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MA in Classics

The MA in Classics is a traditional taught course which focuses on the language and literature of the ancient world. This is an intercollegiate course, offered jointly with King’s College London and University College London. This partnership offers students an unparalleled range of courses and access to the unrivalled research resources available in central London. Students choose from a menu of courses which covers not only Greek and Latin literature, the major periods of ancient history, ancient philosophy and the Greek and Latin languages, but also key technical skills such as papyrology, epigraphy, and palaeography.

Students take the equivalent of three full-year units in the autumn and spring terms, which are mainly assessed by written coursework. Each full year course is worth 40 credits. Students then spend the summer working on their dissertations, and submit them in September.

Part time students usually take two taught courses in their first year, then a third taught course and the dissertation in the second year. Each element is examined in the year when it is taken.

Programme structure for the MA in Classics:

  • At least one course (40 credits) that tests knowledge of Greek or Latin in the original language, or 40 credits of language acquisition.
  • One course (40 credits) chosen from the list of available Classics MA courses.
  • A further 40 credits from the available course choices.
  • CL5000: Dissertation in the field of classical language, literature or thought, or the classical tradition (60 credits), 10,000-12,000 words.
  • Research Training in Classics (not weighted) – a seminar series to support you in writing your dissertation.

Staff research expertise

Staff in the Classics department at Royal Holloway offer a range of expertise in classical language and literature:

If you have further questions, please e-mail our Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies, Dr. Liz Gloyn.



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