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Classical Civilisation (Full-Time / Part-Time)

Why study Classical Civilisation at Warwick?

  • Our 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 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.




What will I learn?

The Classical Civilisation courses will appeal to individuals with a broad interest in all aspects of the ancient world, including Greek and Roman culture, history, philosophy and languages. There is flexibility to switch to the Ancient History stream after your first year if you discover this is where your interests lie.

The course offers many hands-on learning experiences, which will develop ability to engage in analytical, evaluative and lateral thinking. These include visiting historical sites in Rome during the optional City of Rome module, live video conferencing with Monash University (Australia) in our Democracy and Imperialism module, and recreating the experience of a Greek symposium using replica vases in Greek Culture and Society. You will also have the opportunity to go on an archaeological excavation either in the UK or abroad during the summer. In addition, our graduates develop valuable transferable skills in analysis, logic, written and oral communication, the ability to work independently to meet deadlines and to pay attention to detail.

In your first year you will take four core modules, which introduce different aspects of the classical world, and develop your writing, language and research skills. There is a wide choice of modules available to second and third years, plus one core module in each year. In your second year this is The Hellenistic World and in your third year it is a dissertation on a topic of your choice, allowing you to further explore an area of particular interest.

If you choose our four-year Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe course, you will study alongside those on the Classical Civilisation course. In your first year you take modules on Roman and Greek Culture and Society, Latin or Greek and accelerated Italian, and in your second year you take two core modules (Italian and The Hellenistic World), and two further modules of your choice. 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.

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 module convenor.

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. Regardless of your chosen degree, you are required to complete at least one module in an ancient language in your first year.

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 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 International Office offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

Entry Requirements

A level ABB

International Baccalaureate 34 points

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.

Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more nformation please visit the international entry requirements page.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies at A or AS level.

* Selection of one of these streams at the time of application is considered an indicator of future interest only, and is not binding.

Essential Subjects

No essential subjects for Classical Civilisation, Ancient History and Classical Archaeology or Classical Civilisation with Philosophy, although candidates should bear in mind that these degrees involve substantial historical and literary components; most successful applicants will have a high grade in some language, ancient or modern, at GCSE or equivalent.

Further Information

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.

UCAS: Q820 Ba/cic

What modules can I study?

First year modules taken: Greek Culture and Society; Roman Culture and Society; Latin or Greek language (at appropriate level) and EITHER: Introduction to Greek and Roman History OR Philosophy in Practice and Introduction to Ancient Philosophy.

Core modules in second year include Hellenistic World, followed by a dissertation in the third year.

Examples of optional modules could include Alexander the Great; City of Rome; Early Christianity; 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; Art & Architecture of Archaic and Classical Greece; Art & Death in Neronian Culture; Epic & Epyllion; The Ancient World in Film and Popular Culture; Greek Comedy; Greek Tragedy; Sexuality & Gender in Antiquity and Humanism and early modern Latin texts.*

Find out more about the Classics degree structure and module information 

* This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.

What careers can a Warwick degree in Classical Civilisation 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 the armed forces, 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:




Dr Michael Scott

Classics and Ancient History

Joanne Knights

3rd Year Undergraduate

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