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BA Ancient History

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

15600 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 12 GBP
National 12 GBP
Department of Classics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)5.5

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About this course

The wealth of experts in the department exposes students to the widest range of styles and methods. Their history modules include: chronological modules (e.g. ‘The Rise of Rome, c.650-70 BC’); regional and site-based modules (e.g. ‘Pompeii: History and Society’); modules focused on an individual (e.g. ‘Augustus’); thematic approaches (e.g. ‘Greek Religion’); and historiographical modules (e.g. ‘Writing History’). Some modules combine historical sources with other types of evidence, such as archaeological or literary, so you can set your historical skills against the full range of disciplines covered within Classics. Not only does the size of the department allow for great choice, but also their location means that staff can teach classes in London's world-class institutions, such as the British Museum or V&A.

First-year students who flourish in Latin or Greek language may transfer to the Classics (Greek & Latin) BA in their second year of study via their 'Pathway B'. Such students will attend intensive summer school language modules between the first and second year, and between the second and third year of study.
Greek play
Every year (since 1953), students in the Department of Classics have produced and performed a Greek play - the only production in the UK to be performed annually in the original Greek. Read more about the Greek Play (and its history). 
Rumble Fund
In 2013 the Department of Classics created the Rumble Fund following a generous donation by a former student. This fund is used each year to pay for a group of students to visit classical lands as part of their degree programme.
Study abroad
It is easier now than ever before to spend part of your time as a King's student studying abroad. The destinations currently favoured by Classics students are both in the US:
  • The University of California
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Eligibility Criteria

IELTS - 5.5 overall with a minimum of:

  • 5.5 in reading and writing 
  • 5.0 in listening and speaking.


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Course Modules

Compulsory module:

  • Introduction to Ancient History (c. 1200 BC-AD 600)

Choice of optional modules including:

  • Greek or Latin language
  • Art & Archaeology of Greece & Rome
  • Greek & Latin Literature: An Introduction
  • Working with Greek & Latin Literary Texts: An Introduction
  • Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

Second year students choose four to six modules from a range of optional modules, which would include options such as:

  • The Late Roman World, AD 337-425
  • Pompeii: History and Society
  • From Sulla to Caesar: The Fall of the Roman Republic
  • The World from Babylon: 911-ca.550 BC
  • Democracy, Empire and War: Greece 446-338 BC
  • Early Greece from Troy to Marathon
  • The Byzantine Empire, 600-1453
  • Grand Tour: Antiquities in London from the Enlightenment to the Present Day

All final year students may choose to research and write a dissertation on a classical subject and take three or four optional modules, which would include options such as:

  • Dissertation on an ancient historical subject
  • Augustus: Power & Propaganda
  • Alexander the Great
  • The History & Theory of Ancient Slavery
  • Pagans, Christians and Jews in the Roman Empire
  • Performance Literature in Antiquity
  • Plato's myths: the soul, desire and the beyond
  • Medieval Cyprus


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How to Apply

Apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King's is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

If you have already applied to King’s, in addition to using UCAS Track to keep up-to-date with your progress and reply to any offers (if your application is through UCAS), you can use King’s myApplication portal to check for messages regarding your application. You can use myApplication to find out if you’ve been invited for interview, view details of your offer and contact the King’s admissions team, as well as to find information about applying for accommodation and the points-based visa system.

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