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Birkbeck, University of London

Classical Studies with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: QQ6R

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

Classical studies

BA Classical Studies with Foundation Year allows you to explore and critically analyse Classical culture, history, archaeology, philosophy and literature. Choosing from a wide range of options, you can study the culture and history of Greek and Roman societies across the Mediterranean and Near East, from the Archaic period to the Roman imperial period and Late Antiquity, and the reception of Classical culture in later periods of history.

You will also be encouraged to engage in wider debate on how we interpret the Classical world and why this matters - debate that is at the forefront of current research in all disciplines of Classical antiquity. In doing so, you will confront both the admirable and the disturbing facets of Greek and Roman cultures, as we delve into democracy, slavery, sexuality and empire.

This is a structured programme of taught modules, designed to develop understanding and critical skills and a deep knowledge of Classical history and culture. It involves examining the nature of our knowledge about the past and the way in which histories and texts are written. We encourage you to assess ancient source material (textual and archaeological) and to question accepted histories and traditions about the past, so that you will develop the ability to construct and present a convincing argument.

At Birkbeck we are firm believers that the study of the Classical world should be accessible to all. We attract a wide range of motivated and intellectually curious students of many different ages and backgrounds who enjoy learning and discussion in evening lectures and seminars. Many of our students have no prior knowledge of either Greek or Latin. As part of this degree you will take at least one language option at a suitable level, often beginner level, and you will have the opportunity to develop your language skills over the duration of your degree.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can automatically progress on to our three-year, full-time evening study BA Classical Studies.

**HIGHLIGHTS**

- Our Foundation Year programmes will fully prepare you for undergraduate study and are ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.

- The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology was ranked top in the UK for intellectual stimulation in our discipline in the 2019 National Student Survey and first in London for teaching quality.

- We are an international centre of excellence. Since 2001 we have consistently been in the top ten departments evaluated by the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

- We are the only university department in London to include historians, classicists and archaeologists investigating every period from prehistory to the early twenty-first century. We see the study of the classical past as crucial for our understanding of present-day society, culture and politics. You can expect stimulating teaching from a team of international experts in Greek and Roman history and culture, including Professor Jennifer Baird, Professor Christy Constantakopoulou, Professor Catharine Edwards and Dr Benjamin Gray.

- We are at the heart of academic London with access to unparalleled research resources. The Institute of Classical Studies, with its library, training facilities and seminars, is nearby. The British Museum, with its extensive collection of classical antiquities, is situated next door. The British Library, the largest national library in the world, is five minutes' walk away.

- The Department is home to thriving student societies and a number of affiliated research centres that actively run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Each module is examined at the end of the academic year in which it is taken (usually by three-hour papers) and you must write a dissertation of 7000 words on a subject of your choice.

Every module you take includes some form of assessment and, in addition, an attendance requirement, so you will need to attend at least 60% of classes in order to pass.

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

History, Classics and Archaeology

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UK students
13%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
29%
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