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Department of Classics and Ancient History

Freshers Welcome 2017

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!

Prof. Graziosi

“Welcome to the Department of Classics and Ancient History! We are a thriving, international academic community with a strong commitment to sharing our knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the ancient world. The arrival of new students is one of the most important events in the life of the Department and we are very much looking forward to meeting you. Life at University brings many new opportunities and experiences for you, from living in a college to social and sporting engagements; but the most long-lasting and valuable experience, our alumni tell us, is the study of the ancient world, and the perspectives it opens up on the present and the future. My colleagues and I look forward to working with you over the next three years, and indeed to remaining in touch after your graduation too. As a community of classical scholars we will explore, together, the cultures of Greece, Rome and neighbouring ancient civilisations, as well as their legacies beyond antiquity and into the present day.”

Prof. Barbara Graziosi, Head of Department

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.

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.

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) and also submit a completed paper registration form to the department.
  • The deadline for the submission of completed forms is 29th September 2017.
  • No module choices will be approved before you return the form so you must submit it on time for your choices to be approved.
  • 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 the registration form and the guidance given there. As well as submitting your choices electronically on DUO (in the Banner Self Service area), please remember that you are also required to complete the paper version of the registration form and return it to the department by 29th September 2017. This is so that your choices can be approved by the department. 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

We have put together a schedule of activities which will take place from Wednesday 27th September for International students and from Monday 2nd - Friday 6th October for home undergraduates. 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
  • Read through all documentation sent to you by the department including the registration form
  • 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) and also on the paper registration form
  • Submitted your completed registration form to the department ahead of the deadline of 29th September 2017
  • 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.