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Classical Studies BA

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Overview

Explore the ancient world on our most flexible Classical degree. On the Classical Studies BA, you can investigate all aspects of Greece and Rome, with further modules offered on the Near East, Byzantium, and modern Greece. You may also explore the influence of Greece and Rome on later history and culture, including the contemporary world.

With no required modules, this is our most flexible degree – allowing you to shape your pathway based on your own areas of interest.

 

Key benefits

  • Top five for Classics in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2018). Our Department is renowned for its quality of teaching, student experience and cutting-edge research.

  • King’s Department of Classics is one of the largest in the UK, with unique coverage from the Bronze Age to Modern Greece.

  • Collaborations with the British Museum and other cultural institutions, which are incorporated into undergraduate teaching.

  • Our degree course combines focus and flexibility, allowing you to pursue your interests.

  • You will acquire analytical and presentational skills valued by employers, leading to careers 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).

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Key information

UCAS code Q810

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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Undergraduate study

With a strong tradition stretching back almost 200 years, our focus spans across Ancient History, Classical Art and Archaeology, Ancient Greek and Latin languages, literature and thought, and Byzantine and Modern Greek studies. Find out more about the Department of Classics

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Course detail

Description

Our Classical Studies BA course embraces the study of Greece and Rome through researching their languages, literature, thought, religion, art, archaeology and history, and debating their influence on subsequent ages.

The Classical Studies degree is a three-year course that is comprised of modules totalling 360 credits. Each year, you will take modules totalling 120 credits; and with no required modules, this is an unusually flexible course that you can tailor to reflect you particular interests.

Teaching

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.

Assessment

The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations.

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 select.

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
All students are offered the unique opportunity to study abroad as part of a Classics degree at King’s, and recent popular destinations include The University of California and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Structure

Year 1

There are no required modules at any stage of this course. Instead you will select from a range of optional modules to achieve a total of 120 credits for each year of the course.

Required Modules

There are no required modules in Year 1.

Optional Modules

You will choose modules totalling 120 credits, which may typically include:

  • Art & Archaeology of Greece & Rome (30 credits) 
  • Introduction to Ancient History (c. 1200 BCAD 600) (30 credits)
  • Greek & Latin Literature: An Introduction (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Ancient Philosophy (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Byzantium and 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 can also choose to substitute one 15 credit Level 4 (Year 1) Classics module with an appropriate Level 4 module offered by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Global Institutes.

View a complete list of modules and descriptions.

Year 2

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

There are no required modules in Year 2.

Optional Modules

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

  • Homer (15 credits)• Early Greece from Troy to Marathon (15 credits)
  • The World from Babylon: 911–ca550 BC (15 credits)
  • Sex & the Symposium: The Evidence of Athenian Painted Pottery (15 credits)
  • Democracy, Empire & War: Greece 446–338 BC (15 credits)
  • Virgil’s Aeneid (15 credits)
  • Latin Love Elegy (15 credits)
  • Pompeii: History & Society (15 credits)
  • Ancient Sexuality I (15 credits)
  • Mapping Society & the Past: Historians & Sophists (15 credits)
  • Roman Art 1: Art, Power & Authority (15 credits)
  • Who Needs Myth? (15 credits)
  • Myth & Literature: Ancient Stories, Modern Meanings (15 credits)
  • Female Voices in Greek & Latin Literature (15 credits)
  • Greek Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 1 (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 3A (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 3A (30 credits)
  • Greek Drama (30 credits)
  • Roman Britain (30 credits)

You can choose to study modules totalling 30 credits from another department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Global Institutes, with the approval of the department.

Year 3

 

Required Modules

There are no required modules in Year 3.

 

Optional Modules

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

  • 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 for Ever: Fame & Glory from Homeric Heroes to Roman Emperors (& Beyond) (30 credits)
  • Minoans & Mycenaeans (30 credits)
  • Archaeology of the Western Roman Provinces (30 credits)
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire (30 credits)
  • The Classical Art of the Body: Greek Sculpture & its Legacy (30 credits)
  • Augustus: Power & Propaganda (30 credits)
  • Pagans, Christians & Jews in the Roman Empire (30 credits)
  • The Rise of Rome, c650–70 BC (30 credits)
  • An Introduction to Classical Reception Studies in Sixteen Encounters (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Descent to the Underworld: Transformations of a Myth (15 credits)
  • Venice: History & Art (15 credits)
  • Persian Kings & their Territory in the Achaemenid Empire (15 credits)
  • Origins of Nations & Nationalism: Identity in the Hellenic World (15 credits)

You can also choose to study modules totalling 30 credits from another department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Global Institutes, with the approval of the department.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses. 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

Classical Studies Entry 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 2019

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 parent

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 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 2019/20 (September 2019) 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.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 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

In addition to your tuition fees, 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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