Classics BA (Hons)

Key information


Study the Greeks and Romans and the languages in which they thought and wrote, whether you are a beginner or already studying Greek or Latin.

In the language modules, your language skills and literary awareness will be developed through a wide range of texts (in poetry and prose) from the Graeco-Roman world.

The rest of the degree allows you to study the society and culture of antiquity, including its literature, art, history and archaeology. If you have no previous experience of either Greek or Latin, the introductory level modules are designed to move you towards reading texts in their original languages as swiftly as possible.

The more advanced modules allow for in-depth study of a wide variety of authors. You will have the advantage of expert tuition, often in very small groups, and the opportunity to develop specialist interests.

Programme in detail

In Year One you will study Greek and Latin language at levels depending on your previous experience. Other modules are on Greek and Roman literature in translation (the cultural cornerstones of the Odyssey and the Aeneid), ancient history, and visual culture.

In Year Two, you will continue to develop both your skills in Latin and Greek, and your awareness of how Greek and Roman authors were using their languages. Your optional modules can be in Greek and Roman culture, classical literature in translation and ancient history.

In Year Three, 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. You will also continue with Greek and Latin and will read key authors in the original language. The optional modules on offer draw directly on the areas of particular expertise of the Liverpool teaching staff.

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

This pathway covers the learning of both Latin and Greek and reading texts in the original language. The programme extends from beginners level in both languages to advanced level, and you will be put into the programme at the stage that fits with any previous experience you have had.

There are five levels for each language in this programme, and you are slotted in at the appropriate level for your language experience. It may be that you will do Greek I at the same time as Latin III if you have an A level in Latin and not in Greek.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

80 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

Ranked 5th for Archaeology in the Complete University Guide (2020)

Graduate prospects

93% of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17)

Research performance

Ranked 5th for Archaeology and Egyptology for world-leading 4* and 3* research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 (THE 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 awardwinning Central Teaching Laboratories where you’ll find equipment and material for scientific analysis and a dedicated space for flint-knapping and cave-painting.

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 wellestablished 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’ (we have 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.