Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This interdisciplinary Master?s degree in classics is ideal for graduates with prior knowledge or study of Greek and Latin who want to undertake advanced study of the classical world at postgraduate level. We offer you the chance to explore multiple aspects of ancient Greek and Roman archaeology, history and culture, from the archaic period through the classical era to late antiquity, including Greek and Latin literature and the archaeology and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean. You will learn in a culture of active research, with teaching and supervision from world-leading academics working at the cutting edge in their fields.

The course starts with a broadly chronological introduction to the classical world, from the archaic Mediterranean to the early Christian Roman Empire. You will explore politics and culture, religion, sex and sexuality, the writing of history, and the reception of classical culture in the modern world, particularly the meanings that have been attached to the classical past, which is a particular research strength in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.

You will also continue your study of Greek or Latin, enhancing your language comprehension to an 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, which will give you the confidence and skills to research and write a dissertation on a subject of particular interest to you, with guidance and supervision from one of our academic experts.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates can pursue a career in museums or galleries, research and archiving, or education. Possible professions include heritage manager, higher education lecturer, museum/gallery curator, or newspaper journalist. This degree can also be useful in a variety of roles within the fields of education and local or national government, such as secondary school teacher or Civil Service fast streamer.

Start Date:

One to two evenings a week.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,640 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £15,720 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,640 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,320 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £7,860 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,320 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: A second-class honours 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 offer a one-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.
  • International entry requirements: A second-class honours 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 offer a one-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, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.
  • IELTS score: 7