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Programme Co-ordinator: Dr. Jo Day

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The deadline for applications for the next academic year is the 31st of May 2017, although late applications may be considered subject to availability of places.

This one-year programme is an ideal way to enhance your understanding of the ancient world. It can serve as an end in itself or to prepare for more advanced research.

Structure

The MA in Classics is a 90-credit degree. It is worth 90 ECTS. The MA programme consists of a two research skills modules, a choice of seminar and language modules, and a thesis on a topic of your own choice. Most of the teaching is done during the daytime (9am-5pm), but some modules may be taught in the early evening.

Full-time students

Full-time students take one 5-credit research skills module in each semester and a 40-credit thesis module. In addition, they usually take one 10-credit seminar module and one 10-credit language module per semester. Those who are not taking the language option may take two seminar modules in a semester. Language is not compulsory, but is recommended for anyone intending to proceed to a research degree.

Part-time students

It is now possible to study for the MA in Classics part-time, over two years. Part-time students in their first year must take a 5 credit research skills module in each semester and at least two further 10-credit modules (either seminar modules or a language). In the second year they take the 40-credit thesis module plus enough seminar and/or language modules to complete their 90 credits.

Seminar modules (10 credits)

The themes of the seminar modules reflect the research interests of the members of staff. The stress is on participation and debate in an informal atmosphere. As part of each module all students have the opportunity to prepare and present a seminar paper. In 2017-18 the taught seminars will be drawn from the following list:

  • Warfare and Society in the Ancient World (GRC40010) Assoc. Professor Philip De Souza
  • Aristophanes and Athens (GRC40020) Professor Michael Lloyd
  • The Epic Tradition (GRC40190) Dr Martin Brady
  • Rome and the Natural World (GRC40240) Dr Aude Doody
  • The Age of Marius and Sulla (GRC40250) Dr Alexander Thein
  • Ancient Materialities (GRC40300) Dr Jo Day


Language modules (10 credits)

No prior knowledge of Latin or Greek is required, and you can take beginners' modules in Greek or Latin. If you have already studied Greek or Latin, then you can participate in some of the more advanced courses which the School offers.It is now possible to do up to 40 credits of Greekand / or Latinfrom the list of modules which the School offers, so the MA in Classics offers and excellent opportunity for students who wish to read widely in Greek and /or Latin literature, and to improve their language ability.

Thesis module (40 credits)

Each student researches and writes a thesis of 12,000-15,000 words. The thesis can be on any topic related to the ancient world. This is the most important, and most rewarding, aspect of the course as it is your opportunity to begin your own research.  We encourage students to think about possible thesis topics before they arrive in September, so please feel free to consult any member of staff in advance about possible thesis subjects. You can look up the research interests of the School staff to get an indication of their own interests and expertise.

Assessment

Seminar and research skills modules are assessed by written coursework and presentations. Language modules are assessed by class tests and end of semester examinations.

Requirements for entry

The minimum qualification for admission is a II.1 (Upper Second Class) or equivalent in an appropriate degree (= UCD GPA 3.08). It may be possible to make offers to applicants with lower GPA, subject to references and availability of places

Fees

For information about fees for the MA in Classics, please visit the UCD Fees website.

Non-EU Scholarships

The UCD School of Classics offers two 50% and four 25% fee remission scholarships to outstanding non-EU applicants. Closing date: 31st April 2017.

Additional Information

The School of Classics hosts regular lectures by visiting scholars both from Ireland and other countries, in particular at the Dublin Classics Seminar. There are also seminars at which postgraduates present and discuss papers on their own work. There are many other events in Dublin which would be of interest to postgraduates, for example those organized by the UCD Classical Society, the Irish Hellenic Society, and the Classical Association of Ireland.

There is a dedicated MA room within the School of Classics, equipped with an extended library, facilities, and plenty of comfortable study space with a nice view on the UCD greens.

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For general information about postgraduate studies in UCD, including funding opportunities, visit the UCD Graduate Studies website.

For information for students from outside Ireland, visit the UCD International Office website.

Contact

For more information on the MA in Classics please contact the School of Classics Graduate Studies Co-ordinator, Dr Jo Day.

Please click here to apply online.

The UCD School of Classics welcomes applications from prospective MLitt students.

The MLitt is a two-year research programme, leading to the production of a thesis of 40,000 to 60,000 words which will treat its subject in a systematic and independent way. MLitt students may transfer to the PhD after completing one year of research, subject to the recommendation of the supervisor and the approval of the Head of School.

The MLitt is predominantly a research degree, but students will also undertake formal training in research, take language courses (Latin or Greek) at an appropriate level, and attend seminars.

It is now possible to study for a research degree in Classics part-time. For details contact Dr Jo Day.

The School of Classics has a wide range of expertise, and potential applicants are advised to consult the Staff Research page for details and to contact any member of staff for advice.

The School of Classics currently has 5 students reading for the PhD,and 6 for the MA in Classics. There are dedicated rooms for research students, with computer equipment and an extensive reference library of texts. UCD has good library facilities for research in Classics, and postgraduate students also have access to other libraries in Dublin.

The School of Classics hosts regular lectures by visiting scholars both from Ireland and other countries, in particular at the Dublin Classics Seminar. There are also seminars at which postgraduates present and discuss papers on their own work. There are many other events in Dublin which would be of interest to postgraduates, for example those organized by the UCD Classical Society, the Irish Hellenic Society, and the Classical Association of Ireland.

MLitt students have the opportunity to gain teaching experience and earn money by giving tutorials to undergraduate students, usually in the successful Greek and Roman Civilization course. There are also opportunities for suitably qualified postgraduates to help with the teaching of Latin and Greek.


For further information please contact our Graduate Co-ordinator Dr Jo Day.

Please click here to apply online.

The PhD is a four-year research programme, leading to the production of a thesis of around 100,000 words which will make an original contribution knowledge.

The PhD is predominantly a research degree, but students will also undertake formal training in research, take language courses (Latin or Greek) at an appropriate level, and attend seminars.

It is now possible to study for a research degree in Classics part-time. For details contact Dr Jo Day.

The School of Classics has a wide range of expertise, and potential applicants are advised to consult the Staff Research page for details and to contact any member of staff for advice.

The School of Classics currently has 5 students reading for the PhD, and 6 for the MA in Classics. There are dedicated rooms for research students, with computer equipment and an extensive reference library of texts. UCD has good library facilities for research in Classics, and postgraduate students also have access to other libraries in Dublin.

The School of Classics hosts regular lectures by visiting scholars both from Ireland and other countries, in particular at the Dublin Classics Seminar. There are also seminars at which postgraduates present and discuss papers on their own work. There are many other events in Dublin which would be of interest to postgraduates, for example those organized by the UCD Classical Society, the Irish Hellenic Society, and the Classical Association of Ireland.

PhD students have the opportunity to gain teaching experience and earn money by giving tutorials to undergraduate students, usually in the successful Greek and Roman Civilization course. There are also opportunities for suitably qualified postgraduates to help with the teaching of Latin and Greek.

For further information, please contact our Graduate Co-ordinator Dr Jo Day.