The Classical Archaeology BA course comprises modules totalling 360 credits and will be studied over three years. You also have the opportunity to participate in a fully-funded trip associated with the classical archaeology modules, courtesy of the Rumble fund.
Your first year of study will consist of one required module that provides a rounded introduction to classical archaeology, and will develop your analytical skills and introduce you to advanced historical theory and methodology.
You will also cover a range of art historical and archaeological approaches, including chronological, site-based, thematic, museum-based and regional.
While focusing on art and archaeological modules, you can also select modules in literary studies and philosophy, and you can learn Latin or Greek at a level appropriate to your prior knowledge.
The second year is made up of optional modules, allowing you the freedom to develop your study pathway to reflect your interests. You will study art and archaeology 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 the second semester of the second year or for the whole of 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 on self-directed research. The optional modules you will also study 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 programme. 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.
Our assessment mixes examinations and essays, and all modules offer formative assessment to let you explore your ideas. The class of degree you are awarded will be determined by your performance in each year of your course. Each year will, to an extent, build on the last another. The purpose of this system of assessment is to allow you to build philosophical material and skills, each stage giving you a good grounding for the next.
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 select.
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.
You also 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
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.