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Professional Doctorate in Ancient History - MA


About This Professional Doctorate

Course Description

Our Ancient History MA offers you the opportunity to study Greek, Roman and near-Eastern history at an advanced level at the same time as learning and refining the techniques and skills that will enable you to analyse and interpret a variety of historical sources. This is an intercollegiate course that draws on the strengths of King’s, UCL and Royal Holloway and the Institute of Classical Studies. Leads to further research or careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.

Key benefits

  • One of the world's largest and most distinguished departments of Classics.
  • Unrivalled location for the study of the ancient world thanks to London's unique range of specialist libraries, museums and galleries.
  • Extraordinarily wide choice of modules, drawing on the resources of the whole of the University of London.
  • King's graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. King's was ranked 6th in the UK for graduate employment (Times and Sunday Times Good Universities Guide 2016)

Description

The Ancient History MA course is organised on an intercollegiate basis, so that the course combines the expertise of staff in all three of the participating colleges - King's, UCL and Royal Holloway. It centres on the University's Institute of Classical Studies, which not only contains a world-class research library, but also hosts the richest programme of seminars, conferences, and occasional lectures for this subject area in the UK. 

The course consists of a required module, Sources & Methods in Ancient History, two to four optional modules, and a dissertation. The first and last of these will provide you with concentrated training in research techniques and methodology. You will also study texts in the original languages as well as in translation. Besides purely ancient historical topics, modules may also be taken from our master's courses in Classics, Classical Archaeology & Art, and Late Antique & Byzantine Studies. You may also be able to take appropriate modules from other master's courses at King's. 

If you have ambitions to take your study of ancient history further, there are modules on this course that you will find especially valuable: Greek Papyrology, Greek & Roman Epigraphy, and Greek & Latin Palaeography. These will advance your technical skills in the handling of documentary evidence. You can also choose to take modules in Greek and Latin languages at beginners or intermediate level.

Research seminars

In the Department of Classics we run a research seminar series (which MA students are encouraged to attend), where you will learn about the current research of our academic staff and PhD students. Our Department also regularly hosts major research conferences with speakers from around the world

Personal tutor

You will be assigned a personal tutor in the Department of Classics, who will advise you and help you decide which modules to take, and can answer any questions or concerns you may have whilst at King's.

Dissertation supervision

During your first term at King's you will need to decide on your MA dissertation subject, if you have not done so before you arrive. The dissertation can be related to work you are doing for a taught module, or it can be in a completely different area. On the basis of your chosen subject area you will be assigned a supervisor within the Department of Classics who will discuss the topic with you, and oversee your work on it.

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) at King's: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/classics/about/greek/index.aspx

Course purpose

This course offers the advanced study of the history of the Greek, Roman and Near Eastern worlds; it is intended either as a further year's study after a first degree or as training in the technical disciplines needed to undertake doctoral research in the field of ancient history.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

If you are a full-time student, we will provide six to eight hours of lectures and seminars each week, and we will expect you to undertake 35 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide two to six hours of lectures and seminars a week, and we will expect you to undertake 17.5 hours of independent study.

For your dissertation, we will provide five hours of supervision, and we will expect you to undertake 575 hours of independent study.

 Assessment

We will assess your modules through a combination of coursework, essays and examinations, depending on your module choices. Typically, we assess 20-credit modules through a 5,000-word essay or a 3-hour examination, and 40-credit modules through approximately 10,000 words of coursework or a combination of coursework and examination, but this may vary. The dissertation is a 12,000-word essay.

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(Student Profile)

Treasa Bell

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Vivienne McGlashan

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(Scholarship)

Singapore Scholarship Fund - Single Award

The scholarship has been established by Mr Alvin Yeo, a Singaporean alumni of King's College London. This scholarship was established to provide opportunities for Home and/or International students, who hold Singaporean nationality, and will help to support students who are able to demonstrate need of financial assistance, to undertake an undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme of study at King’s within one of the following faculties:LawNatural & Mathematical SciencesArts & HumanitiesSocial Science & Public PolicyThe winner will be selected on the basis of a personal statement as well as demonstrable financial hardship. Applicants must have firmly accepted a confirmed place to study at King’s College London in September 2017.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£10,000

Eligibility

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:undertaking a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme at King's, 2017 entry;undertaking a course at one of the faculties listed above;have provided a written personal statement;
have a household income of £42,620 or less (or equivalent);willing to provide an end of year report and a letter of thanks to the donor.

