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Brian Hanley

MA Classical Civilisation

Brian Hanley’s reason for choosing to study an MA in Classical Civilisation is clear – pure enjoyment.

'I had some experience of the subject as part of my undergraduate degree, and I had always wanted to go deeper into the subject. To have the opportunity to explore classical history was too good to be true. People ask what I had hoped to get out of the course: for me it was simple pleasure.'

Brian (46) was running his own yoga studio, but when business started tiling off, he saw it as an opportunity to explore his passion for classical history:

'The course gave me the confidence to tackle something new, including a career change. I now have a much more highly tuned sense of analysis which I didn’t have before. Socially, too, Birkbeck was great; the class really gelled – I have made some friends for life.'

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'It gave me the confidence to tackle something new, including a career change.'