Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Classical Archaeology

This Master's degree in classical archaeology allows you to undertake advanced study of the archaeology, history and cultural legacies of Ancient Greece and Rome. You will explore classical culture within the broader context of the ancient Mediterranean world and you will learn how to use material culture to better understand ancient societies. The course will also give you the key archaeological skills you need to retrieve and evaluate material evidence. You will learn in a culture of active research, with teaching and supervision from world-leading academics working at the cutting-edge in their fields. The course starts with an exploration of the broad themes of classical archaeology, including methodologies and interpretative approaches to the material past. While grounding you in the key theoretical approaches, the degree will also develop your practical skills, with an optional fieldwork module that covers major techniques and approaches to excavation. Another focus is on contemporary debates about the reception and interpretation of classical history and culture, particularly the meanings that have been attached to antiquities, which is a particular research strength in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology. You will develop the research skills and knowledge you need to research and write a dissertation on the subject that particularly interests you, under the supervision of one of our academic experts. If you wish, you can go on to pursue archaeological research at MPhil/PhD level or professionally and independently. This course is ideal for anybody fascinated by the archaeology and history of the classical past and it could help you prepare for a career in archaeology, museology, heritage management, education and conservation. **HIGHLIGHTS** - Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. Of our eligible staff, 94% submitted research, and we achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research. - Our Department is home to thriving student societies and a number of affiliated research centres that actively run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research. These include the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, the Raphael Samuel History Centre and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. - We are also at the heart of academic London with access to world-class research resources. We are five minutes' walk from the British Museum and the British Library, and the Institute of Historical Research - with its internationally renowned library collection and seminars that you can attend - is nearby. The Museum of London is a short tube ride away. - The Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarship fund offers a full fee-waiver for Home, EU and Overseas Master's students in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology (part-time awards are pro-rata). - Birkbeck Library has an extensive history collection, including the major specialist journals, and access to online materials.

Entry requirements

MA: Applicants are expected to have achieved a second-class honours BA. 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

Entirely by coursework: a 5000-5500-word essay for each option module and a 15,000-16,000-word dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Year 1 (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