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Classics - MA


Course Description

The MA Classics concentrates on the literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world in the original language.

Course Overview

If you wish to develop both of your of Classical languages then an MA in Classics is the degree for you. Classics degrees concentrate on the Greek and Latin languages at advanced level, as well as the literature of the ancient world. Existing knowledge of either Greek or Latin at advanced level is an entrance requirement for all Classics degrees. It is expected that candidates would have good knowledge of both languages to study for the MA in Classics. Some students progress from the PGDip in Greek, and the PGDip in Latin, to the MA in Classics.

Modules

-Advanced Greek Prose
-Advanced Greek Verse
-Advanced Latin Prose
-Advanced Latin Verse
-Myth in Greek and Roman Epic
-Erotic Poetry in the Ancient World

Key Features

The MA in Classics will have a special appeal to those students who wish to continue the study of Latin and Greek at advanced levels. Providing our students with a range of learning opportunities and excellent teaching is the primary aim of the School of Classics. We employ innovative methods and approaches that enhance our students’ learning throughout their studies.

All our modules are taught by specialists and active researchers. The influence of our research on our teaching offers our students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries.

Our programme is designed to help learners both on campus and at a distance. Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a live forum through which students and staff can interact, through which students are able better to revise and explore difficult topics and through which students are better able to access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.

Studying Classics with us here at University of Wales Trinity Saint David means research-led teaching and research-active learning in an environment that allows for both full use of the virtual world and the personal approach of expert tuition.

Assessment

An MA degree in Classics involves a range of assessment methods. All language modules are assessed by both coursework and examinations. Students in advanced languages have the opportunity to explore texts in detail, both in literary and in linguistic terms, through assessed critical commentaries and essays. Additionally, you will be assessed through bibliographic exercises, presentations – oral and PowerPoint based, creation of abstracts, in-house conference papers, article reviews, creation of project plans and, of course, the dissertation. This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in clear, professional and a lucid manner, whether orally or in writing.

Career Opportunities

The programme provides a broad foundation for postgraduate work, by laying particular emphasis on the languages, methodologies and research tools needed for independent advanced study, thus acting as training for students who intend to undertake an MPhil or PhD.

The course also provides a professional qualification for teachers or others seeking Continuing Professional Development.

Visit the Classics - MA page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jon Pearson

536.jpg Having completed my MA in Ancient History in 2007 I am now in the process of joining the army! Obviously this is a very different change in direction so how is my MA helping me? Firstly, even though I will not be using the knowledge I gained during the MA, it has enabled me to demonstrate that I have the commitment and intelligence to see a long, difficult and challenging task through to completion. Secondly, the MA puts me in an excellent position to carry on studying the ancient world if I decide to return to academic life in the future. Last, but certainly not least however, is the fact that studying for the MA under the guidance of the fantastic staff of the Lampeter Classics department has increased my understanding, knowledge and enjoyment of the ancient world beyond measure

(Student Profile)

Carrie Bates

“I am largely a self-directed learner, so the distance programme suits me to a T. Faculty and other contacts have been friendly and helpful when I needed help. It’s a very supportive environment without being intrusive.

“American PG Distance Latin programmes are almost non-existent, and those that are have stern, forbidding websites. The website for UWTSD has a friendly feel to it; I had the impression that the programme was geared toward accommodating students rather than vice versa. I teach history and philosophy at a small American university, and my approach is to make students feel as welcome as possible. When necessary, I accommodate their unique circumstances so that they have every chance to succeed in their coursework. UWTSD seemed to exemplify that same approach. It felt like it would be a good fit for me and so it has proved to be!” - Carrie Bates, PG Cert Latin (online), Potsdam, New York, USA

(Student Profile)

Eleftheria Siligkouna

The MA in Classics has been an opportunity for me to expand my horizons and to experience learning and knowledge through a different prism. It is a unique experience and one that I would highly recommend." - MA Classics (Online)


(Scholarship)

Postgraduate Study Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Available to UK students enrolling in their first year of a postgraduate programme who require
assistance with their fees. Awarded as fee reduction.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000

Eligibility

Available to UK students enrolling in their first year of a postgraduate programme who require assistance with their fees. Awarded as fee reduction.

Application Procedure

Application forms can be downloaded from: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/application-forms/
the application deadline for 2015/16 is 4th September 2015

Further Information

http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/



Entry Requirements

The traditional requirement for entry onto our MA degrees is a 2.1 or 1st class undergraduate degree. In addition, the School encourages students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience to apply. Additionally, for the MA in Classics, applicants are required to have knowledge of either Greek or Latin at advanced level, and it is desirable that they have a good knowledge of both ancient languages.

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