Application Procedure

To apply, you should download the form.

Complete and return it to the Student Funding Office.

Further Information

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/student-funding/scholarships-and-bursaries/scholarships/singapore-scholarship-fund.aspx


(Scholarship)

Postgraduate Student Loan - 20+ Awards

The postgraduate student loan operates in much the same way as your undergraduate student loan for maintenance. You can apply for up to £10,280, and these funds can be used for either tuition or living costs. The loan is not be means-tested, and the repayments will be calculated using a similar method to your undergraduate loan repayments.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£10,280

Eligibility

These loans are only be available to English domiciled and EU students and will be paid directly to you. You may use the funds for tuition and/or living or study costs.Loans are available for postgraduate Masters degrees in any subject, starting in the 2016-17 academic year. Eligible courses include MSc, MA, MRes, MPhil and LLM courses but not PhDs and not Postgraduate Diplomas (PGDip) or Certificates (PGCert).You can borrow up to £10,280 to cover your tuition fee or living costs. You must be aged under 60.

Application Procedure

The online application for Postgraduate Loans is now live, and can be found at: http://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Further Information

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/student-funding/postgraduate-taught-funding/postgraduate-student-loans2017.aspx


(Scholarship)

King’s Santander Masters Scholarships - 6 Awards

Applicants MUST:Be due to commence a full-time postgraduate Masters programme at King’s College London during the 2017/18 academic year;
Hold a conditional/unconditional offer for a full-time postgraduate Master at King’s College London in 2017/18 from the University’s Admissions Office (this means you should apply for a place at King's no later than March 31st 2017);
At the time of application, be permanent residents of one of the following Santander Network countries: Belgium, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK;
Be domiciled within one of the following Santander Network countries for at least 3 years prior to the start of the programme: Belgium, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK;
Complete and submit the required application documentation by the stated funding deadline (see below);
Fulfil the relevant academic and English proficiency entry requirements set by King’s College London.
Santander Scholarships will offer funds to students wishing to undertake a one-year full-time Taught Masters Programme at King's College London. These funds will be made available to students from the regions of the world specified by Banco Santander.Up to six King's Santander Masters Scholarship awards will be offered.
Information about the application
Once the application deadline has passed, the Postgraduate & Graduate School Support (PGSS) office will gather and record details of all the online funding applications received. Further information and documentation will be extracted from the university’s admissions records/student records, as necessary.The PGSS office will check the eligibility of all applicants and circulate details/materials to the appropriate Faculty for consideration. All eligible applicants who have applied appropriately for our PGT funding schemes will be considered for the opportunity. Please be aware that applicants must already hold an admission offer by the funding application deadline.Note that, where eligible, an applicant can be considered for more than one type of funding scheme, and if successful, the applicant may be permitted to hold more than one type of award, as long as the funds are not seen to be overlapping.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

Open to residents of the following countries
Spain, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, United Kingdom

Application Procedure

Applicants will be judged against the following criteria:
- Academic merit / degree qualifications;
- Professional qualifications achieved, where relevant;
- Strength of personal statement;
- Applicant’s future plans, and what they plan to do with the postgraduate taught degree;
- Confirmation of other funds sought/secured, whether from other scholarships or family/self funds. Note that preference may be given to applicants who have already secured some ‘partial’ funding from alternative sources towards the cost of the postgraduate taught degree programme;
- Preference may be given to students who have not previously undertaken a postgraduate degree programme.

Further Information

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate/funding/database/index.php?action=view&id=255



Entry Requirements

2:1 BA degree with honours (or overseas equivalent) in Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, History or a closely related subject.


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