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Full time | Birkbeck, University of London | 1 year | 02-OCT-23

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MA - Master of Arts

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Classical Literature Classical History Classical Philosophy

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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 research strength in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.


Graduates can pursue career paths in museums or galleries, research and archiving, or education. Possible professions include:

heritage manager

higher education lecturer

museum/gallery curator

newspaper journalist

secondary school teacher

Civil Service fast-streamer.


The main aim of the course is to help you to think about a variety of kinds of ancient evidence (e.g. different kinds of literary and material evidence) and some contemporary analytical frameworks that can be used to understand it. Each week, we approach a broad theme or question by considering a case-study that allows us to explore sources and methods in detail. The sessions proceed in broadly chronological order, from the archaic Mediterranean to the early Christian Empire. Themes considered will include politics and culture, religion, sex and sexuality, the writing of history, and the reception of classical culture in the modern world.

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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.

University information

Birkbeck, University of London is a university which continues to change lives. In 2023 the institution marks its 200th anniversary. Established in 1823, Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, well known for being London’s premier evening university. Most classes take place in the evening, and this makes Birkbeck stand out from the crowd. Students have the freedom to use their daytimes however they like – a benefit that has...more

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