Modes of study: the standard mode of study for the MA in Classical Studies is full-time.
Programme-specific entry, typical programme structure and progression requirements:
- The programme is open to students with or without prior knowledge of ancient history, archaeology, the classical literatures or languages.
- At first-year level, all students are required to successfully complete (at 40% or above) 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. Students are encouraged to take Greek or Latin as their outside option course.
- At second-year level, students are required to complete successfully (at 50% or above at first attempt) ‘Classical Literature 2’ and ‘Ancient History 2a’. They must moreover complete successfully (at 50% or above at first attempt) another 40 credits from a choice of three courses: ‘Ancient History 2b’, ‘Classical Art 2A’ and ‘Classical Archaeology 2B’; and 40 further credits of their choice. Students may wish to substitute up to forty credits with Greek or Latin at second year level, depending on their first year choices, but they must ensure to take at least one ancient history option, one archaeology option, and the classical literature option.
- At Honours level, students are required to take in each of the two Honours years 120 credits. In Year 4, 40 credits must be from the Dissertation. In both Years 3 and 4, at least 20 credits must come from each of the three core areas (ancient history, classical archaeology, and classical literature).
- Assessment in the MA in Classical 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 classical study.
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 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.