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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History

Freshers Welcome 2019

Congratulations and welcome!

Congratulations on your results and all your hard work. We look forward to having you join us in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University!

Enrol online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme. After your acceptance has been processed you will receive two email messages from which provide:

  • Your Computing and Information Services (CIS) username
  • How to derive your CIS password and guidance on how to access the system

The messages are sent 24 hours apart and are sent to the email address you provided when you applied so it’s important to let us know of any changes to this information by contacting the Student Records Team at You may also need to monitor your spam folders to see if the messages have arrived there.

After you have received both emails you will need to:

  • Change your password
  • Log into Durham University Online – duo
  • Choose the “Banner Self Service” link in duo under “External Tools”
  • Choose Registration and Enrolment
  • Enrol with the University
  • Upload a photograph for your campus card

You will receive information from your department about registering for your programme and modules. You should follow the advice given about whether to complete registration for programmes and modules before you come to Durham, or whether to wait until you arrive before making final choices, so that your department can give you further advice and information.

Verification of Identity

Before you can collect your campus card, you will be required to provide proof of your identity. Only new students are required to complete verification. This should be done at your college.

We accept the following photographic identification as proof of identity:

  • current Passport
  • current UK Driving Licence
  • current European Identity card.

If you are a UK student and you do not have either of these forms of identification, you may supply your original Birth Certificate.

If you require assistance through the enrolment process, please contact your college, department or check the Student Registry website. If you have a technical problem, please contact the IT Service Desk at

Module Registration

Module registration is a two stage process which includes:

  • Selection of modules
  • Approval of modules

The first stage is where you confirm your programme of study and choose your optional modules. The second stage of the process is where department(s) approve your choice of modules.

To register for modules:

  • An email will be sent to you when the module registration system is open.
  • Log into DUO and click on the link for Banner Self Service and choose the Registration and Enrolment option.
  • You will already be registered for compulsory modules. You will not be able to change these modules. If all of the modules on your programme are compulsory then there is nothing further for you to do.
  • Dependent upon your programme, you may be able to select optional modules up to the total number of credits required. In Classics and Ancient History the total number of credits is 120 (= 6 modules).
  • Optional modules must be authorised by the department offering the module. If this is not Classics and Ancient History, please check with the relevant departments for their arrangements for module approval.
  • N.B. the deadline for module registration is Tuesday 1 October 2019

More information on module registration can be found here.

Approval of modules:

  • Your module choices must be approved by your department.
  • For your modules to be approved, you must select your modules online (in DUO on Banner Self Service).
  • If there are issues with module choices or you require a concession, these will be dealt with during Induction week.

Choosing your modules

You can find some general information about the requirements of our degree programmes and the modules on offer in the department here.

Our core modules CLAS1301 Monuments and Memory in the Age of Augustus and CLAS1601 Remembering Athens are compulsory for all students on both single and joint honours programmes but you will have a choice of optional modules. What you choose will depend on the requirements of your individual degree programme and also on your interests. Make sure that you have read the information that you have received from the department, and that you have looked carefully at any additional guidance given online. To ensure that you make the right choices, you should check the regulations for your programme.You should also read the detailed module descriptions which are available on the DUO freshers site. For information on modules offered by other departments, you should consult the Faculty Handbook module outlines and also look at the modules offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study.

If you have A-Level Latin or Greek and will be taking our Intermediate language modules, you should receive a letter from us with some information on how to prepare. Please read it carefully. It will also be useful for students on Combined and other programmes who are interested in taking courses in ancient languages. You can download the letter below.


Your first week in Durham - University Induction timetable

The university has put together a schedule of activities which will take place from Friday 27th September for International students and from Sunday 29th September - Friday 4th October for home undergraduates. Events run by the Classics department will start on Monday 30th September. These will include more formal introductory sessions, as well as an informal reception for all new Classics and Ancient History students, where you will have a chance to meet members of staff, and your fellow students.

Use the Online Induction Planner to plan your first week’s activities by College and Department. The Online Induction Planner has been designed to let you know where you need to be and when, according to your Department and College Induction activities and events.

Attendance of all of department-based activities is compulsory and we have tried to plan the week’s activities so that wherever possible they do not clash with any other college, university or sport commitment, many of which are repeated to allow you several opportunities to take part.

Pre-arrival Checklist

Before you arrive at Durham, make sure you have:

  • Received your university username and password
  • Completed online enrolment
  • Uploaded a photograph for your Campus Card
  • Prepared your ID for student verification
  • Read through all documentation sent to you by the department
  • Found and explored the Classics and Ancient History Freshers site on DUO
  • Looked through the programme regulations and module descriptions to begin the process of selecting your optional modules
  • Selected your modules online (in DUO on Banner Self Service)
  • Registered your module choices ahead of the deadline of 1st October 2019 at 5pm
  • Used the University Induction Timetable to plan your first week

Contact details

All members of the Department of Classics and Ancient History are looking forward to meeting you in October. There will be numerous opportunities during Induction Week for you to ask any questions you may have - and we will make sure, once you arrive, that you have all the necessary information to plan your studies at Durham. In the meantime, you can reach the departmental office on +44 (0)191 334 1670 for any urgent queries.