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Classical Studies BA

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Overview

Study the ancient world in our most flexible degree: with no required modules, you are able to shape your pathway as you see fit. Through classical studies you can investigate all aspects of Greece and Rome, with further modules offered on the Near East, Byzantium, and modern Greece. You may also explore the influence of Greece and Rome on later history and culture, including the contemporary world.

Key benefits

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

  • King's Department of Classics is one of the largest 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 undergraduate teaching.

  • Our degree programme combines focus and flexibility, allowing you to pursue your interests.

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

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Key information

UCAS code Q810

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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Classics and Byzantine & Modern Greek

Undergraduate study

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Course detail

Description

Our Classical Studies BA course embraces the study of Greece and Rome through researching their languages, literature, thought, religion, art, archaeology and history, and debating their influence on subsequent ages. The Classical Studies degree is a three-year study programme that comprises modules totalling 360 credits. Each year, you will take modules totalling 120 credits; and with no required modules, this is an unusually flexible programme that you can tailor to reflect you particular interests.

Teaching

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

Assessment

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 select.

Special notes

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.

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.

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.

All students are offered the unique opportunity to study abroad as part of a Classics degree at King’s, and recent popular destinations include The University of California and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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

There are no required modules at any stage of this course. Instead you will select from a range of optional modules to achieve a total of 120 credits for each year of the course. King's reviews its optional modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that any particular optional course will run in a given year and the options listed below are subject to change.

Required Modules
  • There are no required modules in Year 1.

Optional Modules

You will choose modules totalling 120 credits, which may typically include:

  • Art & Archaeology of Greece & Rome (30 credits) 
  • Introduction to Ancient History (c. 1200 BCAD 600) (30 credits)
  • Greek & Latin Literature: An Introduction (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Ancient Philosophy (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 1 (30 credits)
  • 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 can also choose from any of the 15-credit Level 4 modules offered by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Global Institutes.

View a complete list of modules and descriptions.

Year 2

Second year students choose modules totalling 120 credits.

 

Required Modules
  • There are no required modules in Year 2.

Optional Modules
  • Homer (15 credits)

  • Early Greece from Troy to Marathon (15 credits)

  • The World from Babylon: 911-ca.550 BC (15 credits)

  • Sex and the symposium: The evidence of Athenian painted pottery (15 credits)

  • Democracy, Empire and War: Greece 446-338 BC (15 credits)

  • Virgil’s Aeneid (15 credits)

  • Latin Love Elegy (15 credits)

  • Pompeii: History and Society (15 credits)

  • Ancient Sexuality I (15 credits)

  • Mapping Society and the Past: Historians and Sophists (15 credits)

  • Roman Art 1: Art, Power and Authority (15 credits)

  • Who Needs Myth? (15 credits)

  • Myth and literature: ancient stories, modern meanings (15 credits)

  • Female Voices in Greek and Latin Literature (15 credits)

  • Greek Language 1 (30 credits)

  • Latin Language 1 (30 credits)

  • Greek Language 3A (30 credits)

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

View a complete list of modules and descriptions

You can choose to study modules totalling 30 credits from another Department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Global Institutes, with the approval of the Department.

You also 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

 

Required Modules
  • There are no required modules in Year 3.

 

Optional Modules
You will choose modules totalling 120 credits, which may typically include:
  • Streetwise: narrating the city in classical literature (30 credits)
  • Neronian Literature and Culture (30 credits)
  • Plato's myths: the soul, desire and the beyond (30 credits)
  • Living for ever: fame and glory from Homeric heroes to Roman emperors (and beyond) (30 credits)
  • Minoans and Mycenaeans (30 credits)
  • Archaeology of the Western Roman Provinces (30 credits)
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire (30 credits)
  • The Classical Art of the Body: Greek Sculpture and its Legacy (30 credits)
  • 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)
  • An Introduction to Classical Reception Studies in Sixteen Encounters (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (30 credits) 
  • Descent to the Underworld: transformations of a myth (15 credits)
  • Venice: history and art (15 credits)
  • Romanticism and Revolution: Byron, the Shelleys and Greece (15 credits)
  • Persian Kings and their Territory in the Achaemenid Empire (15 credits)
  • Origins of Nations and Nationalism: Identity in the Hellenic world (15 credits)

You can also choose to study modules totalling 30 credits from another Department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Global Institutes, with the approval of the Department.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades:

AAB

Required grades:

35 points overall 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

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

80% overall

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 parent

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.

 

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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