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About the course

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. 

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Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree in an arts subject. No knowledge of Greek or Latin required. We also consider social science and science graduates.

Our Graduate Certificate in History can be used as a conversion course if you have a degree in a different discipline.

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 and at least 7.0 in writing.

 Course Content

Where is Birkbeck, University of London


Student Profile(s)

Brian Hanley

Brian Hanley’s reason for choosing to study an MA in Classical Civilisation is clear – pure enjoyment.
'I had some experience of the subject as part of my undergraduate degree, and I had always wanted to go deeper into the subject. To have the opportunity to explore classical history was too good to be true. People ask what I had hoped to get out of the course: for me it was simple pleasure.'

Brian (46) was running his own yoga studio, but when business started tiling off, he saw it as an opportunity to explore his passion for classical history:

'The course gave me the confidence to tackle something new, including a career change. I now have a much more highly tuned sense of analysis which I didn’t have before. Socially, too, Birkbeck was great; the class really gelled – I have made some friends for life.'

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