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Classics MA

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This course gives you the opportunity to study the classical world in a world-leading Classics department, with a focus on Greek and Latin language and literature.

It is an Intercollegiate programme enabling you to take a wide range of options taught at King's, UCL and Royal Holloway, with close links to the Institute of Classical Studies.

Leads to further research or careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.

Key benefits

  • One of the world's largest and most distinguished Departments of Classics.

  • Unrivalled location for the study of the ancient world thanks to London's unique range of specialist libraries, museums and galleries.

  • Extraordinarily wide choice of modules, drawing on the resources of the whole of the University of London.

  • King's graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. Ranked 6th in the UK for graduate employment (Times and Sunday Times Good Universities Guide 2016)

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 15-20.

Course leaders Dr Daniel Orrells

Further details

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of Classics



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The MA programme in Classics is organised on an intercollegiate basis, so that the programme offerings combine the expertise of staff in all three of the participating colleges - King's, UCL and Royal Holloway. It centres on the University's Institute of Classical Studies, which not only contains a world-class research library, but also hosts the richest programme of seminars, conferences, and occasional lectures for this subject area in the UK. 

The programme consists of a three optional modules, and a dissertation. The compulsory colloquium, Undertaking Research in Classics, taken as preparation for writing the dissertation, provides particularly concentrated training in research techniques and methodology. 

Modules are taught both with texts in the original languages and with translated texts. Besides purely literary and linguistic topics, modules may also be taken from the syllabuses for the MAs in Ancient History, Classical Archaeology & Art, and Late Antique & Byzantine Studies, including Latin and Ancient Greek at both intermediate and beginners levels. 

You may also be able to take appropriate modules from other MA Programmes at King's. If you intend to pursue further research in Classics, you are likely to find particular value in the unique opportunities to acquire technical skills in the handling of documentary evidence, provided by modules in Greek Papyrology, Greek & Roman Epigraphy, and Greek & Latin Palaeography.


As well as the extensive library resources at King's, you will have access to the world-leading Classics library at the Institute of Classical Studies, as well as other University of London libraries.

Research seminars

In the Department of Classics we run a research seminar series (which MA students are encouraged to attend), where you will learn about the current research of our academic staff and PhD students. Further the Department regularly hosts major research conferences with guest speakers from around the world. There are also University of London research seminars organized through the Institute of Classical Studies, for example in Literature, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, where you will be able to listen to and meet leading scholars from around the world. There is also the Late Antique & Byzantine Studies seminar, which is organized by the Centre for Hellenic Studies.

Personal tutor

You will be assigned a personal tutor in the Department of Classics, who will advise you and help you decide which modules to take, and can answer any questions or concerns you may have whilst at King's.

Dissertation supervision

During your first term at King's you will need to decide on your MA dissertation subject, if you have not done so before you arrive. The dissertation can be related to work you are doing for a taught module, or it can be in a completely different area. On the basis of your chosen subject area you will be assigned a supervisor within the Department of Classics who will discuss the topic with you, and oversee your work on it.

Greek Play

Every year (since 1953), students in the Department of Classics have produced and performed a Greek play - the only production in the UK to be performed annually in the original Greek. Read more about the Greek Play (and its history) at King's:

Course purpose

This programme offers advanced study of the classical world, with special reference to Greek and Latin language and literature; it is intended either as a further year's study after a first degree or as training in the technical disciplines needed to undertake doctoral research in the field of Classics.

Course format and assessment


If you are a full-time student we will typically provide you with six to eight hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 35 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student we will typically provide you with two to six hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 17.5 hours of independent study.

For your dissertation, we will provide five hours of supervision, and we will expect you to undertake around 575 hours of independent study.


We typically assess our modules through a combination of coursework and examinations, and the amount of coursework we expect you to produce will be greater for modules which are worth more credits. For your dissertation module you will write a 12,000-word essay.


Year 1

Required Modules

7AACM950 Research Training & Dissertation in Classics (60 credits)

Part-time students attend the research training seminars in year one and complete the 60-credit dissertation in year two.

Optional Modules


Choose three to six modules totalling 120 credits, of which at least 40 credits must test your knowledge of Greek or Latin, from a range of optional modules below.


If you’re a part-time student, you will take 80 credits of optional modules in your first year and a further 40 in your second year.


The list of our optional modules typically includes:


  • Beginners' ancient Greek for research (40 Credits)
  • Intermediate ancient Greek for research (40 Credits)
  • Medieval Latin Literature* (40 Credits)
  • Skills for Medievalists: Palaeography (20 Credits)
  • Homer (40 Credits)
  • The Reception of Roman Comedy (20 Credits)
  • Homeric Presences in Greek Poetry and shorter prose since 1890 (20 Credits)
  • Modern Greek Poetry and the Epic Tradition (20 Credits)
  • Tacitus & Nero (40 Credits)
  • Early Modern Latin Poetry I (20 Credits)
  • Latin Epigraphy (40 Credits)
  • Roman Britain (40 Credits)
  • C.P. Cavafy: the making of a modernist (20 Credits)
  • One God, One Sea: Byzantium & Islam, 600-800 (20 Credits)
  • Persepolis (20 Credits)
  • Classical Frontiers: Northern Black Sea in Antiquity (20 Credits)
  • The City of Rome (British School at Rome Annual Postgraduate Course)  (40 Credits)
  • The Classical Art of the Body: Greek Sculpture and its Legacy (40 Credits)
  • The Art of Making: Craft Production from Classical Antiquity to Today (40 Credits)
  • Exhibiting Classical Antiquities (20 Credits)
  • Living in Byzantium I:  Material Culture and Built Environment in Late Antiquity (20 Credits
  • Living in Byzantium II: Material Culture and Built Environment in the Middle Ages (20 Credits)
  • Up to 20 Credits from modules offered by King’s Modern Language Centre
  • Master’s modules offered by UCL Greek & Latin, UCL History, UCL Institute of Archaeology, RHUL Classics and RHUL History, subject to approvals.



Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

Minimum academic requirements:
2:1 BA degree with honours (or overseas equivalent) in Classics, Classical Studies, or a closely related subject. 

Applicants must be able to read texts in Latin and/or Greek.  The Department offers a Graduate Diploma in Classical Studies, which can act as a conversion course for those with degrees in other areas who want to go on to take the MA Classics. 

Application procedure

Your application will be assessed by the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor, and by other academics as appropriate. We do not usually interview applicants, but we do encourage you to visit the department before applying, or after we have made you an offer. Alternatively we can arrange to talk to you by telephone or Skype. We aim to process all applications within four weeks although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.


Personal statement and supporting information

In your personal statement, please tell us briefly why you want to undertake the MA in Classics, and what you are hoping to do afterwards. As part of the selection process we pay attention to transcripts of previous academic performance and to academic references, but can process applications more quickly if you tell us something about your previous study and future plans.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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