The Classical World and Its Reception

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

Course Overview

Our course explores the way the Classical world has been reflected in the art, literature and culture of later periods, and how the ancient world has shaped the modern. You will be taught in the Department of Classics, by experts in the field of Classical reception. Our research and teaching strengths stretch from the Aegean Bronze Age and the ancient Near East, through Greece and Rome to Byzantine and Modern Greek literature and culture, giving the course a breadth unmatched anywhere in the UK.

The course is interdisciplinary, and is open to students with no prior knowledge of ancient languages.

Key benefits:

  • 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 fourth in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017).

Who should take this course

Undergraduate degree with 2.1 honours in an appropriate subject, such as Classics, Classical Studies/Classical Civilisation, History, Archaeology, English Literature, Modern Languages, Comparative Literature, or Theatre Studies, Religious Studies, Film Studies, Liberal Arts, Politics, Philosophy; although applications from candidates qualified in any Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences are welcome.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules:

You are required to take:

  • Research Training & Dissertation in Classical Reception (60 Credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take this module in your second year, along with 40 credits of optional modules from the list below. In your first year, you will take 80 credits of optional modules.

Optional Modules:

In addition you are required to take three to six modules (totalling 120 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 and the Epic Tradition (20 Credits)
  • Tacitus & Nero (40 Credits)
  • Early Modern Latin Poetry I (20 Credits)
  • Latin Epigraphy (40 Credits)
  • Roman Britain (40 Credits)
  • C.P. Cavafy: the Making of a Modernist (20 Credits)
  • One God, One Sea: Byzantium & Islam, 600-800 (20 Credits)
  • Persepolis (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 & 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 and Built Environment in the Middle Ages (20 Credits)
  • A language module from the King's Modern Language Centre (20 credits)
  • Other master's modules offered by:

  • UCL Department of Greek & Latin

  • UCL Department of History
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology
  • RHUL Department of Classics
  • RHUL Department of History

All subject to approvals.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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