Greek (MA) provides a self-contained period of structured but challenging study for anyone who wishes to pursue an interest in Ancient Greek language and literature.
Students can start their study from complete beginners level, or at advanced level, based on their existing qualifications and knowledge.
Students can study for:
- Greek (MA)
- Greek (PG Dip)
- Greek (PG Cert)
For those who have been studying Greek privately, we offer a test to place them in the correct level of language learning.
PhD candidates, or those planning to embark on a PhD, can use our degrees to increase their competency in Greek. For those interested in teaching Greek at any level, the degrees can provide an internationally recognised qualification. The degrees in Greek are available only as part-time distance-learning options.
Greek (MA) offers students the opportunity to focus exclusively on the acquisition and/or development of ancient Greek and can be started at beginners, intermediate or advanced level depending on linguistic knowledge.
The PG Certificate is comprised of 60 credits, the PG Diploma of 120 credits, and the MA of 180 credits (including a 60-credit dissertation).
Our language system covers two main levels: Intensive and Advanced.
There are two Intensive modules for ancient Greek. Intensive I always runs in the first semester (September to January) and starts from complete beginners level, hence is the natural starting point for anyone who has no or very little knowledge of the language. Intensive II is the continuation of Intensive I and always runs in the second semester (February to May). Upon successful completion of both Intensive modules, a student is ready to go on to Advanced level and work directly with unadapted ancient Greek texts.
The Intensive modules are designed to provide you with high level knowledge of grammar and syntax, and a good vocabulary. Each Intensive module is worth 30 credits, and you need to commit at least 23 hours per week (throughout the semester, so over 15 weeks, including examinations) to your language learning.
Advanced-level modules are in three separate levels: Advanced, Further Advanced and Higher Advanced. As you progress through the advanced-level modules, you will read a greater quantity of ancient Greek texts, and be asked to complete more challenging work in terms of the literary and linguistic investigation of the text. Every year there are two texts/authors chosen for Greek: one text is prose, the other is verse. Students have the opportunity to read both canonical and non-canonical authors, such as Euripides, Lysias, Herodotus, Hesiod and Pindar.
Students in the MA in Greek will be trained in methodological approaches in Classics, and will have the option to study appropriate ancient literature modules from our non-linguistic offer.
Our language modules are specifically created for distance learners. Every student has access to all module materials, including reading lists, on the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). All modules are taught by our lecturers, and are designed to be accessible and friendly to students from all backgrounds.
The modules are delivered in a blended fashion with use of video and audio presentations by the lecturers on each individual topic, as well as quizzes and exercises, as well as opportunities for group learning.
It is essential that distance learners have a good internet access, as well as use of computer facilities; the university offers all distance students individual support in accessing material from home. The Trinity Saint David Learning Resources Centre provides access to a variety of electronic academic material to distance learners, including more than 1000 Classics e-books, 70 Classics e-journals, and a number of specialised Classics e-resources, including the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae.
Our language degrees in Greek involve a wide range of assessment methods. In addition to traditional essays and exams, you will be assessed through commentaries and in-class tests. This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in clear, professional and a lucid manner, whether orally or in writing.
Many language modules include an examination; examination arrangements are communicated to distance learners by the TSD Registry, and distance learners can ask for the support of the tutors in making arrangements for examinations.
The entry requirement for these degrees is a 2.2 undergraduate degree. In addition, we encourage students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience to apply.
Greek (MA) provides a strong foundation for postgraduate work, particularly for those interested in working on Greek language or linguistics. Many students study for the PG Certificate or Diploma in Greek in advance of undertaking a PhD in Classics.
The course also provides a professional qualification for teachers or others seeking Continuing Professional Development.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have an A Level in Greek, but I have not studied Greek for several years. Do I have to start at beginners’ level?
We offer our students the opportunity to sit a placement test to ascertain their level of current knowledge of either ancient Greek or Latin, so that they can start their studies with us at the correct level.
Can I take a module over the summer?
No. All of our language modules are strictly semesterised.
How long is the dissertation?
Can I study Latin during my MA in Greek?
No. If you are interested in studying both Latin and Greek, you should consider our PGDip in Greek and Latin (beginners) or the MA in Classics (advanced students).