The 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 Classics and Linguistics is full-time.
Programme-specific entry, typical programme structure and progression requirements:
- The programmes are open to total beginners in both languages as well as to students who have already attained some knowledge of either or both of the classical languages
- Both first-year Greek and Latin are taught in two different streams to take account of the students’ previous linguistic attainment. In Year 1, absolute beginners in Greek take Greek 1a (1st semester) and Greek 1b (2nd semester); and absolute beginners in Latin take Latin 1a (1st semester) and Latin 1b (2nd semester). Those who already have a secure knowledge of either or both the classical languages take Greek 1c (1st semester) and Greek 1d (2nd semester), and/or Latin 1c (1st semester) and Latin 1d (2nd semester) respectively. [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 Year 1 ‘Linguistics and English Language 1’ is taken on both programmes. In Year 2 40 credits of Linguistics are taken on the Classics and Linguistics programme.
- In Year 2, both streams converge to Greek 2a (1st semester) and Greek 2b (2nd semester), and to Latin 2a (1st semester) and Latin 2b (2nd semester). A pass at 40% is required in the first-year courses to progress to the second-year courses. And a pass at 50% (at first attempt) is required in second-year to progress to Honours in Classics and Linguistics. In addition to their courses in ancient Greek and Latin, students are required to take in both Year 1 and Year 2, a further 40 credits of their choice.
- At Honours level, students are required to take in each of the two Honours years 120 credits. In Year 4, 40 credits must come from the Dissertation (either Classics or the Dissertation in Language Sciences).
- Assessment in the MA in Classics and Linguistics 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.
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 Classics and Linguistics (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.