Classical Studies BA (Hons) Add to your prospectus

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: Q810
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Classical Studies allows you to study the society and culture of antiquity, including its art, religion, history, and archaeology, studying their literary and visual cultures against the backdrop of the history of the period.

Study as part of joint-honours at 100:0 Choosing this subject as a Single Honours

You can also study Greek and/or Latin from beginners to advanced levels.

Programme in detail

In Year One a group of core modules provides you with a solid introduction to the breadth of Greco-Roman society and culture, and helps to develop the skills you will require for later in-depth study. The remaining half of the programme is drawn from options in ancient history, classical archaeology, Greek, and Latin.

In Year Two you will study aspects of Greek and Roman literature, art, language, intellectual culture, and modern receptions of the ancient world more exhaustively. Core modules cover broad and key topics in Greek and Roman culture and society and use a wide range of types of evidence. Optional modules allow you to analyse ancient texts in translation, or focus on epochal events and political actors in ancient history.

In Year Three, modules centre on key figures, genres, and themes continue the development of skills, depth, and focus. In particular, your dissertation will give you the opportunity to undertake detailed and independent research. You will have an expert adviser who will help you define the topic and give advice on useful directions to take, but the subject matter itself will be your own choice. Throughout the degree you may complement your classical studies with modules in ancient history, and ancient language.

Study as part of joint-honours at 75:25 Choosing this subject as a Major

In Year One a group of core modules provides you with a solid introduction to the breadth of Greco-Roman society and culture, and helps to develop the skills you will require for later in-depth study. The remaining half of the programme is drawn from options in ancient history, classical archaeology, Greek, and Latin.

In Year Two you will study aspects of Greek and Roman literature, art, language, intellectual culture, and modern receptions of the ancient world more exhaustively. Core modules cover broad and key topics in Greek and Roman culture and society and use a wide range of types of evidence. Optional modules allow you to analyse ancient texts in translation, or focus on epochal events and political actors in ancient history.

In Year Three, modules centre on key figures, genres, and themes continue the development of skills, depth, and focus. In particular, your dissertation will give you the opportunity to undertake detailed and independent research. You will have an expert adviser who will help you define the topic and give advice on useful directions to take, but the subject matter itself will be your own choice. Throughout the degree you may complement your classical studies with modules in ancient history, and ancient language.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a Joint

In this programme you can combine classical studies equally with another subject. The programme focuses on the societies and cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome. You will study their literary and visual cultures (including their art and architecture) against the backdrop of the history of the period. The programme also gives you the skills in reading and analysing the surviving (and sometimes conflicting) evidence that will allow you to reach and present your own judgements convincingly.

In Year One a group of four core modules provides you with a solid introduction to the breadth of Greco-Roman society and culture, and helps you develop the skills you will require for later in-depth study. In Year Two you will study aspects of Greek and Roman literature, art, language, intellectual culture, and modern receptions of the ancient world more intensely. In Year Three, modules centred on key figures, genres, and themes continue the development of skills, depth, and focus. Your dissertation will give you the opportunity to undertake detailed and independent research under the guidance of an expert adviser. The subject matter itself will be your own choice.

Study as part of joint-honours at 25:75Choosing this subject as a Minor

In this programme you can combine your Major programme with an overview of classical studies. The programme focuses on key literary genres and modes and how they relate to the societies that produced them. The programme also gives you the skills in reading and analysing the surviving (and sometimes conflicting) evidence that will allow you to reach and present your own judgements convincingly. Of the many modules on offer, you will be able to pick a pathway that is best suited to your specific interests.

In Year One, you will take two key modules in Greek and Roman literature, giving you a solid introduction to key issues in Greco-Roman society and culture, and developing the skills you will require for later in-depth study. In Year Two, you will examine major aspects of Greek and Roman culture and society and enhance your skills in using a wide range of types of evidence. In Year Three, optional modules centred on key figures, genres, and themes continue the development of skills, depth, and focus.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

84 Year One undergraduates in 2016

UK league tables

• Ranked 11th for Archaeology in the Sunday Times/Times University Guide 2017
• Ranked 5th for Archaeology in The Guardian University Guide 2018

National Student Survey

96% of students are happy with the teaching on their programme (National Student Survey 2016)

Research performance

Ranked 5th for Archaeology and Egyptology for world-leading 4* and 3* research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Why this subject?

Bring theory to life

At Liverpool our teaching is not just paper-based; we have campus facilities that allow you to experience hands-on activities to complement your studies. You’ll be taught in our Garstang Museum of Archaeology, which holds over 40,000 artefacts, including collections from Egypt, the Aegean, Sudan, the Middle East and Great Britain. You’ll use specialised archaeological facilities in our Archaeological Research Laboratories as well as our award-winning Central Teaching Laboratories where you’ll find equipment and material for scientific analysis and a dedicated space for flint-knapping and cave-painting, all of which are part of our core teaching activities.

Benefit from the unique breadth of our programmes

You’ll work alongside staff who are experts in their chosen field and have developed degree programmes that fully immerse you in the subject by studying the world from human origins right through to the civilisations of Greece, Rome, the Near East and Egypt.

You can either choose to focus on a particular culture or period, or gain a broader training that combines ancient civilisations. Alongside this, you will also have the opportunity to explore a number of ancient languages: Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Greek, Latin, Coptic, Sumerian and Akkadian.

Surround yourself with academic excellence

You’ll be studying in one of the largest and well-established departments of its kind in the world, with a community of 35 full-time academic staff all engaged in internationally recognised research. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Archaeology and Egyptology staff were ranked 5th in the UK for world-leading research.

Our staff specialisms include Greek and Roman Literature and Culture, Ancient History, Mediterranean Archaeology, British Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology, Human Evolution (Evolutionary Anthropology), African Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology and Egyptology (the largest grouping of Egyptologists in the UK).

Fulfil your potential in a supportive environment

With our extensive staff expertise, we support you in every aspect of your learning. As you move through your programme of study, we work with you to encourage you to play to your strengths and to specialise in aspects and approaches that interest you most, whether historical, archaeological, literary or linguistic.