United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

This graduate diploma is ideal as a bridge to master's study or beyond if you are new to the study of the classical world. The Classical Studies Graduate Diploma is a multi-disciplinary study course designed both for graduates who are looking to strengthen and expand their understanding of the classics and also for students from other backgrounds requiring an in-depth understanding to key areas of the subject. The Graduate Diploma is a highly flexible study pathway that offers you the opportunity to customise your module choices to reflect your academic interests.

Key Benefits:

  • Top five for Classics & Ancient History in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2018). Our Department is one of the world's largest and most distinguished departments of Classics.
  • Unrivalled location for the study of the ancient world thanks to London's unique range of specialist libraries, museums and galleries.
  • Ideal preparation for further graduate study in all areas of Classics.
  • King's graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. Ranked 6th in the UK for graduate employment (Times and Sunday Times Good Universities Guide 2016).

Who should take this course

The Classical Studies Graduate Diploma is a multi-disciplinary study course designed both for graduates who are looking to strengthen and expand their understanding of the classics and also for students from other backgrounds requiring an in-depth understanding to key areas of the subject. T

This programme is designed for applicants who have a 2:1 Bachelors degree in a subject other than Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Classical Archaeology.


Grad Dip

Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You are required to take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules:

  • There are no required modules for this course.

Optional Modules:

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

  • Minoans & Mycenaeans (30 credits)
  • The Classical Art of the Body: Greek Sculpture (30 credits)
  • The Art of Making: Craft Production From Classical Antiquity to Today (30 credits)
  • Augustus: Power & Propaganda (30 credits)
  • The History & Theory of Ancient Slavery (30 credits)
  • Greek Religion (30 credits)
  • Pagans, Christians & Jews in the Roman Empire (30 credits)
  • 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 Forever: Fame & Glory From Homeric Heroes to Roman Emperors (& Beyond) (30 credits)
  • An Introduction to Classical Reception Studies in Sixteen Encounters (30 credits)
  • Graduate Diploma in Classical Studies Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 1 for Graduate Diploma (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 2 for Graduate Diploma (30 credits)
  • Greek Language 3 for Graduate Diploma (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 1 for Graduate Diploma (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 2 for Graduate Diploma (30 credits)
  • Latin Language 3 for Graduate Diploma (30 credits)
  • Greek Texts IX (Prose): Various Texts (15 credits)
  • Death in Greek Literature (15 credits)
  • Virgil's Aeneid (15 credits)
  • The Art of Acquisition: Conquest, Collection & the Rise of Rome (Hellenistic Art II) (15 credits)
  • Building Greece (15 credits)
  • Constantinople: Imperial Capital - Medieval Metropolis (15 credits)
  • Introductory Greek Texts IV (Verse): Various Texts (15 credits)
  • Wisdom & the Divine: Ancient Greek Philosophy & Religion (15 credits)
  • Ancient Sexuality I (15 credits)
  • Ancient Sexuality II (15 credits)
  • Latin Lyric Poetry (15 credits)
  • The Novels of Nikos Kazantzakis & the Ancient World (15 credits)
  • Persian Kings & Their Territory in the Achaemenid Empire (15 credits)
  • Latin Texts VIII (Prose): Various Texts (15 credits)
  • Venice: History & Art (15 credits)
  • Greek Texts VII (Poetry): Various Texts (15 credits)
  • Latin Texts V (Poetry): Various Texts (15 credits)

You can also choose modules worth 30 credits from a range of Level 4 (undergraduate, Year 1) and Level 5 (undergraduate, Year 2) which may typically include:

  • Art & Archaeology of Greece & Rome (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Ancient History (c 1200 BC-AD 600) (30 credits)
  • Greek & Latin Literature: An Introduction (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Ancient Philosophy (30 credits)
  • Working with Greek & Latin Literary Texts (An Introduction) (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)
  • Art & Power in the Age of Alexander (Hellenistic Art I) (15 credits)
  • Art & Empire: The Legacy of Byzantium (15 credits)
  • Introductory Greek Texts III (Prose): Various Texts (15 credits)
  • From Sulla to Caesar: the Fall of the Roman Republic (15 credits)
  • Early Greece from Troy to Marathon (15 credits)
  • Pompeii: History & Society (15 credits)
  • Introductory Latin Texts I (Prose): Various Texts (15 credits)
  • Homer (15 credits)
  • Myth & Literature: Ancient Stories, Modern Meanings (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.


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About Course Provider

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