Taught course

Classical Civilisation

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · History, Classics and Archaeology
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above 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 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.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Our MA Classical Civilisation is ideal for graduates with no 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.

This interdisciplinary Master’s degree 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 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, 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.

Highlights
  • The 2019 National Student Survey ranked the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology top in the UK for intellectual stimulation, 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.
  • All Master’s students are eligible to apply for our prestigious Eric Hobsbawm Scholarships. One of the most influential historians of the twentieth century, Eric Hobsbawm taught at Birkbeck for over five decades and embodied what is central to our teaching and research: a continued commitment to critical enquiry and public engagement.
  • We are at the heart of academic London with access to unparalleled research resources. Situated very close by are: the Institute of Classical Studies, with its library, training facilities and seminars; the British Museum, with its extensive collection of classical antiquities; and the British Library, the largest national library in the world.

Information for international students

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.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3907 0700