Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The Ancient Greek and Roman worlds offer a wealth of fascinating areas of study, including history, literature, archaeology and philosophy. The BA Classics enables you to develop a high level of competence in Ancient Greek and/or Latin, which you can make the main focus of your degree or use to enrich your study of a wide range of complementary option modules across these different Classical disciplines. Full-time Classics students must have at least introductory-level knowledge of either Greek or Latin, which can be acquired (for example) at a summer school immediately before starting the programme; without this level of preparation, absolute beginners are encouraged to take the four-year part-time version of this course. On the programme, you will develop your skills in one or both languages at a range of levels; you will also have the chance to read ancient texts in depth in the original.

The modules which you can select to complement your language learning cover the culture or history of Greek and Roman societies across the Mediterranean and Near East, from the archaic period to the Roman imperial period and Late Antiquity, and the reception of Classical culture in later periods of history. Like the language modules, these are taught by international experts in the relevant fields of Classics.

The BA Classics is a structured programme of taught modules, designed to develop understanding and critical skills and a deep knowledge of Classical language, literature and culture. It involves examining the nature of our understanding of the Classical past and its literature. We encourage you to engage with textual material and to question accepted traditions about the past, so that you will develop the ability to construct and present a convincing argument.

**HIGHLIGHTS**

- The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology was ranked top in the UK for intellectual stimulation in our discipline in the 2019 National Student Survey and first in London for teaching quality.

- We are an international centre of excellence. Since 2001 we have consistently been in the top ten departments evaluated by the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

- Our research is unique in its range across geographical and chronological boundaries. We are the only university department in London to include historians, classicists and archaeologists investigating every period from prehistory to the early twenty-first century. We see the study of the classical past as crucial for our understanding of present-day society, culture and politics.

- We are at the heart of academic London with access to unparalleled research resources. The Institute of Classical Studies, with its library, training facilities and seminars, is nearby. The British Museum, with its extensive collection of classical antiquities, is situated next door. The British Library, the largest national library in the world, is five minutes' walk away.

- The Department is home to thriving student societies and a number of affiliated research centres that actively run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.

Course Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Start Date:

10/2020

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £14,000 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £6,935 European Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £6,935 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £10,500 Overseas Fees