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Classical Art & Archaeology MA

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Overview

Study Greek and Roman art and archaeology at one of the largest Classics departments in the UK.  Our course is intercollegiate with options taught at King’s, UCL and Royal Holloway, giving you a wide range of topics to choose from as well as being able to take advantage of our close links to the Institute of Classical Studies, one of the UK’s best Classical libraries.

On the course you will have the unique opportunity to acquire technical skills provided by optional modules in papyrology, epigraphy and palaeography.

Students on the course have gone on to careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors amongst others. 


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 4th in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018).

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

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/contact-us.aspx

 

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Classics

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Description

Through this Classical Art & Archaeology MA you will examine painting, pottery, sculpture and mosaics, and explore the craftsmanship that produced archeologically significant works. Traditionally, classical archaeology has focused on the art history of Classical Greece and Italy, but has more recently branched out geographically and chronologically. Archaeology has also become more theoretical in recent decades.

This course explores the relationship between humans and their material environment. We consider engagement in field projects as essential for the continuing health of the discipline. All trends are well represented here at King’s.

Our expert staff cover an extraordinarily wide range of specialisms including Bronze Age Aegean, Late Antique and Byzantine archaeology and architecture, Roman Britain, Persian monuments, Greek pottery and Roman mosaics, while many other staff members employ art historical and archaeological methods in their work.

The MA course consists of a wide range of optional modules and a research dissertation. You will be trained in a variety of research skills and the unique opportunity to acquire technical skills in the handling of documentary evidence through modules in Greek Papyrology and Greek & Roman Epigraphy. Greek & Latin Palaeography will be particularly valuable to students who intend to pursue further research in classical archaeology or art history.

As well as archaeological and art-historical topics, you can also choose modules from MA courses across the university, including Ancient History, Classics, and Late Antique & Byzantine Studies. Students also have the opportunity to study Latin and Ancient Greek.

We offer our MA on an intercollegiate basis, combining 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.

Research seminars
In the Department of Classics we run a research seminar series (which we encourage MA students to attend), where you will learn about the current research of our academic staff and PhD students. Our Department also regularly hosts major research conferences with speakers from around the world.

Personal tutor
We will assign you 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.

Location
This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus.

London has been a centre for the collection and display of ancient art and artefacts for many centuries, and this has had a great influence on British heritage. We are strongly committed to exploring the role that ancient art and archaeology has had and continues to have in this local context of a global capital. Our central location means that you will benefit from unrivalled access to the city’s collections, as well as our own extensive resources and facilities.

Course format and assessment

Teaching
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 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 from a member of the Department, depending on your chosen topic, who will oversee your work on it. We will expect you to undertake 575 hours of independent study.

Typically one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment
Most modules at MA level are assessed by coursework essays (some require commentaries or museum floor plans). Some may involve written examinations. Language modules at MA level will typically include in-class tests and end-of-year written examinations.

Regulating body
King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Research Training & Dissertation in Classical Archaeology (60 credits)

 

Optional Modules

In addition, students are required to choose modules totalling 40 credits from a range of Archaeology modules that typically includes:

  • 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 (40 credits)
  • Exhibiting Classical Antiquities (20 credits)
  • Living in Byzantium I: Material Culture & Built Environment in Late Antiquity (20 credits)
  • Living in Byzantium II: Material Culture & Built Environment in the Middle Ages (20 credits)
  • Classical Frontiers: Northern Black Sea in Antiquity (20 credits)

Choose two to four modules totalling 80 credits from a range of options that 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 & Shorter Prose Since 1890 (20 credits)
  • Modern Greek Poetry & the Epic Tradition (20 credits)
  • CP Cavafy: the Making of a Modernist (20 credits)
  • Early Modern Latin Poetry I (20 credits)
  • Tacitus & Nero (40 credits)
  • Latin Epigraphy (40 credits)
  • Roman Britain (40 credits)
  • Roman Egypt (40 credits)
  • One God, One Sea: Byzantium & Islam, 600–800 (20 credits)
  • Persepolis (20 credits)
  • Greek Religion: Myth & Meaning (20 credits)
  • Greek Religion: Culture & Cognition (20 credits)
  • The City of Rome (British School at Rome Annual Postgraduate Course) (40 credits)
  • Up to 20 credits from King’s Modern Language Centre

You can also take master's modues offered at UCL or Royal Holloway (RHUL) in the following departments:

  • UCL Department of Greek & Latin
  • UCL Department of History
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology
  • RHUL Department of Classics
  • RHUL Department of History

All subject to approvals.

If you are a part-time student, you will take the required module in your second year along with 40 credits of optional modules. In your first year, you will take 40 credits of Archaeology modules and 40 credits of optional modules.

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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Classical Arts Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements   2:1

2:1 BA degree with honours in Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, History or a closely related subject.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band C Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

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 complete applications within four to six 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 apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statment Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. In your personal statement, please tell us briefly why you want to undertake the MA in Classical Art & Archaeology, 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.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but 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 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

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.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,350 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,175 per year (2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2020, payment is due by 30 April 2020.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within 2 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.

 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

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Career prospects

Our graduates use the skills and knowledge they develop with us to careers in teaching, journalism, cultural management, or the financial sector or to go on to further study. 

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