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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).

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


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


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.




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Course format and assessment


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.


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.


The course is primarily taught at King’s College London, Strand campus. Our location in the heart of London offers you access to one of the world’s most culturally rich cities, with a huge range of museums and galleries. You will also benefit from our extensive own facilities and resources. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.


Required Modules

You are required to take:

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

If you are a part-time student, you will take this module in your second year, along with 40 credits of optional modules from the list below. In your first year, you will take 80 credits of optional modules.

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)

• 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)

• Tacitus & Nero (40 credits)

• Early Modern Latin Poetry I (20 credits)

• Latin Epigraphy (40 credits)

• Roman Britain (40 credits)

• C.P. Cavafy: the Making of a Modernist (20 credits)

• One God, One Sea: Byzantium & Islam, 600–800 (20 credits)

• Persepolis (20 credits)

• Classical Frontiers: Northern Black Sea in Antiquity (20 credits)

• The City of Rome (British School at Rome Annual Postgraduate Course) (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)

• 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)

• A language module from the King’s Modern Language Centre (20 credits)

• Other 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 History

All subject to approvals.

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 World Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

Undergraduate degree with 2.1 honours in an appropriate subject, such as Classics, Classical Studies/Classical Civilisation, History, Archaeology, English Literature, Modern Languages, Comparative Literature, or Theatre Studies, Religious Studies, Film Studies, Liberal Arts, Politics, Philosophy; although applications from candidates qualified in any Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences are welcome.

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 £70 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 applications within four 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:

Classical World checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). In your personal statement, please tell us briefly why you want to undertake the MA in The Classical World and its Reception, 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 One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
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 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

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

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 fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,460 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,730 per year (2021/22)

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, 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

  •  travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

  •  graduation costs

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

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.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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