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Department of Classics and Ancient History

Degree Programmes

Single Honours Degree Programmes

We offer a range of flexible and challenging courses designed with the twenty-first-century student in mind. We have three Single Honours courses, which have a common first year intended to emphasise the unity of the subject. The core of the Classics course is language, although how much language is studied and at what level depends upon the individual student. The course caters for those entering with A-levels in Greek and/or Latin, but it is also open to those who wish to study one or both of these languages from beginners' level.

In the Ancient History and Classical Civilisation courses, language is optional. The core of the Ancient History course is political history, which looks not only at what happened, but why it happened and how we are in a position to know about and to judge the events in question. What distinguishes our course in Classical Civilisation is its breadth and flexibility. Students will engage widely with the cultural and intellectual history of Greece and Rome but they may also, if they wish, develop and explore specific interests in ancient philosophy, visual culture (art and architecture), the reception of the classical world, and language and literature.

Joint Honours Degree Programmes

We also participate in offering two joint degrees: Ancient History and Archaeology and Ancient, Medieval and Modern History. These cater for students who wish to combine Ancient History with a related subject. Students who wish to combine study of the classical world with other subjects will find opportunities to do so under the Combined Honours programme.