Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Classical and Middle East Studies

UCAS code: QT86

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: History, Classics and Archaeology

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Classical and Middle East Studies

On MA Classical and Middle East Studies, you will develop a knowledge and understanding of the literature, culture and history of the Mediterranean, Europe and the Middle East.

This distinctive programme will offer society intellectually trained individuals who are capable of interpreting and problematising the shared heritage of both the classical world and the Middle East (and thus also of the west and Islam).

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Year 1

You will take two courses on Islamic history. You will select two survey courses on the history and culture of the Greek and Roman worlds. Additionally, you will choose two courses from a wide range of options.

Year 2

You will take two courses, covering either Modern Middle Eastern History or Islam and Islamic and Middle Eastern Cultures; you will also select two classics (non-language) second-year courses. Additionally, you will choose two courses from a wide range of options.

Year 3

You will select two classics honours courses, and two courses on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies or related subjects. You will complete a further two courses from Middle Eastern studies and/or classics.

Year 4

You will write a double-weighted dissertation on a topic of your choice in either classics or Middle East studies. You will also complete four relevant honours courses from classics and Islamic and Middle Eastern studies.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

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Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

You will be taught in the School of History, Classics & Archaeology and in other lecture rooms and classrooms around George Square in the University's Central Area. The School building is home to a Student Research Room and subject collections; the University Library and computing facilities are located in George Square.

Study abroad

Opportunities to study abroad are available in this subject area.

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, seminar groups and tutorials. Some classes take you out of the classroom and into the local museums and libraries.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by exams and coursework, and sometimes by practical exercises.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

Programme details (2017/18)

Graduates will be very well placed to pursue important postgraduate research. They will also bring important critical analytical skills and cultural and theoretical understanding into the wider marketplace, in the non-governmental sector, the Civil Service, industry, commerce, heritage industries and education.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AABB.
  • A Levels: AAB.
  • IB: 36 Points (665 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Classical and Middle East Studies

Additional Costs

None.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding