Why study English and Latin Literature at Warwick?
- You will be jointly taught by the renowned staff from the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Classics and Ancient History Department.
- Students currently have the opportunity to study a range of Latin literature in different genres, including poetry and prose, history and biography, fiction and neo-Latin.
- Ranked fourth in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016 and The Times University Guide 2015, Classics has a strong staff-to-student ratio, meaning you will have regular one-on-one contact with academics in a friendly, supportive environment.
- At the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies you will be learning from experts at the cutting edge of their fields. A unique focus on Shakespeare draws on our proximity to the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. Other research strengths include world and comparative literature, creative writing, poetry and poetics, drama and performance, literary and cultural theory, religion and literature.
Dr Michael Scott
Classics and Ancient History
Dr Paul Prescott
English and Comparative Literature Studies
What will I learn?
If you have an interest and ability in Latin and English, this course will enable you to study literature and its influence across the past 2,000 years. We are one of the few universities in the UK to offer a combined degree that treats the two subjects as a continuum.
The course examines the links between Latin poetry and prose and the major developments in English literature. You can choose from a broad range of texts, which are jointly taught by the renowned staff from the English and Classics Departments. By combining the study of English and Latin literature, you will become aware of broad trends in literary development, and of the classical heritage of literature in the present day.
There is a wide choice of modules, including one that offers the opportunity to study Shakespeare in the region in which he lived and died. Our graduates develop high levels of independent thinking, attention to detail and creativity, valuable transferable skills in analysis, logic, written and oral communication, and the ability to work independently to meet deadlines.
In your first year you will take core modules in Roman Culture, Latin and English. In your second and third years you take one core English module each year - Romantic and Victorian Poetry, and Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of his Time - which you study alongside optional modules in both subjects. You may also write a third-year dissertation on an area that particularly interests you.
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.
How will I be assessed?
You will take four modules each year, the assessment of which is 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?
You may choose to spend a year at our partner university of Monash, Australia, at the end of your second year. 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.
A level AAB, including A in English Literature and Latin
International Baccalaureate 36 points including 6 in Higher Level English Literature and Latin.
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.
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.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews 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.
Departmental Open Days Every applicant who receives an offer is invited to attend one of the Departmental
Open Days. For information on our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us see the website.
What modules can I study?
First year modules include Roman Culture and Society, Latin Literary Texts and 2 English core modules.
Core modules in second and third year include Romantic and Victorian Poetry, and Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of his Time, alongside 2 Latin text modules in the Classics department. You may also write a dissertation in your third year in either Classics or English, alongside a core English module and 2 Latin text modules in the Classics department.
Examples of optional modules in the Classics department could include Origins of the Modern Novel, Epic and Epyllion, Politics and Poetics, Humanism and early modern Latin texts, The Roman Empire from Tiberius to Hadrian, the Transformation of Roman Society under Augustus.
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 careers can a degree in English and Latin Literature 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 English Literature and Latin
IB: 36 points including 6 in Higher Level English Literature and Latin.
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of Classics and Ancient History
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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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.