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Master Classical Art & Archaeology

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  • Objectives
    This programme offers advanced study of aspects of Greek and Roman archaeology and art; it provides training in the technical disciplines needed to undertake doctoral research in the fields of classical art and archaeology.
  • Entry requirements
    Minimum 2:1 BA degree in Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History, Classical Archaeology or a closely related subject, or overseas equivalents. Candidates must be able to use authors and sources in one or more relevant ancient languages.
  • Academic Title
    MA Classical Art & Archaeology
  • Course description
    Programme description

    - 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.
    - Unrivalled specialist seminar provision in both the KCL Department of Classics and the University of London Institute of Classical Studies.

    The MA programme in Classical Art & Archaeology 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 (but unassessed) core module, Undertaking Research in Classical Archaeology, three 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 archaeological and art-historical topics, one module may also be taken from the syllabuses for the MAs in Ancient History, Classics, and Late Antique & Byzantine Studies, including Latin and Ancient Greek at both intermediate and beginners levels.

    If you intend to pursue further research in classical archaeology or art history, you may 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.

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