BA in Classical Studies

UCAS code: Q810

Summary of course aims

Greek pilarsThe course aims to provide a thorough degree level education in Classical Studies. The syllabus aims to familiarise students with the literature, art, philosophy and history of Greek and Roman cultures and their reception and use in modern culture, whilst providing them with the opportunity to study more thematic topics in depth. The course also provides for the development of the specific interests of

students through independent study and specifically the dissertation. Students are encouraged to include elements of ancient languages throughout their degree course. Students will expand the range, depth and sophistication of their knowledge of Classical Studies through the structured progression of Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the course.

Course content

The course is divided into 3 Parts (years). You must take 120 credits in each Part.

Part 1 introduces students to the study of Graeco-Roman culture, with a particular emphasis upon the development of the study of primary sources and source criticism, alongside the development of writing skills to explore specific topics of Greek and Roman Civilisations. Students are encouraged to take an additional 20 credits in Greek Myths.

Portrait of Alexander the GreatPart 2 develops the student's knowledge of ancient literature and develops an awareness of the role of the classics in the shaping of the modern Western culture via compulsory core units which also develop their literary skills. In addition, students choose three option units that are either more thematic or add greater depth than the core units. Career Management Skills provides 5 credits at part 2.

Part 3, there is an increasing specialisation and progression to approach topics in greater depth through the provision of optional units and the opportunity to research a dissertation topic in depth.

For a full description of this degree course with the required compulsory and optional modules, please download the programme specification. You are advised to read the programme specification for the current year.

Career prospects

Graduates in Classical Studies have found that their degree course has been a good basis for careers in management, administration, the civil service, commerce, law, publishing, librarianship and teaching. As such, they are eagerly sought after by employers, with career prospects being extended to museums and galleries. They are given specific vocational training and orientation through a second year Career Management Scheme run by the School in conjunction with the Careers Advisory Service. Graduates have also gone on to postgraduate courses within the field of the Classics, History and related fields at Reading and elsewhere.

Opportunities for study abroad

In Year 2, two students can study for the Fall Semester at the University of Calgary's Department of Greek and Roman Studies. Applications to take part in the exchange need to be made in the Spring term of Year 1. The Department also has an ERASMUS link with the University of Crete. Students are encouraged to study also at the British School in Athens and the British School in Rome.

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Contact us:

UG & PGT Programme enquiries:

+44 (0) 118 378 8420


Post Graduate Research enquiries:

Catherine O'Hare

+44 (0) 118 378 5799


Student Support:

Patrick Holmes

+44 (0) 118 378 5443


Karon Curran

+44 (0) 118 378 4243

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