Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Classical Civilisation (Classics)

This Master's degree in classical civilisation is a unique, interdisciplinary programme that offers graduates of subjects other than classics the opportunity to study the classical world at postgraduate level without prior knowledge or study of Latin or Greek. You can focus on multiple aspects of ancient Greek and Roman archaeology, history and culture from the archaic period through the classical era to late antiquity, including literary and material evidence. A particular focus of the programme is contemporary debate about the reception and interpretation of classical history and culture, particularly the meanings that have been attached to the classical past, including archaeological objects, architectural remains and literary works. The course starts with a broad introduction to postgraduate study of the classical world, with sessions proceeding in broadly chronological order from the archaic Mediterranean to the early Christian empire. Themes considered will include politics and culture, religion, sex and sexuality, the writing of history, and the reception of classical culture in the modern world. You will also have the opportunity to study Greek or Latin from beginners' to advanced level, while a wide range of option modules allow you to explore and expand your interests more fully. You will receive training in research methods and techniques that will give you the confidence and skills to research and write a dissertation on a subject of particular interest to you.

Entry requirements

MA: A good degree in an arts subject. No previous knowledge of Greek or Latin is required. We will also normally consider social science and science graduates, and applicants with other qualifications. We also offer a 1-year Graduate Certificate in History, which can be used as a conversion course if you want to study at postgraduate level, but have a degree in a significantly different discipline. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English: IELTS Academic Test score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

You must take and pass 3 modules, including Introduction to Classical Culture. Assessment is by submitted essay - 4 essays of 5000 words each - and a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 8,175 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 14,850 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 14,850 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,175 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone number: 
02076316268