a) Modes of study: the standard mode of study for the MA in Latin Studies is full-time.
b) Programme-specific entry, typical programme structure and progression requirements:
- The programme is open to total beginners in the Latin language as well as to students who have already attained some knowledge of 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) in Year 1, while those who already have a secure knowledge of the language take Latin 1c (1st semester) and Latin 1d (2nd semester) in Year 1. [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).
- In addition to their courses in Latin, students are required to take in both Year 1 and Year 2, a further 80 credits: in Year 1, 40 of the 80 credits are recommended to come from 'The Roman World 1A: The Rise of Rome' and 'The Roman World 1B: The Roman Empire', or 'Greek 1A' and 'Greek 1B', or 'Greek 1C' and 'Greek 1D''; in Year 2, all of the 80 further credits are subject to student choice. Course(s) in second year must follow on from courses already passed in first year in the sense defined in the College Regulations.
- A pass at 40% is required in the first-year courses in Latin to progress to the second-year courses. And a pass at 50% (at first attempt) in the second-year courses in Latin is required to progress to Honours in Latin Studies.
- 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 at least 40 credits from Honours courses in Latin. In Year 4, 40 credits must come from ‘Latin language B’, a further 40 credits from Honours courses in Latin, and 40 credits from the Dissertation.
- Assessment in the MA in Latin Studies 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.
c) 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.
d) Exit awards: the MA in Latin Studies (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.