You study a variety of texts written in English alongside the culture of the classical world and will explore the connections between the two.
At a Glance
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A Level: AAB
IB: 35 points
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Roman and Greek literature and culture have profoundly influenced English novels, poetry, plays and films.
On this degree, you'll learn about the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome from a variety of perspectives, and uncover their legacy in our culture and the way we think today.
You can also learn a classical language - we offer Greek and Latin from beginners' or advanced level.
We have exceptional facilities to support your studies, including resources in our multi-award-winning Library, the Great North Museum on campus and our dedicated classical collection.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
We rank in the top ten UK universities for Classics and Ancient History in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2017.
Classical language learningClassical language learning
We offer highly successful and nationally acclaimed beginners' Language in Action classes for students who wish to learn Greek and/or Latin.
We also offer intermediate and advanced classes for students with previous experience in either language.
Our language classes are not a compulsory part of this degree so will form part of your optional modules at each stage. They allow you to engage in literary study of original Greek and Latin texts from beginners' right up to advanced level.
You will enjoy small class sizes, allowing for a high level of interaction with teaching staff.
Study visitsStudy visits
During your degree, you will have the chance to take part in extracurricular field trips that take advantage of the North East's rich history such as:
- the nearby World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall
- the classically-inspired Belsay Hall
- Wallington Hall
Study abroadStudy abroad
Studying abroad as part of your degree is a fun, challenging experience that will broaden your cultural horizons.
It will increase your employability and help you acquire a range of practical life skills. It's also a chance to improve your language skills and develop an international network of friends.
UK and EU students have the opportunity to take part in a study abroad exchange in either Stage 2 or Stage 3.
You can study in a European country, including:
You can also choose to study in a non-European country, such as Australia, the USA or Hong Kong.
Facilities and support
As a Joint Honours student, you will divide your time between the School of History, Classics and Archaeology in the recently refurbished Armstrong Building and the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics in the Percy Building.
Our multi-award-winning University Library Service, with over one million books, a huge range of electronic resources, and a Special Collections department with excellent historical and literary books and manuscripts are available to support your studies.
The University-led Great North Museum, adjacent to campus, includes world-class archaeological treasures and a resource-rich library.
Our Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts (NCLA) provides readings and events.
Newcastle University Students' Union is home to one of the best student newspapers in the country, The Courier. You can submit poetry and short prose for the School's magazine, Alliterati
You'll have a personal tutor throughout your degree