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Our course offers you the opportunity to study Greek and Roman art and archaeology at one of the largest Classics departments in the UK. The course is intercollegiate with options taught at King’s, UCL and Royal Holloway and you can take advantage of our close links to the Institute of Classical Studies, one of the UK’s best Classical libraries.

It gives you the unique opportunity to acquire technical skills provided by optional modules in papyrology, epigraphy and palaeography.

It leads to further research or careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.

Key benefits

• Study in one of the UK’s largest and oldest departments of Classics. Classics has been taught on the Strand for over 200 years.

• Unrivalled location for the study of the ancient world thanks to London’s unique range of specialist libraries, museums and galleries.

• Extraordinarily wide choice of modules, drawing on the resources of the whole of the University of London.

• King’s graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates in the UK. King’s was ranked 4th in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017).


Through this Classical Art & Archaeology MA you will examine painting, pottery, sculpture and mosaics, and explore the craftsmanship that produced archeologically significant works. Traditionally, classical archaeology has focused on the art history of Classical Greece and Italy, but has more recently branched out geographically and chronologically. Archaeology has also become more theoretical in recent decades.

This course explores the relationship between humans and their material environment. We consider engagement in field projects as essential for the continuing health of the discipline. All trends are well represented here at King’s.

Our expert staff cover an extraordinarily wide range of specialisms including Bronze Age Aegean, Late Antique and Byzantine archaeology and architecture, Roman Britain, Persian monuments, Greek pottery and Roman mosaics, while many other staff members employ art historical and archaeological methods in their work.

The MA course consists of a wide range of optional modules and a research dissertation. You will be trained in a variety of research skills and the unique opportunity to acquire technical skills in the handling of documentary evidence through modules in Greek Papyrology and Greek & Roman Epigraphy. Greek & Latin Palaeography will be particularly valuable to students who intend to pursue further research in classical archaeology or art history.

As well as archaeological and art-historical topics, you can also choose modules from MA courses across the university, including Ancient History, Classics, and Late Antique & Byzantine Studies. Students also have the opportunity to study Latin and Ancient Greek.

We offer our MA on an intercollegiate basis, combining 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.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Research Training & Dissertation in Classical Archaeology (60 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, students are required to choose modules totalling 40 credits from a range of Archaeology modules that typically includes:

• The Classical Art of the Body: Greek Sculpture & its Legacy (40 credits)

• The Art of Making: Craft Production from Classical Antiquity to Today (40 credits)

• Roman Britain (40 credits)• Exhibiting Classical Antiquities (20 credits)

• Living in Byzantium I: Material Culture & Built Environment in Late Antiquity (20 credits)

• Living in Byzantium II: Material Culture & Built Environment in the Middle Ages (20 credits)

• Classical Frontiers: Northern Black Sea in Antiquity (20 credits)

Choose two to four modules totalling 80 credits from a range of options that typically includes:

• Beginners’ Ancient Greek for Research (40 credits)

• Intermediate Ancient Greek for Research (40 credits)

• Medieval Latin Literature (40 credits)

• Skills for Medievalists: Palaeography (20 credits)

• Homer (40 credits)

• The Reception of Roman Comedy (20 credits)

• Homeric Presences in Greek Poetry & Shorter Prose Since 1890 (20 credits)

• Modern Greek Poetry & the Epic Tradition (20 credits)

• CP Cavafy: the Making of a Modernist (20 credits)

• Early Modern Latin Poetry I (20 credits)

• Tacitus & Nero (40 credits)

• Latin Epigraphy (40 credits)

• Roman Britain (40 credits)

• Roman Egypt (40 credits)

• One God, One Sea: Byzantium & Islam, 600–800 (20 credits)

• Persepolis (20 credits)• Greek Religion: Myth & Meaning (20 credits)

• Greek Religion: Culture & Cognition (20 credits)

• The City of Rome (British School at Rome Annual Postgraduate Course) (40 credits)

• Up to 20 credits from King’s Modern Language Centre

• Master’s modules offered by:

  - UCL Department of Greek & Latin

  - UCL Department of History

  - UCL Institute of Archaeology

  - RHUL Department of Classics

  - RHUL Department of History

All subject to approvals.

If you are a part-time student, you will take the required module in your second year along with 40 credits of optional modules. In your first year, you will take 40 credits of Archaeology modules and 40 credits of optional modules. 

Career prospects

Our graduates use our training to pursue further research in our department. Others transfer the skills and knowledge they develop with us to careers in teaching, journalism, cultural management, or the financial sector.

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