Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Classical Archaeology

This programme is devoted to the advanced study of the archaeological, historical and cultural legacies of ancient Greece and Rome within their Mediterranean context. It will provide you with the skills required to retrieve and evaluate archaeological evidence and use the material culture of the classical period to enhance our understanding of ancient cultures and societies. This programme is ideal for anybody interested in the material and historical conditions of the classical past who is preparing for doctoral or professional research or specialist work in heritage management. The course starts with an exploration of the broad themes of classical archaeology, including methodological and interpretative approaches to the classical material past. While grounding you in theoretical approaches, the course will also develop your practical skills with a fieldwork module that covers major techniques and approaches to excavation. Another focus of the course is contemporary debates about the reception and interpretation of classical history and culture, particularly the meanings that have been attached to classical archaeological objects. You will also develop a critical understanding of archaeological research that will enable you to go on to complete a dissertation on a subject of particular interest to you and, if you wish, go on to pursue archaeological research at MPhil/PhD level, professionally or independently.

Entry requirements

At least a 2nd Class Honours BA; we also offer a 1-year Graduate Certificate, 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 modules include: Themes and concepts in archaeology; dissertation; research dissertation. Indicative option modules may include: Archaeological architecture; between words and walls: housing in the Graeco-roman world; field school: buried humanities; frameworks for archaeology: curatorial archaeology in England; from temples to museums: post-classical encounters with classical antiquities; material worlds the city of Rome: ancient to medieval; the edge of empire: the archaeology of roman frontiers.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 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