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  • English

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    This fascinating course is designed to provide you with advanced training in the techniques of art history and archaeology. It offers opportunities for you to study an exciting range of topics, taught by leading experts in the field.

    As this is an intercollegiate MA, jointly run with Kings College London and University College London, you will benefit from the choice of a wide range of stimulating units on Greek and Roman art and archaeology from all parts of the Mediterranean world. You may also take elective units covering Greek and Latin language and literature, ancient history, and technical skills such as papyrology, epigraphy and palaeography.

    This course is ideal if you are considering progressing to advanced research or wish to add an additional year of high level study to your undergraduate qualification.

    You will study three elective course units and prepare a dissertation. At least two of the elective units should be on a classical archaeological or art-historical subject as should the dissertation.

    Core course unit:

    * Dissertation, supported by a compulsory research training seminar in the Autumn Term.

    Elective course units:

    1. Language Units

    * Beginners Ancient Greek for Research
    * Intermediate Greek for Research
    * Latin for Research 1
    * Latin for Research 2
    * The Greek Dialects
    * Comparative Philology

    2. Literature Units

    * Homer
    * Four Greek Plays
    * Greek Lyric Poetry
    * Horace, Odes I
    * Ovid
    * Tacitus and Nero
    * The Ancient Novel
    * Studying Ancient Myth
    * Medieval Latin Literature
    * Attacking the Theatre (half-unit)
    * Defending the Theatre (half-unit)
    * Greek Palaeography
    * Elementary Greek Palaeography
    * Skills for Medievalists: Palaeography I (half-unit)
    * Greek Papyrology
    * Greek Epigraphy
    * Latin Epigraphy
    * Byzantine Hagiography

    3. Reception Units

    * Approaches to Reception of the Classical World
    * Homers legacy
    * Ancient Rome on Film
    * Ancient Greek Theatre and its Reception
    * Alexander's Afterlife
    * Perceptions of the Past (half-unit)

    4. Religion and Philosophy Units

    * The Dialogues of Plato

    5. History Units

    * Religion and the Ancient Greeks
    * Territory and Identity in Ancient Greece
    * Change and Continuity in the Ancient Near East
    * The Economic and Social History of Archaic and Classical Greece
    * Propaganda and Ideology in Rome
    * Pompeii and Herculaneum
    * Roman Britain
    * The Reign of Constantine I
    * Byzantium and the First Crusade (half-unit)
    * Byzantium and the Fourth Crusade (half-unit)

    6. Art and Archaeology Units

    * Pausanias and the Archaeology of Greece
    * Ancient Mosaics: Making and Meaning
    * Greek Pottery and Painting
    * City of Rome
    * Living in Byzantium: Material Culture and Built Environment (c. AD300-1500)


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    First degreeUK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent.Alternative entry requirementsCandidates with relevant professional qualifications and work experience in an associated area will also be considered.English language requirementsIELTS 6.5, with 7 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 88 with 26 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants.Students from overseas should visit the International| pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway International offers a Pre-Masters Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree. English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B)
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