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Choosing your degree

Choosing your degree

Need help choosing your degree? Here’s a quick guide to our degrees and how they work.

When choosing your university degree, the most important things to know are the programmes on offer and their constituent modules. Click on the tabs below for this information. As we are a Classics department, we couldn't help but stress our strengths in Greek and Latin languages. We do also offer many modules without a language emphasis.

We offer a range of courses: Classical Studies is our most flexible course, while others offer the opportunity to specialise in your chosen field right from the start of your degree.

We also accomodate a variety of other pathways, such a BA in Classical Studies with an Integrated Foundation Year.

You can also study with a focus on a Classics-based course (major studies) and dabble in modules in Philosophy (as a minor).

Finally, our ever-popular Joint-honours degree programmes allow you to combine various Classics-based courses with Medieval HistoryPhilosophy, Comparative Literature & Culture, Drama, English, or Modern Languages.


The first year is designed to introduce you to the study of the ancient world at degree-level and to build your range of transferable skills. Courses are made up of compulsory and optional modules, meaning that you will benefit both from a coherent structure and the ability to choose modules to suit your interests. Introductory modules assume no previous knowledge and allow you to sample the breadth of what Classics has to offer, including Greek and Roman literature, history, archaeology and philosophy.

Modules in your second and final years build on the firm foundation of knowledge and skills developed in your first year. These modules focus on particular topics and themes in greater depth, such as individual authors or genres, specific historical periods, or particular methodologies and practices.

In your final year of study, you will complete a dissertation, conducting independent research on a topic of your choice under the supervision of one of our expert academics.

Depending on your course, you can study Latin and/or Ancient Greek, developing your existing skills or starting from scratch. We offer beginners’, intermediate, and intensive modules. You can also sign up to our language, reading, and author modules to develop a deep understanding of how ancient texts were meant to be read.

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