Your first year of study will consist of one required module that provides a rounded introduction to ancient history and which will develop your analytical skills and introduce you to advanced historical theory and methodology.
The second year of is made up of optional modules, allowing you the freedom to develop a study pathway that reflects your interests. You will study ancient history modules totalling 60 credits, plus further modules totalling 60 credits, of which 30 may come from another department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Department of War Studies. You also have the opportunity to study abroad in your second year.
In your final year, you have the option to complete a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved subject of your choice with emphasis placed on self-directed research. The optional modules you will also study are designed to reflect the current research and expertise of staff in the Department, providing you with the opportunity to study specialist subjects in-depth.
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 additionally be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
This is a three-year course in which you will study a combination of required and optional modules totalling 120 credits in each year
Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include coursework essays, written examinations and individual or group presentations. In your first year, you will be assessed by an approximately even combination of coursework essays and written examinations. In your second and third years, depending on your choice of modules you may experience more modules assessed by coursework or more modules assessed by written exams or an even mixture of both.
The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you choose to study.
The King’s Greek Play has been an annual tradition since 1953 and it is the only production in the country to be performed every year in the original Greek. Students (with all levels of Greek) participate in the direction, production and performance of the play, bringing to the stage playwrights from Aeschylus to Aristophanes.
In 2013 the Department of Classics created the Rumble Fund following a generous donation by a former student. This fund is used each year to pay for a group of students to visit classical lands as part of their degree programme.
Students run the Classics Society, which publishes the Satyrica newsletter and organizes regular lectures, theatre outings, themed parties, private tours around museums, nights out and trips abroad – in recent years, group expeditions have been made to Italy and Turkey.
The department also promotes teaching Latin in disadvantaged primary schools through the Iris Project; this offers students a highly unusual experience that is both enriching and will impress future employers.
It is easier now than ever before to spend part of your time as a King's student studying abroad. Second year students have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of their second year or for the whole of their second year. Partner universities currently include:
- University of Auckland
- University of Melbourne
- University of Toronto (Full year only)
- University of California
- University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Up to five places exclusively available for Classics students)
- University of Sydney
Find out more about studying abroad
Our students also have opportunities to attend the annual summer schools at the British Schools in Athens and Rome, and participate in archaeological excavations in Greece and Italy, as well as further afield.