- Extraordinarily wide and flexible range of module choices, drawing on the combined expertise of staff in KCL, UCL and Royal Holloway.
- Unrivalled location for the study of the ancient world thanks to London's unique range of specialist libraries, museums and galleries.
- Extensive specialist seminar provision in both the KCL Department of Classics and the London University Institute of Classical Studies.
The MA programme in Ancient History is organised on an intercollegiate basis, so that the programme offerings combine the expertise of staff in all three of the participating colleges – King's, UCL and Royal Holloway. It centres on the University's Institute of Classical Studies, which not only contains a world-class research library, but also hosts the richest programme of seminars, conferences, and occasional lectures for this subject area in the UK.
The programme consists of a compulsory core module, Sources & Methods in Ancient History, two optional modules, and a dissertation of which the first and last elements provide particularly concentrated training in research techniques and methodology. Modules are taught both with texts in the original languages, and with translated texts. Besides purely ancient historical topics, modules may also be taken from the syllabuses for the MAs in Classics, Classical Archaeology & Art, and Late Antique & Byzantine Studies, including Latin and Ancient Greek at both intermediate and beginners levels.
If you intend to pursue further research in ancient history, you will find particular value in the unique opportunities to acquire technical skills in the handling of documentary evidence provided by modules in Greek Papyrology, Greek & Roman Epigraphy, and Greek & Latin Palaeography.
Programme format and assessment
Three taught core and optional modules assessed by coursework and/or examination plus a compulsory dissertation of 12,000 words. All four components carry equal marks.