University College London

Ancient Languages BA

University College London
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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location London
Duration 3 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • London
  • Duration:
    3 Years

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
In year one you will take modules in Biblical Hebrew, either Latin or Greek, and introductory historical linguistics. You will additionally be able to start studying a third and, if desired, fourth ancient language, drawn from an extensive selection (see the list given in the Degree Structure table). Ancient language modules include intensive study of texts spanning diverse literary genres including historical narrative, prose fiction, poetry, mythology, and religion. Alternatively, you can choose up to 1.5 credits from a wide range of disciplines including archaeology, history and linguistics.
In year two you will continue your study of Biblical Hebrew and Greek or Latin. You will also begin or continue study of a third (and possibly fourth or fifth) ancient language. Again, you have the opportunity to choose a course from another discipline.
In year three you will take advanced courses in Biblical Hebrew and Greek or Latin. You may also continue study of a third (and possibly fourth or fifth) ancient language, an option from another discipline, or a dissertation.

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· What are the objectives of this course?

Our programme is unique in the UK. It combines concentrated study of Greco-Roman and Semitic philology, in addition to other ancient Indo-European and Afroasiatic languages, and provides students with an unparalleled insight into the key linguistic and textual traditions of the ancient world. Based within UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies and UCL Greek & Latin, students will also have access to the teaching facilities and expertise available university-wide, including in archaeology, ancient history, and linguistics. Access to a remarkable collection of ancient language resources in the UCL and SOAS Libraries, as well as to the special collections in the British Library and British Museum. UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies and UCL Greek & Latin both have excellent global reputations.

· Who is it intended for?

You will gain skills such as critical thinking, oral and written communication and time-management, as well as the mental agility and versatility that comes with learning languages. Graduates from this degree programme will be well placed to pursue further study relating to the ancient world or linguistics, or careers in law, community work, the diplomatic service, education, museum and archival work, the media, and executive roles in the private or public sector.

· Requirements

English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required

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What you'll learn on the course

Study of Language
Ancient languages

Course programme


Core or compulsory module(s)
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
  • Introduction to the Study of Language
  • Greek or Latin at the appropriate level
Optional modules

You will select 1.5 credits of optional modules, which may include a third and, if desired, fourth ancient language* and/or modules from other disciplines.

Ancient languages: Akkadian, Egyptian, Greek, Latin. (Additional languages, e.g. Hittite, Luwian, Sanskrit, etc. are available from other University of London colleges subject to faculty approval.)


Core or compulsory module(s)
  • Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
  • Greek or Latin at the appropriate level
  • A third language at the appropriate level
Optional modules

You will select 1.0 credit of optional modules.


Core or compulsory module(s)
  • Advanced Biblical Hebrew or Ugaritic
  • Greek or Latin at the appropriate level
Optional modules

You will select 2.0 credits of optional modules; these may include an extended essay (0.5 credits) or final-year dissertation (1.0 credit).

Your learning

Teaching will be delivered by a combination of lectures, seminars and small-group tutorials. Students will be expected to undertake independent reading/study both to consolidate what is being taught and to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject.


Assessment will be by a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of language assignments, in-class tests and essays.

Additional information

Overseas students  Fee -  £19,390 (2018/19)

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