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Overview

Our Ancient History BA degree course allows you to study a diverse range of periods, countries and cultures to suit your interests. You can explore topics from earliest Greece to Rome and beyond, right up to the influence of Classics on modern history and current affairs. The course covers a vast geographical area, from Roman Britain to the Black Sea, Persia, Egypt and North Africa. While you will focus on the historical modules, you will also have the opportunity to explore study areas in literature, art and philosophy, and learn Latin and/or Greek.

 

Key benefits

• One of the very best classics departments in the country, renowned for its quality of teaching, student experience and cutting-edge research.

• Third largest Classics department in the UK, with unique coverage from the Bronze Age to Modern Greece.

• Central location offers collaborations with the British Museum and other cultural institutions, which are incorporated into our teaching.

• Our study programmes combine focus and flexibility, allowing students to pursue their interests.

• You will acquire analytical and presentational skills valued by employers in heritage-related professions, the media, education, civil service and the performing arts.

Key information

UCAS code Q806

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of Classics

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Description

Your first year of study will consist of one compulsory module that provides a rounded introduction to ancient history and which will develop your analytical skills and introduce you to advanced historical theory and methodology. The second year of is made up of optional modules, allowing you the freedom to develop a study pathway that reflects your interests. You will study ancient history modules totalling 60 credits, plus further modules totalling 60 credits, of which 30 may come from another Department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Department of War Studies. You also have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of the second year or for the whole of their second year. In your final year, you have the option to complete a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved subject of your choice with emphasis placed on self-directed research. The optional modules you will also study are designed to reflect the current research and expertise of staff in the department, providing you with the opportunity to study specialist subjects in-depth.

Teaching style

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will additionally be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

Course structure

This is a three-year course in which you will study a combination of required and optional modules totalling 120 credits in each year

Assessment

Assessment methods will depend on the modules you have selected to study. The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations.

Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you choose to study.

Special notes

Greek Play

The King’s Greek Play has been an annual tradition since 1953 and it is the only production in the country to be performed every year in the original Greek. Students (with all levels of Greek) participate in the direction, production and performance of the play, bringing to the stage playwrights from Aeschylus to Aristophanes.

Rumble Fund

In 2013 the Department of Classics created the Rumble Fund following a generous donation by a former student. This fund is used each year to pay for a group of students to visit classical lands as part of their degree programme.

Classics Society

Students run the Classics Society, which publishes the Satyrica newsletter and organizes regular lectures, theatre outings, themed parties, private tours around museums, nights out and trips abroad – in recent years, group expeditions have been made to Italy and Turkey.

Iris Project

The department also promotes teaching Latin in disadvantaged primary schools through the Iris Project; this offers students a highly unusual experience that is both enriching and will impress future employers.

Study abroad
It is easier now than ever before to spend part of your time as a King's student studying abroad. Second year students have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of their second year or for the whole of their second year. Partner universities currently include:

  • University of Auckland
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Toronto (Full year only)
  • University of California
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Up to five places exclusively available for Classics students)
  • University of Sydney

Find out more about studying abroad

Our students also have opportunities to attend the annual summer schools at the British Schools in Athens and Rome, and participate in archaeological excavations in Greece and Italy, as well as further afield.

 

Structure

Year 1

This is a three-year course in which you will study a combination of required and optional modules totalling 120 credits in each year.

 

You have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of the second year or for the whole of the second year.

Partner universities currently include:

• University of Auckland • University of Melbourne

• University of Toronto (Full year only)

• University of California

• University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Up to five places exclusively available for Classics students)

• University of Sydney

In year one, you are required to take one compulsory module worth 30 credits.
Required Modules
  • Introduction to Ancient History (c. 1200 BC-AD 600) (30 credits)
Optional Modules

You will then select from a wide range of options that may typically include 30-credit modules such as:

  • Art & Archaeology of Greece & Rome (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Ancient Philosophy (30 credits)
  • Greek & Latin Literature: An Introduction (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 1 (30 credits)

And 15-credit modules, such as:

  • Introduction to Byzantium and Modern Greece: The Greek-speaking world from 330 AD to today (15 credits)
  • Receptions of the past: The Hellenic world from antiquity to today (15 credits)

With the approval of the programme convenor, you may also choose from any of the 15-credit Level 4 (year 1) modules offered by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Global Institutes.

 

Year 2

Second year students take 60 credits of Ancient History modules, plus a further 60 credits, of which 30 may come from another Department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Department of War Studies.

Required Modules

There are no required modules in year 2.

