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Classical Studies with English BA

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Overview

Study the ancient world in the heart of London, and develop your literary critical skills. Combine Classics with English literature, gaining skills and experience in Latin and/or Ancient Greek language and texts, philosophy, history, art and archaeology, while discovering how Greek and Roman writers have influenced western literature.

Key benefits

Classics:

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

  • King's Classics is the third largest in the UK, with unique coverage from the Bronze Age to Modern Greece.

  • Central location offers collaborations with the British Museum and the Museum of London, which are incorporated into undergraduate teaching.

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

  • Graduates are equipped with 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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English

  • One of the oldest English departments in the country, with an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research.
  • Personal attention given to each student, creating a vibrant intellectual atmosphere and a network of support.

  • Offers a wide range of modules and diverse approaches.

  • Central location offers access to Shakespeare’s Globe, and countless other sites and buildings with literary associations.

  • Graduates develop transferable analytical and communications skills, making them highly desirable to employers across a range of sectors.

Key information

UCAS code Q8Q3

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Major/minor 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

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Course detail

Description

Our Classical Studies with English BA is an interdepartmental study programme that will allow you to develop an in-depth knowledge of the Classics while studying English literature. You will spend most of your time in the Department of Classics. This will allow you to gain skills and experience in Latin and Ancient Greek language and texts, philosophy, history, art and archaeology. You will also study modules from the Department of English, and this literal combination of subjects will enable you to see echoes of the ancient world as they are picked up, reinvented and transformed over the centuries through to the modern day. The Classical Studies with English BA programme is comprised of 360 credits in total and is studied over three years. Each year, you will study a set number of modules directly related to Greek and Latin, literature and Philosophy. You will then choose from a wide selection of optional interdepartmental modules allowing you to widely explore all aspects of the cultures of Greece, Rome and English and English Literature.

Teaching style

We use lectures, workshops 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 be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

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 select

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

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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 specifically required modules on this course so you can select modules to build a study pathway that reflects your own particular interests.

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 module will run in a given year and the options listed below are subject to change.

First year students take 90 credits of Classics modules (of which 30 credits may be language acquisition modules) and 30 credits of English modules.

Required Modules

There are no core/compulsory modules in Year 1.

Optional Modules

Classics

You are required to take 90 credits from optional classics modules, which may include up to 30 credits of Greek or Latin language acquisition. The wide range of modules available may typically include:

  • Art & Archaeology of Greece & Rome (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Ancient History (c. 1200 BC-AD 600) (30 credits)
  • Greek & Latin Literature: An Introduction (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Ancient Philosophy (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 2 (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 3 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 2 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 3 (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)
  • One 15-credit optional module from either the Department of War Studies or from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

English

You are required to take 30 credits from optional English modules, which may typically include:

  • Introducing Literary Theories (15 credits)
  • Writing London (15 credits)
  • American Literature (15 credits)
  • Classical and Biblical Contexts (15 credits)
  • Medieval Literary Culture (15 credits)
  • Early Modern Literary Culture (15 credits)

Year 2

Second year students take 90 credits of Classics modules and 30 credits of English modules.

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
  • University of Sydney
Required Modules

There are no core/compulsory modules in Year 2.

Optional Modules

Classics

You are required to take 90 credits from optional classics modules, which may typically include:

  • Greek Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 3A (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 3A (30 credits)
  • Roman Britain (30 credits)
  • Art and Power in the Age of Alexander (Hellenistic Art I) (15 credits)
  • Art & Empire: The Legacy of Byzantium (15 credits)
  • Introductory Greek Texts III (Prose): Various Texts (15 credits)
  • From Sulla to Caesar: the fall of the Roman Republic (15 credits)
  • Early Greece from Troy to Marathon (15 credits)
  • Pompeii: History and Society (15 credits)
  • Introductory Latin Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Homer (15 credits)
  • Myth and literature: ancient stories, modern meanings (15 credits)
  • Death in Greek Literature (15 credits)
  • Virgil's Aeneid (15 credits)
  • The Art of Acquisition: Conquest, Collection and the Rise of Rome (Hellenistic Art II) (15 credits)
  • Building Greece (15 credits)
  • Constantinople: Imperial Capital - Medieval Metropolis (15 credits)
  • Introductory Greek Texts IV (Verse): Various Texts (15 credits)
  • Democracy, Empire and War: Greece 446-338 BC (15 credits)
  • The Late Roman World, AD 337-425 (15 credits)
  • Introductory Latin Texts: Verse (15 credits)
  • Wisdom and the Divine: ancient Greek philosophy and religion (15 credits)
  • Ancient Sexuality I (15 credits)
  • Ancient Sexuality II (15 credits)
  • Latin Lyric Poetry (15 credits)
  • The Novels of Nikos Kazantzakis and the Ancient World (15 credits)

You can take up to 30 credits in optional module(s) from either the Department of War Studies or the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

English

You are required to take 30 credits from optional English modules, which may typically include:

