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Classical Studies Grad Dip

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This graduate diploma is ideal as a bridge to master’s study or beyond if you are new to the study of the classical world. The Classical Studies Graduate Diploma is a multi-disciplinary study course designed both for graduates who are looking to strengthen and expand their understanding of the classics and also for students from other backgrounds requiring an in-depth understanding to key areas of the subject. The Graduate Diploma is a highly flexible study pathway that offers you the opportunity to customise your module choices to reflect your academic interests.

Key Benefits

  • Top five for Classics & Ancient History in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2018). Our Department is one of the world’s largest and most distinguished departments of Classics.

  • Unrivalled location for the study of the ancient world thanks to London’s unique range of specialist libraries, museums and galleries.

  • Ideal preparation for further graduate study in all areas of Classics.

  • King’s graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. Ranked 6th in the UK for graduate employment (Times and Sunday Times Good Universities Guide 2016).

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Key information

Application status Open

Duration Nine months FT, 18 months PT, September to June.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 120/ECTS 60

Course intake Approximately 5.

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



Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Classics



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Course detail


The Classical Studies Graduate Diploma is a highly flexible academic study pathway that offers you the opportunity to customise your module choices to reflect your academic interests. You can choose from a wide range of topics to study that typically include Greek & Roman Literature, Greek & Roman History, Classical Art & Archaeology and Late Antique & Byzantine Studies. Additionally, if you wish to study Greek or Latin language modules, they can be studied at a level to reflect your language abilities. You must take modules totalling 120 credits to complete the course.

If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in nine months, from September to June. If you are studying part-time, your course will take 18 months to complete.


As well as the extensive library resources at King's, you will have access to the world-leading Classics library at the Institute of Classical Studies, as well as other University of London libraries.

Research seminars
In the Department of Classics we run a research seminar series (which Graduate Diploma students are encouraged to attend), where you will learn about the current research of our academic staff and PhD students. There are also University of London research seminars organized through the Institute of Classical Studies, for example in Ancient History, Classical Archaeology and Art, Classical Literature, and Ancient Philosophy, where you will be able to listen to and meet leading scholars from around the world. There is also the Late Antique & Byzantine Studies seminar, which is organized by the Centre for Hellenic Studies.

Greek Play
Every year (since 1953), students in the Department of Classics have produced and performed a Greek play - the only production in the UK to be performed annually in the original Greek. Read more about the Greek Play (and its history) at King's: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/classics/about/greek/index.aspx

Iris Project and the Inner London Latin Project
Over the past few years, students in the Department of Classics have been teaching in the capital's state primary schools, offering pupils in large, mixed-ability classes the opportunity to learn about Latin in fun, accessible and relevant ways. Read more about the Iris Project at King’s: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/classics/about/collab/iris.aspx

Course purpose

The Diploma is appropriate for you if you are a graduate in a subject not closely related to Ancient History or Classics; it provides a bridge to further study at MA level or beyond, or you can take it as a self-contained programme.

Course format and assessment


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.

If you are a full-time student, we will provide you with six to eight hours of teaching through lectures and seminars across the year. We expect you to undertake around 35 hours of independent study per week.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with two to six hours of teaching through lectures and seminars in your first and in your second year. We will expect you to undertake eight to fourteen hours of independent study per week.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. You may also choose to complete an optional dissertation with up to five hours’ supervision and approximately 500 hours of additional selfstudy.


Assessment methods will depend on the modules you have selected to study. The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework and examinations. 



Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You are required to take modules totalling 120 credits.
Required Modules

There are no required modules for this course.

Optional Modules

You are required to take 120 credits from a range of modules, which may typically include:

  • Minoans & 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 & Jews in the Roman Empire (30 credits)
  • Streetwise: Narrating the City in Classical Literature (30 credits)
  • Neronian Literature & Culture (30 credits)
  • Plato’s Myths: the Soul, Desire & the Beyond (30 credits)
  • Living Forever: Fame & Glory From Homeric Heroes to Roman Emperors (& Beyond) (30 credits)
  • An Introduction to Classical Reception Studies in Sixteen Encounters (30 credits)
  • Graduate Diploma in Classical Studies Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 1 for Graduate Diploma (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 2 for Graduate Diploma (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 3 for Graduate Diploma (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 1 for Graduate Diploma (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 2 for Graduate Diploma (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 3 for Graduate Diploma (30 credits)
  • Greek Texts IX (Prose): Various Texts (15 credits)
  • Death in Greek Literature (15 credits)
  • The Art of Acquisition: Conquest, Collection & 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)
  • Wisdom & the Divine: Ancient Greek Philosophy & Religion (15 credits)
  • Ancient Sexuality I (15 credits)
  • Ancient Sexuality II (15 credits)
  • Latin Lyric Poetry (15 credits)
  • The Novels of Nikos Kazantzakis & the Ancient World (15 credits)
  • Persian Kings & Their Territory in the Achaemenid Empire (15 credits)
  • Latin Texts VIII (Prose): Various Texts (15 credits)
  • Venice: History & Art (15 credits)
  • Greek Texts VII (Poetry): Various Texts (15 credits)
  • Latin Texts V (Poetry): Various Texts (15 credits)

You can also choose modules worth 30 credits from a range of Level 4 (undergraduate, Year 1) and Level 5 (undergraduate, Year 2) which 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)
  • Working with Greek & Latin Literary Texts (An Introduction) (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Byzantium & 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)
  • Art & 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 & Society (15 credits)
  • Introductory Latin Texts I (Prose): Various Texts (15 credits)
  • Homer (15 credits)
  • Virgil's Aeneid (15 credits)
  • Myth & Literature: Ancient Stories, Modern Meanings (15 credits)

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 that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.



Entry requirements & how to apply

Classics Grad Dip Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

This programme is designed for applicants who have a 2:1 Bachelors degree in a subject other than Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Classical Archaeology.

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

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

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.

Personal statement and supporting information

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

Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Please tell us briefly why you want to undertake the Graduate Diploma, and what you are hoping to do afterwards.
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 One academic reference is required. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application


Application closing date

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. 

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.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £6,940 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £14,175 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £3,470 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £7,090 per year (2019/20)

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 receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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

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 teaching, journalism, publishing, finance, politics, and the cultural or heritage sectors. While others choose to stay and pursue further postgraduate qualifications at King’s

Career destinations

Our graduates go on to work in a range of professions including teaching, journalism, publishing, finance, politics, and the cultural or heritage sectors. While others choose to stay and pursue further postgraduate qualifications at King’s.


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