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The Classical World and its Reception MA

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This course explores the way the Classical world has been reflected in the art, literature and culture of later periods, and how the ancient world has shaped the modern. You will be taught in the Department of Classics, by experts in the field of Classical reception. Our research and teaching strengths stretch from the Aegean Bronze Age and the ancient Near East, through Greece and Rome to Byzantine and Modern Greek literature and culture, giving the course a breadth unmatched anywhere in the UK. The course is interdisciplinary, and is open to students with no prior knowledge of ancient languages.

Key benefits

  • Study in one of the UK's largest and oldest departments of Classics. Classics has been taught on the Strand for over 200 years.
  • 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 in the UK. King's was ranked fourth in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017).

Our MA course focuses on the way the classical world has influenced the culture of later periods, and how it continues to do so. With a strong focus on research the course is taught in the Department of Classics by experts in the field of classical reception. Our Department’s research and teaching strengths stretch from the Aegean Bronze Age and the ancient Near East, through Greece and Rome to Byzantine and Modern Greek literature and culture. This means we can offer you a breadth of expertise that is unmatched anywhere in the world. Through this advanced course of study, we will develop your literary, historical and archaeological analysis skills, and provide you with the opportunity to learn ancient and modern languages to extend these skills. 

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

If you are a full-time student, we will typically provide you with six to eight hours of teaching through lectures and seminars each week, 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 through lectures and seminars each week, 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 575 hours of independent study.

Typically, one credit equates to typically 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework essays, individual or group presentations and written examinations.

    Structure

    Required modules

    You are required to take:

    Research Training & Dissertation in Classical Reception (60 credits)

    Optional modules

    In addition you are required to take three to six modules (totalling 120 credits) from a range of options that may typically include:

    Beginners’ Ancient Greek for Research (40 credits)
    Intermediate Ancient Greek for Research (40 credits)
    The Classical Art of the Body: Greek Sculpture & its Legacy (40 credits)
    The Art of Making: Craft Production from Classical Antiquity to Today (40 credits)
    Roman Britain (20 credits)
    Exhibiting Classical Antiquities (20 credits)
    Alexander’s Afterlife (20 credits)
    Persepolis (20 credits)
    Living in Byzantium: Material Culture & Built Environment in Late Antiquity (20 credits)
    Classical Frontiers: Northern Black Sea in Antiquity (20 credits)
    Medieval Latin Literature (40 credits)
    Homer (40 credits)
    Latin Lyric Poetry (20 credits)
    Tacitus & Nero (40 credits) · Latin Epigraphy (40 credits)
    A language module from King’s Modern Language Centre (15 credits) subject to approval

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

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    The advanced skills that we give you have proved very popular with employers in a wide range of professions, and many of our graduates use the skills and knowledge they develop with us to pursue further research in our Department. Others go on to excel in careers in teaching, journalism, cultural management or the financial sector.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

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

    Deposit

    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 deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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.

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

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, 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
    • Stationary
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    Our MA course focuses on the way the classical world has influenced the culture of later periods, and how it continues to do so. With a strong focus on research the course is taught in the Department of Classics by experts in the field of classical reception. Our Department’s research and teaching strengths stretch from the Aegean Bronze Age and the ancient Near East, through Greece and Rome to Byzantine and Modern Greek literature and culture. This means we can offer you a breadth of expertise that is unmatched anywhere in the world. Through this advanced course of study, we will develop your literary, historical and archaeological analysis skills, and provide you with the opportunity to learn ancient and modern languages to extend these skills. 

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    If you are a full-time student, we will typically provide you with six to eight hours of teaching through lectures and seminars each week, 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 through lectures and seminars each week, 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 575 hours of independent study.

    Typically, one credit equates to typically 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework essays, individual or group presentations and written examinations.

      Structure

      Required modules

      You are required to take:

      Research Training & Dissertation in Classical Reception (60 credits)

      Optional modules

      In addition you are required to take three to six modules (totalling 120 credits) from a range of options that may typically include:

      Beginners’ Ancient Greek for Research (40 credits)
      Intermediate Ancient Greek for Research (40 credits)
      The Classical Art of the Body: Greek Sculpture & its Legacy (40 credits)
      The Art of Making: Craft Production from Classical Antiquity to Today (40 credits)
      Roman Britain (20 credits)
      Exhibiting Classical Antiquities (20 credits)
      Alexander’s Afterlife (20 credits)
      Persepolis (20 credits)
      Living in Byzantium: Material Culture & Built Environment in Late Antiquity (20 credits)
      Classical Frontiers: Northern Black Sea in Antiquity (20 credits)
      Medieval Latin Literature (40 credits)
      Homer (40 credits)
      Latin Lyric Poetry (20 credits)
      Tacitus & Nero (40 credits) · Latin Epigraphy (40 credits)
      A language module from King’s Modern Language Centre (15 credits) subject to approval

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

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      The advanced skills that we give you have proved very popular with employers in a wide range of professions, and many of our graduates use the skills and knowledge they develop with us to pursue further research in our Department. Others go on to excel in careers in teaching, journalism, cultural management or the financial sector.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

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

      Deposit

      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 deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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.

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

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, 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
      • Stationary
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • Graduation costs

      Funding

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