Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Ancient History and Classical Archaeology

UCAS code: VV14

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: History, Classics and Archaeology

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Ancient History and Classical Archaeology

On MA Ancient History and Classical Archaeology, study of the history and material culture of the classical civilisations will be at the core of your studies.

You will develop a range of disciplinary skills used by historians, archaeologists and art historians. The programme requires the careful interpretation of scanty but complex written and material evidence to understand peoples who are chronologically remote but highly significant to the modern world. In addition to the study of the Greek and Roman civilisations from the bronze age to late antiquity and Byzantium, you will have the opportunity to study other ancient peoples and civilisations such as the Etruscans, the Persians and the Carthaginians.

You will gain an understanding of Graeco-Roman society within its geographical context and will analyse and evaluate a wide range of texts, works of art, artefacts, archaeological sites, and other material evidence. The programme will challenge you to confront the sometimes rather divergent pictures of the classical world given by the different bodies of evidence – textual and material – and is thus both intellectually demanding and intrinsically interesting. There will also be opportunities for gaining practical skills in excavation, for which there may be some funding available.

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Year 1

You will complete four survey courses on the history and culture of the Greek and Roman worlds from archaic Greece down to the later Roman empire. You will additionally choose two courses from a wide range of options, usually from outside classics.

Year 2

Your curriculum includes two ancient history courses, two courses on Greek and Roman art and archaeology, and a further two courses from a wide range of options.

Year 3

You will select two ancient history honours courses, two courses in classical art/archaeology, one course from either group and one course from any area of classics.

Year 4

You will select two ancient history honours courses and two classical art/archaeology honours courses and will write a double-weighted dissertation on a topic of your choice in classics.

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.

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Programme details (2017/18)

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.

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 Ancient History and Classical Archaeology

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