  • Cultural Encounters (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • History, Politics and the Elizabethan Imagination (15 credits)
  • The Rise of the Novel (15 credits)
  • Performance in Medieval Culture (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • Comedy and Identity (15 credits)
  • London Literature 1380-1450 (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • The Poetry of Revolution (15 credits)
  • Prose Fiction (Creative Writing) (15 credits)
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis (15 credits)
  • Modern Theatre (15 credits)
  • Theatre Capital (15 credits)
  • Fin de Siecle (15 credits)
  • Shocks of the New (15 credits)
  • C19th American Literature (15 credits)
  • The Colonial Novel and British India (15 credits)
  • Mapping Modernism (15 credits)
  • American Popular Culture (15 credits)
  • Theory, Culture and Politics after the 1960s (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing Drama (15 credits)
  • Old English Poems and Modern British Poetry (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • Subjects of Desire (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • Eighteenth Century Travel Writing (15 credits)
  • A Mad World, My Masters: Performing Culture in Jacobean England (15 credits)
  • Lyric and the Inner Life (15 credits)
  • Renaissance Wordplay (15 credits)
  • The Film of the Play (15 credits)
  • Victorians and Social Change (15 credits)
  • First World War Literature (15 credits)
  • Modern Poetry and the Place of Writing (15 credits)
  • US Slavery and the Literary Imagination (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Global Novels (15 credits)
  • Gender and Performance (15 credits)
  • Twentieth Century American Fiction (15 credits)
  • Experimental Theatre (15 credits)
  • Writing Africa: Anglophone, Francophone (15 credits)

Year 3

Final year students take 90 credits of Classics modules and 30 credits of English modules.

Required Modules

There are no core/compulsory Classics modules in Year 3.

Optional Modules

Classics

You are required to take 90 credits from optional classics modules, which may typically include:

  • Minoans and Mycenaeans (30 credits)
  • The Classical Art of the Body: Greek Sculpture (30 credits)
  • The Art of Making: Craft Production from Classical Antiquity to Today (30 credits)
  • Augustus: Power & Propaganda (30 credits)
  • The History & Theory of Ancient Slavery (30 credits)
  • Greek Religion (30 credits)
  • Pagans, Christians and Jews in the Roman Empire (30 credits)
  • 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 forever: fame and glory from Homeric heroes to Roman emperors (and beyond) (30 credits)
  • An Introduction to Classical Reception Studies in Sixteen Encounters (30 credits)
  • Dissertation on a classical subject (30 credits)
  • Greek Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Persian Kings and their Territory in the Achaemenid Empire (15 credits)
  • Latin Texts: Prose (15 credits)
  • Venice: history and art (15 credits)
  • Greek Texts: Poetry (15 credits)
  • Latin Texts: Poetry (15 credits)

English

You are required to take 30 credits from optional English modules, which may typically include:

  • Autobiography and Modern Self-Representation (15 credits)
  • Critically Queer (15 credits)
  • Jane Austen in Context (15 credits)
  • Beowulf (15 credits)
  • Postcolonial Perspectives (15 credits)
  • Imagined Worlds (15 credits)
  • Victorians Abroad (15 credits)
  • George Eliot: Fiction and Context (15 credits)
  • Shakespeare's London (15 credits)
  • Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Reading (15 credits)
  • Modernist Short Story (15 credits)
  • Lost Worlds: Victorian Literature and Science (15 credits)
  • Testimony: The Holocaust and Rwanda (15 credits)
  • Poetry in America 1900 – 1950 (15 credits)
  • Imagining Britain: Medieval Places, Journeys, Maps (15 credits)
  • The Life of the Sonnet (15 credits)
  • Narrating Nuclear Disaster (15 credits)
  • American West (15 credits)
  • Literature and Impressionism (15 credits)
  • Memory and Time in the Nineteenth Century (15 credits)
  • Court Cultures in the Age of Elizabeth I (15 credits)
  • James Joyce and Ulysses (15 credits)
  • The Art of Samuel Beckett (15 credits)
  • Melancholia and Its Modern Afterlife (15 credits)
  • Piers Plowman (15 credits)
  • Late Shakespeare (15 credits)
  • Intellectuals of the Black Atlantic World (15 credits)
  • Waste and Idleness (15 credits)
  • Reading Paradise Lost (15 credits)
  • Poetry in America 1950 – 2000 (15 credits)
  • Literature and Media (15 credits)
  • Medieval/Modern: Text, Culture and the Politics of Time (15 credits)
  • Theatre and Politics in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (15 credits)
  • Alternative Americas: Margins, Minorities & Historical Change in 19th-Century Society (15 credits)
  • Vernacular Theory (15 credits)
  • Conspiracy Fictions in Contemporary America (15 credits)
  • Literature, Solidarity & the Humanitarian Turn (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing Poetry (15 credits)

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

English Literature (or English language and literature)

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.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS 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

A-levels: AAB including English Literature (or English Language and Literature) at grade A.

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. Distinction required in Level 3 study of English Literature/English Language & Literature. Preferred subjects at Level 3: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including English Literature/English Language & Literature at D3.Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

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, including English Literature/English Language & Literature at grade A. 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, including English Literature/English Language & Literature at grade A. 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, including English Literature/English Language & Literature at grade A. Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher English Language / English Literature (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 including English Literature/English Language & Literature at grade HL 6.Preferred subjects: Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

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 15 2017.

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.

 

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.

Career destinations

Recent graduates of the department 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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