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Classics

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,B

A-level in either Greek or Latin.

UCAS Tariff

96-120

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Classical studies

Our BA Classics immerses you in the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds and offers you a wealth of fascinating areas of study, including history, literature, archaeology and philosophy. This Classics degree also enables you to develop a high level of competence in Ancient Greek and/or Latin, which you can make the main focus of your degree or use to enrich your study of a wide range of complementary option modules across these different Classical disciplines. You will develop your skills in one or both languages at a range of levels and you will also have the chance to read ancient texts in depth in the original.

You can select other modules on the BA Classics to complement your language learning. These cover the culture or 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. Like the language modules, these are taught by international experts in the relevant fields of Classics.

The BA Classics is a structured programme of taught modules, designed to develop your understanding and critical skills and give you a deep knowledge of Classical language, literature and culture. It involves examining the nature of our understanding of the Classical past and its literature. We encourage you to engage with textual material and to question accepted traditions about the past, so that you develop the ability to construct and present a convincing argument.

As a full-time Classics student, you must have at least an introductory-level knowledge of either Greek or Latin, which can be acquired (for example) at a summer school immediately before starting the programme. Without this level of preparation, absolute beginners are encouraged to take the four-year part-time version of this course.

**Highlights**

- 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).

- Situated in historic Bloomsbury, we are at the heart of academic London with access to unparalleled research resources. Situated very close by are: the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of Classical Studies, with their specialist libraries, training facilities and seminars; the British Museum and other world-class galleries and museums; and the British Library, the largest national library in the world.

- The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology 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.

- Get a flavour of the Department through the wide range of free online and in-person seminars, workshops and tasters; check out our Discover the Past and Taster programmes as well as events at the Raphael Samuel History Centre, a leading centre for public history which the Department co-directs.

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 10,000 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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
International
£14,560
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

History, Classics and Archaeology

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
30%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C

After graduation


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History and archaeology

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