BA Museum and Classical Studies

Classics Ure MuseumThis course teaches you how contemporary theory and practice of museum studies fits in with the study and representation of the ancient world. You will gain hands-on experience working with museum objects alongside professional museum and archive staff. Teaching is based within the University's Museums and Special Collections Service, which includes the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, the Museum of English Rural Life, and the Cole Museum of Zoology. The course covers museum policy, history, ethics, collections management, learning and interpretation. The second year includes a work-based placement at an external museum. The final year includes designing, creating and evaluating a display on campus.

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Course Description

Year 1

Core Modules:

  • Museum Communication and Interpretation
  • Museum History, Policy and Ethics
  • Text and Object: The History of Greek and Roman Writing
  • Ancient Song

And two optional modules:

  • Ancient Greek (different levels available)
  • Latin (different levels available)
  • The Civilization of Fifth-Century Athens
  • Rome in the Augustan Age
  • Bones, Bodies and Burials: The Archaeology of Death
  • Approaches to History
  • Art's Histories: a survey
  • … and many more

Year 2

Core Modules:

  • Curatorship & Collections management
  • Break into the Museum: Work Placement
  • Museum Learning and Engagement

At least two of the following core modules:

  • Ancient Epic
  • Ancient Drama
  • Greek History
  • Roman History

And one other core module/one of the following optional modules:

  • Celts and Romans: Britain and North-West Europe
  • Rome's Mediterranean Empire
  • Greek Sculpture and Architecture
  • Altar, Aristocrats and Guillotine: Aspects of Baroque, Rococo and Neo-Classical art and Architecture
  • …more available

Year 3

Core Module:

  • Display design, planning and creation: Project Module

Recommended optional modules:

  • Dissertation Preparation in Classics
  • Dissertation in Classics

Unistats information for BA Museum and Classical Studies

To view the Key Information Set (KIS) for this degree, please visit the link below.

 Key Information Set - BA Museum and Classical Studies


As well as term time study, our students also have the opportunity to participate in placements during their time with us. For example:

Classics department students have been collaborating with the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology on two 'World Stories' projects: Ure View and Ure Discovery. Animations designed by students and local schools were included in a celebration at the House of Commons.

Dr Matthew Nicholls has provided placements for students on his Digital Rome and Digital Silchester projects. Students are helping to research and design 3D reconstructions of these ancient sites.

Students from the Classics Department were involved in the organisation of the 2013 Classical Association Conference. Two undergraduate students even presented papers on their research.

Please note that specific project opportunities will vary from year to year.

The University Museums and Special Collections Service also offers a wide range of flexible volunteering opportunities for students

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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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