Our course offers you the opportunity to study Greek and Roman art and archaeology at one of the largest Classics departments in the UK. The course is intercollegiate with options taught at King’s, UCL and Royal Holloway and you can take advantage of our close links to the Institute of Classical Studies, one of the UK’s best Classical libraries.It gives you the unique opportunity to acquire technical skills provided by optional modules in papyrology, epigraphy and palaeography.It leads to further research or careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.
• 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 2017).
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
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department of Classics
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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 seminarsIn 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 tutorWe 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 supervisionDuring 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.
TeachingWe 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. 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.
AssessmentWe typically assess our modules through a combination of coursework and examinations, and the amount of coursework we expect you to produce will be greater for modules which are worth more credits. For your dissertation module you will write a 12,000-word thesis.Regulating bodyKing's College London is regulated by the Office for Students.
You are required to take:
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• Master’s modules offered by: - UCL Department of Greek & Latin - UCL Department of History - UCL Institute of Archaeology - RHUL Department of Classics - RHUL Department of HistoryAll 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.
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.
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 £60 applies.
You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:
We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019. Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.
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.
Students starting their programme in 2019/20 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 2020/21.
These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
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 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.
In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
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"Studying at King’s gives you the opportunity to take advantage of the long British tradition in the field of Classical Archaeology, along with the reputation of a very famous institute. The staff are always available to assist me and provide me with everything I need."
"The intercollegiate program has meant access to modules and resources, including libraries, from three universities, allowing me to design a program tailored to my needs, among a huge choice of modules, and also allowing me to meet a larger group of peers and staff members."
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