UCAS code: VQ17
Duration: 4 years
School: History, Classics and Archaeology
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
On MA Ancient History and Greek, you will combine the study of the history of the Graeco-Roman world with the study of the ancient Greek language.
The programme is of particular educational value in that it develops the disciplinary skills of the historian in combination with linguistic knowledge and interpretation of literature.
You will have the opportunity to study the Greek and Roman civilisations from the bronze age to late antiquity and Byzantium, as well as being able to take courses on other ancient peoples and civilisations such as the Etruscans, the Persians and the Carthaginians. The study of Greek will give you access to one of the world’s great literatures: you will read foundational texts of the western tradition – epic, tragedy, philosophy and history – in their original language. The ability to read texts in Greek will also enrich and deepen your study of ancient history.
You will study two survey courses on the history and culture of the Greek and/or Roman worlds. You will choose two courses of beginners’ or advanced intermediate Greek, as appropriate. You will additionally select two courses from a wide range of options, usually from outside classics.
Your curriculum includes two thematic courses in ancient history and two advanced Greek courses, as well as a further two courses from a wide range of options.
You will take a course in Greek language, and select three ancient history honours courses. You will also select a further two Greek honours courses.
You will write a double-weighted dissertation on a topic of your choice in classics. You will also select one or two ancient history honours courses and two or three Greek honours courses.
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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.
Opportunities to study abroad are available in this subject area.
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.
You will be assessed by exams and coursework, and sometimes by practical exercises.
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.
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You’ll gain practical, intellectual and theoretical skills that are highly valued by employers. You’ll gain rigorous mental training in a range of disciplines, enabling you to demonstrate intellectual flexibility and the ability to adapt to new situations and to learn new skills.
By working with distant sources and inconclusive evidence, you’ll learn to think logically and to develop sound research and analytical skills. You’ll learn how to make links between what you already know and what you still need to find out. You’ll be taught how to compile and critically evaluate evidence in order to formulate and present an argument coherently.
Our Classics graduates have gone on to pursue a range of career paths. Previous graduates now work in journalism, museums, teaching, academia, accountancy, finance, IT, publishing, the armed forces, the legal profession and the civil service.
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We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
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.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
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:
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