Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

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.

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.

Course Additional Entry

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.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees