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Reception of the Classical World - MA

Course Description

The Reception of the Classical World MA investigates the interactions of later ages with the cultures of the ancient world across a variety of media, making extensive use of London's unique resources of literary, historical and artistic study and research.

Degree information

Students gain a thorough grounding in the key figures, narratives, art forms, concepts, and social, religious and political practices of the classical world that have been most put to use by later cultures. They are equipped with necessary research tools, including training in the use of digital resources online, library catalogues and archives.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (40 credits), two optional modules (80 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Approaches to the Reception of the Classical World

Optional modules - dedicated reception modules have included:
-Rome on Film
-Ancient Greece on Stage
-Dionysus in Rome
-Athens in Ancient and Modern Political Thought

Students can also choose from the full menu of modules available for the Classics MA which includes:
-Dionysus in Rome
-Greek or Latin Papyrology
-Greek or Latin Epigraphy
-Medieval Latin Literature

All students undertake an independent research project on a subject related to the reception of the classical world, which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and research visits to relevant institutions. Seminars will provide practical tuition in bibliographic searches and the use of a variety of electronic databases. Student performance will be assessed through coursework essays, unseen examination and the dissertation.


The MA is an ideal springboard for a PhD programme. Many students go on to pursue research at UCL and in other institutions; others have developed their skills in teaching, journalism, cultural management or the financial sector.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Editorial Assistant, McMillan
-Classics, The University of Oxford
-PhD Classics, Princeton University
-Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL)
-Research Degree: Greek and Latin, University College London (UCL)

The MA in Reception offers a wide range of skills highly valued by employers, such as advanced literary, advanced oral communication, the ability to abstract and synthesise information, the ability to construct and manage arguments, independent and critical thinking on difficult issues, competence in planning and executing essays, presentations and projects, self-motivation, information technology skills (including the ability to access and evaluate electronic data), team work, cooperation, and good time management. Students go on to employment in many sectors, including advertising, publishing, education, law, finance, libraries and museums, and the culture industries (including theatre and the media).

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme makes extensive use of the unique features of UCL: its central location, diverse international expertise and interdisciplinary outlook. Students benefit from research tours of nearby resources, such as the British Museum, the Warburg Institute and Courtauld Institutes, Sir John Soane's Museum, and the British Film Institute.

UCL Greek & Latin is recognised as one of the leading international centres for postgraduate study and research in the ancient world. Students benefit from the large range of modules offered by the department, by other departments at UCL, and by the intercollegiate Classics MA programme.

Visit the Reception of the Classical World - MA page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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