Optional Modules

You will take 60 credits of Ancient History modules, plus a further 60 credits, of which 30 may come from another Department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Department of War Studies. You have a broad range of options to choose from, which may typically include 30-credit modules such as:

  • Greek Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 3A (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 3A (30 credits)
  • Roman Britain (30 credits)

And 15-credit modules, such as:

  •  Roman Art 1: Art, Power and Authority (15 credits)
  • From Sulla to Caesar: the fall of the Roman Republic (15 credits)
  • Early Greece from Troy to Marathon • The World from Babylon: 911-ca.550 BC (15 credits)
  • Democracy, Empire and War: Greece 446- 338 BC (15 credits)
  • Pompeii: History and Society (15 credits)
  • Ancient Sexuality I (15 credits)
  • Mapping Society and the Past: Historians and Sophists (15 credits)
  • Who Needs Myth? • Myth and literature: ancient stories, modern meanings (15 credits)
  • Female Voices in Greek and Latin Literature (15 credits)

You have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of the second year or for the whole of the second year.

Partner universities currently include:

  • University of Auckland
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Toronto (Full year only)
  • University of California • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Up to five places exclusively available for Classics students)
  • University of Sydney

Year 3

You will take 60 credits of Ancient History modules, plus a further 60 credits, of which 30 may come from another Department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Department of War Studies. 

Required Modules

There are no required modules in year 3.

Optional Modules

You will take 60 credits of Ancient History modules, plus a further 60 credits, of which 30 may come from another Department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Department of War Studies. You have a broad range of options to choose from, which may typically include 30-credit modules such as:

  • Augustus: Power & Propaganda (30 credits)
  • Pagans, Christians and Jews in the Roman Empire (30 credits)
  • The Rise of Rome, c.650-70 BC (30 credits)
  • Streetwise: narrating the city in classical literature (30 credits)
  • Neronian Literature and Culture (30 credits)
  • An Introduction to Classical Reception Studies in Sixteen Encounters (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (30 credits)

And 15 credit modules, such as:

  • Persian Kings and their Territory in the Achaemenid Empire (15 credits)
  • Venice: history and art (15 credits)
  • Origins of Nations and Nationalism: Identity in the Hellenic world (15 credits)
  • Descent to the Underworld: transformations of a myth (15 credits)
  • Romanticism and Revolution: Byron, the Shelley’s and Greece (15 credits)

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

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

Required subjects

None

Preferred subjects

Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History preferred

Further information and other requirements

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

A Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Preferred subjects at Level 3: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered. Subjects relating to ancient history/classical civilisation preferred/

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA. Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA. Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA. Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 Preferred subjects: History or subjects related to classical civilisation. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application: Once an application has been submitted to UCAS, forms are sent to the Department for assessment. Members of staff then consider how far the applicant has shown evidence of the qualities of mind we most value in potential Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Classical Archaeology students, and of aptitude for linguistic study. UCAS forms are also assessed on the basis of the information they contain concerning the applicant's actual or predicted performance at A-level and GCSE (or their equivalents), the personal statement, and the references provided.

Application deadline: January 15th 2018

Decision: In most cases, a decision will be reached, and the offer of a place made, on this basis. But where we feel that there are matters that need further discussion, an applicant will be invited to come to the Department for an interview. This may be because we feel we need more information about the applicant's previous academic experience, or because we want to make sure that the degree applied for really is what the applicant is looking for. A decision will then be made on the strength of the combination of the interview and the UCAS form.

Open Days: Applicants who are offered places on the basis of the UCAS form alone will also receive an invitation to a Department Open Day. The Open Day programme includes a welcome and description of the Department from the Admissions Tutor, a short sample 'lecture' from another member of staff, tours of the Strand Campus and Maughan Library, and the chance to talk to some current students and other members of the teaching staff. There will also be a complementary programme for accompanying parents.

 

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

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.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 Additional costs/expenses

If you choose the study abroad option, King’s will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

 King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

 You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

 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

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

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.

Career prospects

Our graduates go on to work in a range of professions, including law, banking, the civil service, information technology, librarianship, education, heritage industries, the media, journalism and the performing arts; while others choose to stay and pursue postgraduate qualifications at King’s.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

• Assistant Tax Advisor, Ernst & Young

• Human Resources Administrator, Health resources International

• Web Administrator, Intrico Products Ltd

• Illustrator, Self Employed Illustrator

• Marketing and Publishing Graduate scheme, the telegraph Media group

• Research Intern, Environment Agency

• Sales Operations Admin, Associated Press TV news

• Latin Teacher at a university

• Client Relations Associate, Fidelity Investment Managers

• Customer Management Executive, CMC Markets

• Senior Course Support Assistant, Coventry University

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