Classical Archaeology

Course Introduction

The Classical Archaeology BA is studied over three years. You also have the opportunity to participate in a fully-funded trip associated with the classical archaeology modules, courtesy of the Rumble fund.

Your first year of study will consist of one compulsory module that provides a rounded introduction to classical archaeology, and will develop your analytical skills and introduce you to advanced historical theory and methodology. You will also cover a range of art historical and archaeological approaches, including chronological, site-based, thematic, museum-based and regional. While focusing on art and archaeological modules, you can also select modules in literary studies and philosophy, and you can learn Latin or Greek at a level appropriate to your prior knowledge. The second year of is made up of optional modules, allowing you the freedom to develop your study pathway to reflect your interests. You will study art and archaeology modules totalling 60 credits, plus further modules totalling 60 credits, of which 30 may come from another Department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Department of War Studies. You also have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of the second year or for the whole of your second year. In your final year, you have the option to complete a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved subject of your choice with emphasis on self-directed research. The optional modules you will also study reflect the current research and expertise of staff in the department, providing you with the opportunity to study specialist subjects in-depth.

Teaching style

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.


Assessment methods will depend on the modules you have selected to study. The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations.


The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Special notes

Greek Play

The King’s Greek Play has been an annual tradition since 1953 and it is the only production in the country to be performed every year in the original Greek. Students (with all levels of Greek) participate in the direction, production and performance of the play, bringing to the stage playwrights from Aeschylus to Aristophanes.

Rumble Fund

In 2013 the Department of Classics created the Rumble Fund following a generous donation by a former student. This fund is used each year to pay for a group of students to visit classical lands as part of their degree programme.

Classics Society

Students run the Classics Society, which publishes the Satyrica newsletter and organizes regular lectures, theatre outings, themed parties, private tours around museums, nights out and trips abroad – in recent years, group expeditions have been made to Italy and Turkey.

Iris Project

The department also promotes teaching Latin in disadvantaged primary schools through the Iris Project; this offers students a highly unusual experience that is both enriching and will impress future employers.

Study abroad

You also have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of the second year or for the whole of the second year. Partner universities currently include:

University of Auckland

University of Melbourne

University of Toronto (Full year only)

University of California

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Up to five places exclusively available for Classics students)

University of Sydney

Find out more about studying abroad

Start Date


Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees

Qualifications Required

  • IELTS (Academic) -- 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill
  • PTE Academic -- 69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each skill
  • TOEFL (iBT) -- 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills
  • Cambridge English Advanced -- 185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill
  • Cambridge English Proficiency -- 185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill
  • Trinity ISE -- Level III (ISEIII) with merit in each skill
  • Institution's Own Test -- Pass the King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme with Band 7