Greek and English BA

London, Bloomsbury

This three-year degree programme offers you the opportunity to study Greek and English in parallel, and to gain knowledge of two diverse bodies of language, literature and culture, and the myriad relations between them. The programme allows you to develop your skills in criticism and expression, cultural self-awareness and comparison.

UK students International students
Study mode
3 academic years
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
Programme starts
September 2025
Application deadline
29 Jan 2025
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

Ancient Greek and English Literature/Language and Literature at grade A required.
English Language at grade B or 6 and Mathematics at grade C or 4.

Contextual offer information

Contextual offers are typically one to two grades lower than the standard offer. Grade and subject requirements for contextual offers for this programme will be published in Summer 2024.

A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Greek and English Literature/Language and Literature at grade 6, with no higher level score below 5.

Contextual offer

Contextual offers are typically one to two grade boundaries (equivalent to A levels) lower than the standard offer. IB Diploma grade and subject requirements for contextual offers for this programme will be published in Summer 2024.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Greek and English at D3

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including Greek and English at grade A.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAB, including Greek and English.

International applications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus.

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:

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Level 3

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

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

Course overview

Each year you will take 120 credits, divided evenly between Greek and English.

You will take 30 credits in Ancient Greek at an appropriate level in line with your experience every year. In addition, there are compulsory modules including: Interpreting Greek Literature, Narrative Texts, Cultural and Intellectual Sources in Year 1, Classics and Literary Theory in Year 2, and an interdisciplinary extended essay in Year 3.

Remaining optional modules may be selected from the range offered by UCL Greek & Latin and UCL English.

What this course will give you

Study in two departments rated in the UK top seven (The Guardian University Guide 2024) at a university ranked 6th in the world for the arts and humanities (THE World University Rankings by Subject 2024).

You will have access to an unparalleled range of options, from Roman Love Poetry and Roman Satire to Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, the Eighteenth Century and Modern Literature.

UCL has excellent library facilities and is ideally situated in London, 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) at the nearby Bloomsbury Theatre. The English Society also supports theatre productions, as well as social activities, speaker events, and contributing to UCL arts festivals.

Teaching and learning

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).

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Greek and English.


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. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

On each year of the degree programme, your studies will be divided evenly between Greek and English.

The compulsory modules include: Interpreting Greek Literature, Narrative Texts, Cultural and Intellectual Sources in Year 1, Classics and Literary Theory in Year 2, and an interdisciplinary extended essay in Year 3. Each year you will undertake 30 credits in Ancient Greek at a level appropriate to your prior knowledge and experience.

You will also have the opportunity to select optional modules from the range offered by UCL Greek & Latin and UCL English. Students on this degree programme may not take elective modules in other departments.

Your learning

You will be taught through lectures, seminars and small-group work. Some modules will involve student presentations. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor with whom you will review your progress on a regular basis.

In the English department, you will produce two tutorial essays each term (one for each of your English modules) for one-to-one tutorials with your Personal Tutor.

33% of a student’s time is spent in lectures and seminars and the remainder in independent study.


The modules will be examined by a mixture of essays, end-of-year examinations and a compulsory final-year extended essay based on supervised independent research. Some Greek language modules involve in-class tests and grammar quizzes.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

The foundation of your career

The Greek and English BA is a rigorous and broad-ranging degree, qualifying 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.

Recent UCL Greek and Latin graduate employers include EY, Amazon, NatWest and the Civil Service.*

*Graduate Outcomes survey carried out by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), looking at the destinations of UK and EU graduates in the 2017 - 2021 cohorts.


Graduates of Greek and English may acquire a thorough grounding in the skills of expression and analysis, and a refined sensibility of cultural appreciation and analysis. The degree is rigorous and will open up a wide range of career possibilities including culture and the arts, media, law, finance, management and consultancy, government and politics.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £9,250
Tuition fees (2024/25) £28,100

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2024/25 academic year. The UK 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 2024/25 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

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

Both departments strive to keep additional costs low. There may be site visits within central London, incurring costs. Books and journal articles are usually available via the UCL library (hard copies or via e-journal subscriptions), however some modules may require the purchase of specific books. Module descriptions and recommended texts are outlined each year on the Greek & Latin and English department websites, normally from February of the preceding academic year.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

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.


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.

Next steps

Your application

We seek to select candidates who, in addition to academic achievement, have the motivation and passion for language learning, for inter-cultural inquiry, and who have a deep commitment to developing and finessing their language proficiency to an advanced level.

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.


For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

Each application is assessed carefully. Applications first shortlisted by UCL Greek & Latin will be passed to UCL English for consideration. UK-based candidates with strong UCAS applications will then be shortlisted for interview with two members of staff in UCL English.

After the interview, applicants will be asked to write a short, forty-minute essay on a piece of unseen (English) poetry or prose. Candidates based outside the UK will not be interviewed, but may be asked to complete a written exercise and return it by email instead.

Offer holders will be invited to an open day, which will include meeting with staff and current students to discuss the degree programme and what studying at UCL and living in London is like, and to take a tour of the campus.

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