This section presents the structure of the programme in relation to the University’s Curriculum Framework.
Modes of study: the standard mode of study for the MA in Classical Archaeology and Latin is full-time.
Programme-specific entry, typical programme structure and progression requirements:
- The programme is open to students with or without prior knowledge of archaeology or Latin.
- First-year Latin is taught in two different streams to take account of the students’ previous linguistic attainment: absolute beginners take Latin 1a (1st semester) and Latin 1b (2nd semester), while those who already have a secure knowledge of the language take Latin 1c (1st semester) and Latin 1d (2nd semester). [Students in 1c and 1d read the same texts and attend classes with those in 2a and 2b (see below), but have separate and different tutorials and examinations.]
- In second year, both streams converge to Latin 2a (1st semester) and Latin 2b (2nd semester).
- At first-year level, all students are required to successfully complete (at 40% or above) two out of four 20-credit Classics courses that provide an introduction to the study of the ancient world (‘The Roman World 1a’; ‘The Roman World 1b’; ‘The Greek World 1a’; ‘The Greek World 1b’); students are moreover required to take a further 40 credits of their choice.
- At second-year level, students are required to complete successfully (at 50% or above at first attempt) two 20 credit courses specific to the study of classical archaeology (‘Classical Art 2A’ and ‘Classical Archaeology 2B’), and Latin 2a and Latin 2b; and 40 further credits of their choice.
- At Honours level, students are required to take in each of the two Honours years 120 credits. In Year 3, 20 credits must be from Latin language (A), and in Year 4, 40 credits must be from the Dissertation and 20 credits from Latin language (B). In Year 3, at least 40 credits must come from the study of classical archaeology, and another 20 credits from the study of Latin. In Year 4, 40 credits must come from the study of classical archaeology, and another 20 from the study of Latin.
- Assessment in the MA in Classical Archaeology and Latin typically involves a combination of coursework and examinations. Full information on the programme and course specific learning outcomes and assessment practices are laid out clearly in the Classics Sub-Honours Handbook, the Classics Honours Handbook, and in specific course booklets available for each course of this programme.
- The range of possibilities in Years 1 and 2 enables sideways movement into and out of this particular programme as the student's preferences and aptitudes emerge, and it provides different contexts and insights which are valuable for more advanced study of Classics and History.
SQCF credit points: courses at 1st and 2nd year level are at SQCF credit level 8; courses at Honours level are at SQCF credit level 10.
Exit awards: the MA in Classical Archaeology and Latin (Honours) is the typical exit award for the programme after a normal study period of four years. Students who fail to progress into Honours or who experience difficulties with the completion of their Honours programme might be able to move to a general BA in the CAHSS subject to a number of conditions as laid out from time to time by CAHSS.