical Studies.

  • The lively student-run Classical Society organises an annual Classics play (a Greek or Latin drama in translation) shown at the nearby Bloomsbury Theatre, as well as other events.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

This flexible programme offers an almost entirely free choice of modules covering classical literature, history and archaeology, and does not require prior knowledge of Greek or Latin.

In the first year, all students must take at least 30 credits of either Latin or Greek – they continue with this same language in the next year to complete the 45 credit requirement. Students must also take one history module, one archaeology module, and one compulsory module on the ancient world in their first year.

In the third year students take an Extended Essay module.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

CLAS0004 Approaches to the Ancient World (15 credits)

GREK* or LATN* modules at the appropriate level (30 credits) e.g. Beginners Latin/Greek A and B

At least 15 credits from the modules offered by the History Department for Year 1 students within the Ancient World field of study.

At least 15 credits from the modules offered by the Institute of Archaeology for Year 1 students within the Ancient World field of study.

Modern Foreign Language Requirement

At least 15 credits of a modern foreign language (depending on prior proficiency)

Optional modules

Up to 30 credits of modules at level 4 or above (for a total of 120 credits for the year) either within the Ancient World field of study or outside of it

Core or compulsory module(s)

At least 15 credits of the Ancient Language chosen in the first year

Optional modules

Up to 105 credits of modules at level 5 or above (for a total of 120 credits for the programme for the year) either within the Ancient World field of study or outside of it

Core or compulsory module(s)

CLAS0043 Extended Essay (15 credits, level 6) OR

a 30 credit, level 6, dissertation module from the History Department (as part of the Special Subject Group 3 modules worth 2 units, taken by the special permission of the Ancient World Degree Tutor) or

a 30 credit, level 6, dissertation from the Department of Archaeology (taken by the special permission of the Ancient World Degree Tutor).

Optional modules

You will select up to 105 credits (for a total of 120 credits for the programme for the year) from a wide range of optional module either within the Ancient World field of study or outside of it.

Your learning

You will be taught through lectures, seminars and small-group work. Some sessions involve direct study of artefacts, including access to the collections of the British Museum.


Most modules combine both continuous assessment and end-of-year written examinations, although a few modules are assessed solely by one or other of these methods.

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Ancient World BA.


Knowledge of languages such as Latin and Greek may allow you to develop mental agility and versatility, equipping you with the ability (amongst other things) to learn modern languages with comparative ease, opening up a wider range of possibilities in the future.

The Ancient World BA is a rigorous and broad-ranging degree which qualifies you for a remarkably wide variety of jobs. The Classical Society hosts regular talks from former students, which may help guide you in your future career choices.

Career destinations in recent years have included: graduate study, teaching, law, computing, accountancy, marketing, banking, music (classical and popular), acting, the media, business, the voluntary sector, local government and politics.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Alumni view
UCL Greek and Latin had the flexibility and range of modules that I was looking for, which allowed me to integrate the study of ancient languages with classical literature, ancient history, philosophy, and archaeology. Assisting at alumni panel sessions also enabled me to get professional and personalised advice on career choices and application strategies. Jorge Daniel Díaz - Ancient World BA 2014

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2020/21 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£21,260 (2020/21)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

There may be site visits within central London, incurring costs. Some modules may require the purchase of specific books. Module descriptions and recommended texts are outlined each year on the Greek and Latin website, normally from February of the preceding year.


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Entry to the degree is competitive so it is important you highlight your interest in and passion for the subject in your application. In addition to meeting the academic standards stated, we look for dedication and self-motivation, good communication skills and a real enthusiasm for your chosen area of study.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2020


Each application is carefully assessed. Those candidates being considered for an offer will be invited to an applicant open day, which will include a lunch with staff and current students where you can discuss the degree programme, living in London and studying at UCL, and take a tour of the campus.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

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