Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Classical Civilisation (Classics)

This programme 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

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

Core module: Introduction to classical culture. Option modules: 8 ancient things - approaches to ancient material culture; ancient political thought and its medieval legacy; archaeological architecture; from temples to museums: post-classical encounters with classical antiquities; literature in translation: homer the Athenian empire; the edge of empire: the archaeology of roman frontiers; the Greeks and the sea; the medieval Mediterranean; the past in the present: classical archaeology in the modern world; the politics of culture in Neronian Rome. Language modules: Advanced Greek; advanced Latin; beginners Greek beginners' Latin; intermediate Greek; intermediate Latin.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,950 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 13,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,950 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time evening £ 3,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time evening £ 6,875 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time evening £ 3,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6268