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Ancient History BA

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Overview

 On our Ancient History BA degree you can explore a huge range of diverse periods, countries and cultures. You can study topics to suit your interests – from earliest Greece to Rome and beyond, and right up to the influence of Classics on modern history and current affairs. Our course also covers a vast geographical area, from Roman Britain to the Black Sea, Persia, Egypt and North Africa. While you will focus on the historical modules, you will also have the opportunity to learn Latin and/ or Greek and explore study areas in literature, art and philosophy.

 

Key benefits

  • One of the largest Classics departments in the UK, with unique coverage from the Bronze Age to Modern Greece.
  • Top five Classics departments in the UK, renowned for its quality of teaching, student experience and cutting-edge research (QS World Rankings 2018).
  • Central location offers collaborations with the British Museum and other cultural institutions, which are incorporated into our teaching.
  • Our course combines focus and flexibility, allowing students to pursue their interests.
  • You will acquire analytical and presentational skills valued by employers in heritage-related professions, the media, education, civil service and the performing arts.
  • The possibility to transfer to the Classics (Greek & Latin) BA in Year 2, provided that in Year 1 you took Greek & Latin Literature: An Introduction (30 credits) and a Greek or Latin language module (30 credits).

Key information

UCAS code Q806

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Classics

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Description

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.

Teaching style

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.

Course structure

This is a three-year course in which you will study a combination of required and optional modules totalling 120 credits in each year

Assessment

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.

Location

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.

Special notes

Greek Play

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.

Rumble Fund

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.

Classics Society

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.

Iris Project

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.

Study abroad

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.

Structure

Year 1

This is a three-year course in which you will study a combination of required and optional modules totalling 120 credits in each year.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of the second year or for the whole of the 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
Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Introduction to Ancient History (c 1200 BC– AD 600), (30 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 90 credits, which may include 30-credits of Greek or Latin language acquisition, from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Art & Archaeology of Greece & Rome (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Ancient Philosophy (30 credits)
  • Greek & Latin Literature: An Introduction (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 1 (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)

With the approval of the course convenor, you may also choose to substitute one Classics module from any of the appropriate 15-credit Level 4 (Year 1) modules offered by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Global Institutes.

Year 2

 You are required to take 60 credits from a range of Ancient History modules, plus a further 60 credits from a range of which 30 may come from another department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Department of War Studies.

Required Modules

There are no required modules in year 2.

Optional Modules

You are required to take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 120, from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Greek Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 3A (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 3A (30 credits)
  • Roman Britain (30 credits)
  • Roman Art 1: Art, Power & Authority (15 credits)
  • From Sulla to Caesar: The Fall of the Roman Republic (15 credits)
  • Early Greece from Troy to Marathon (15 credits)
  • The World from Babylon: 911–ca550 BC (15 credits)
  • Democracy, Empire & War: Greece 446–338 BC (15 credits)
  • Pompeii: History & Society (15 credits)
  • Ancient Sexuality I (15 credits)
  • Mapping Society & the Past: Historians & Sophists (15 credits)
  • Who Needs Myth? (15 credits)
  • Myth & Literature: Ancient Stories, Modern Meanings (15 credits)
  • Female Voices in Greek & Latin Literature (15 credits)

You have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of the second year or for the whole of the 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
  • University of Sydney

Year 3

You are required to take 60 credits of Ancient History modules, plus a further 60 credits, of which 30 may come from another department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Department of War Studies.

Required Modules

There are no required modules in Year 3.

Optional Modules

You are required to take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 120, from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Augustus: Power & Propaganda (30 credits)
  • Pagans, Christians & Jews in the Roman Empire (30 credits)
  • The Rise of Rome, c.650–70 BC (30 credits)
  •  Streetwise: Narrating the City in Classical Literature (30 credits)
  •  Neronian Literature & Culture (30 credits)
  •  An Introduction to Classical Reception Studies in Sixteen Encounters (30 credits)
  •  Dissertation (30 credits)
  •  Persian Kings & their Territory in the Achaemenid Empire (15 credits)
  •  Venice: History & Art (15 credits)
  •  Origins of Nations & Nationalism: Identity in the Hellenic world (15 credits)
  •  Descent to the Underworld: Transformations of a Myth (15 credits)
  •  Romanticism & Revolution: Byron, the Shelley’s & Greece (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.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

None

Preferred subjects

Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History preferred

Further information and other requirements

Qualification requirements
A-Level AAB Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.
Access to HE Diploma

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)   D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate 35 points including 6,6,5 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Selection procedure

Application: Once an application has been submitted to UCAS, forms are sent to the Department for assessment. Members of staff then consider how far the applicant has shown evidence of the qualities of mind we most value in potential Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Classical Archaeology students, and of aptitude for linguistic study. UCAS forms are also assessed on the basis of the information they contain concerning the applicant's actual or predicted performance at A-level and GCSE (or their equivalents), the personal statement, and the references provided.

Application deadline: January 15th 2020

Decision: In most cases, a decision will be reached, and the offer of a place made, on this basis. But where we feel that there are matters that need further discussion, an applicant will be invited to come to the Department for an interview. This may be because we feel we need more information about the applicant's previous academic experience, or because we want to make sure that the degree applied for really is what the applicant is looking for. A decision will then be made on the strength of the combination of the interview and the UCAS form.

Open Days: Applicants who are offered places on the basis of the UCAS form alone will also receive an invitation to a Department Open Day. The Open Day programme includes a welcome and description of the Department from the Admissions Tutor, a short sample 'lecture' from another member of staff, tours of the Strand Campus and Maughan Library, and the chance to talk to some current students and other members of the teaching staff. There will also be a complementary programme for accompanying parents.

 

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) 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.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you choose the study abroad option, King’s will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

 King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

 You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

 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

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

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 law, banking, the civil service, information technology, librarianship, education, heritage industries, the media, journalism and the performing arts, while others choose to stay and pursue postgraduate qualifications at King’s.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

  • Assistant Tax Advisor, Ernst & Young
  • Human Resources Administrator, Health Resources International
  • Web Administrator, Intrico Products Ltd
  • Illustrator, Self Employed Illustrator
  • Marketing and Publishing Graduate scheme, the Telegraph Media group
  • Research Intern, Environment Agency
  • Sales Operations Admin, Associated Press TV news
  • Latin Teacher at a university
  • Client Relations Associate, Fidelity Investment Managers
  • Customer Management Executive, CMC Markets
  • Senior Course Support Assistant, Coventry University

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