Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme offers an interdisciplinary approach to the classical world for graduates with prior knowledge and study of Greek or Latin. 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.

Course Modules

Core module: Introduction to classical culture. Option modules may include (choose 1): 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; Greek set book (b); Latin set book ' statius thebaid; literature in translation: Homer; saving the phenomena: a history of ancient scientific thought; the Athenian empire; the city of Rome: ancient to medieval; 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; under the volcano ' the first and last days of Pompeii.

Course Additional Entry

A good degree in an arts subject. Proficiency in either Greek or Latin. 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, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (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) £13,950  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,225  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees