Our Ancient History MA offers you the opportunity to study Greek, Roman and near-Eastern history at an advanced level. You'll also learn and refine the techniques and skills you need to be able to analyse and interpret a variety of historical sources. This is an intercollegiate course that draws on the strengths of King's, UCL and Royal Holloway and the Institute of Classical Studies. Leads to further research or careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.
- 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 4th in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017).
Who should take this course
2:1 BA degree with honours in Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, History or a closely related subject.
Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
You are required to take:
- Sources & Methods in Ancient History (40 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
If you are a part-time student, you will take Sources and Methods in Ancient History in your first year, along with 40 credits of optional modules. In your second year, you will take your dissertation module and a further 40 credits of optional modules.
In addition, you are required to take two to four modules totalling 80 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)
- CP Cavafy: the Making of a Modernist (20 credits)
- Early Modern Latin Poetry I (20 credits)
- Tacitus & Nero (40 credits)
- Latin Epigraphy (40 credits)
- Roman Britain (40 credits)
- Roman Egypt (40 credits)
- One God, One Sea: Byzantium & Islam, 600-800 (20 credits)
- Persepolis (20 credits)
- Greek Religion: Myth & Meaning (20 credits)
- Greek Religion: Culture & Cognition (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 and 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)
- Full time overseas fees:
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