Why study Classics at Warwick?
- Our flexible degree programmes offer a wide choice of modules across the full range of Greek and Roman culture. In addition to studying Greek and/or Latin, you will be able to explore connections between the classical world and the civilisations of Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.
- We have a strong staff-to-student ratio, meaning you will have regular one-on-one contact with academics in a friendly, supportive environment. We received a 97% student satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey 2014.
- Our Classics and Ancient History department was ranked fourth in the UK by both the Guardian University Guide 2016 and The Times University Guide 2015. We pride ourselves on our innovative and flexible teaching, which uses cutting-edge techniques and technologies. We also offer hands-on learning with regular trips to museums and classical sites.
Dr Michael Scott
Classics and Ancient History
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This course will enable you to pursue your interest in the languages and literature of Greece and Rome, while considering the broader social, cultural and ideological contexts of the classical world. There is a broad range of classical texts on offer, which are taught in innovative and dynamic ways by staff engaged in ground-breaking research.
Core study covers the Greek and Latin languages, alongside modules such as The Origins of the Modern Novel, which allows you to trace genres and writing modes from antiquity to the present. You can also choose optional modules on other aspects of the ancient world (e.g. history and archaeology) that interest you. By studying past cultures, you will develop the skills to analyse broad social material and financial trends over extended periods of time and learn to pay attention to detail. You will also build skills in logic, written and oral communication, and the ability to work independently to meet deadlines.
In your first year you take two modules in Greek and Roman Culture and Society, plus Greek and Latin languages at an appropriate level. In your second and third years you continue to study both languages alongside two optional modules. One of your third-year options will be your dissertation, which enables you to explore further an area of particular interest.
If you choose our four-year Classics (Ancient Greek) with Study in Europe course, you will study alongside those on the Classics course. In your first year you take two modules in Greek and Roman Culture and Society, plus Greek at an appropriate level, and accelerated Italian. In your second year you continue to study Greek and Italian languages alongside two optional modules. You will spend your third year studying classical subjects in Italian at one of our partner universities in Venice, Rome or Bologna and then return for your final year at Warwick.
If you choose our four-year Classics (Latin) with Study in Europe course, you will study alongside those on the Classics course. In your first year you take two modules in Greek and Roman Culture and Society, plus Latin at an appropriate level, and accelerated Italian. In your second year you continue to study Latin and Italian languages alongside two optional modules. You will spend your third year studying classical subjects in Italian at one of our partner universities in Venice, Rome, Padua or Bologna and then return for your final year at Warwick.
How will I learn?
You will study in a variety of ways: lectures, seminars (involving student presentations or small-group discussion of a particular topic) and (in your final year) by completing a dissertation on a topic of your choice, with guidance from your departmental supervisor. You will have 2–3 contact hours per week for each module, and will also prepare work independently outside the classroom. Each of your essays will be discussed with you in a one-to-one feedback session with the first marker of the essay.
All our degrees involve core modules in your first year. In subsequent years, you build on what you have learnt through a choice of modules, which allow you to engage in your own way with the civilisation of the Ancient Mediterranean.
How will I be assessed?
You will take four modules each year, the assessment of which is equally divided between essays submitted during the year and exams in the summer (100% exam for language modules). Your second and third years contribute equally to your final degree classification.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
All our major degree courses are now available with study in Europe, which enables you to study the Ancient World with a year in Italy. We currently have exchange partnerships in Venice, Rome, Padua and Bologna. All students on these courses could spend the third year of the four-year course studying at the university in one of these cities.
The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
Please note that modules mentioned may change, as they are offered subject to staff availability, demand and timetable restrictions. Please visit the departmental website for more details.
A level AAB, including A in Latin or Ancient Greek
International Baccalaureate 36 points, including 6 in Higher Level Latin or Ancient Greek
Essential Subjects: Latin or Ancient Greek at A/Higher level
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies at A or AS level.
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA- recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP): All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Departmental Open Days Every applicant who receives an offer is invited to attend one of the Departmental
Open Days. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
First year modules include Greek Culture and Society; Roman Culture and Society; Greek and Latin.
Core modules in second year are your language modules, followed by a dissertation in the third year.
Examples of optional modules could include City of Rome; Democracy and Imperialism; Greek Religion; Politics and Poetics in Greek and Latin Literature; Principles and Methods of Classical Archaeology; Food & Drink in the Ancient Mediterranean; History of Medicine in the Ancient World; Roman Economy; The Roman Empire from Tiberius to Hadrian; Art & Architecture of Asia Minor; Coinage of Greece & Rome; The Transformation of Roman Society under Augustus; Epic & Epyllion; The Origins of the Modern Novel; Receptions of Antiquity: East and West; Greek Comedy; Greek Tragedy; Sexuality & Gender in Antiquity and Humanism and early modern Latin texts.
This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change, as they are offered subject to staff availability, demand and timetable restrictions. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.
What can a Warwick degree in Classics lead to?
A degree in a classical discipline will equip you with skills, knowledge and perspectives that can be used in many different areas of employment, opening up a variety of career options. Past graduates have gone on to work in accountancy/financial services, banking, commercial management, exam boards, the fashion industry, journalism, law, librarianship, local government, museum curatorship, HR, the police force, retail, teaching and television.
Graduate destinations include Amnesty International USA, Intern; Ofcom, Standards Officer; Frank PR, Public Relations Consultant; Ernst and Young, Assistant Tax Advisor; Museum of London, Events Coordinator.
To see some of our alumni profiles, visit: www.warwick.ac.uk/classicsperspectives
A level: AAB including A in Latin or Ancient Greek
IB: 36 points including 6 in Higher Level Latin or Ancient Greek
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of Classics and Ancient History
Jivan Kandola - Classics & Ancient History
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.