Classical and Archaeological Studies (BA (Hons))

University of Kent

For more information about Classical and Archaeological Studies at University of Kent, please visit the webpage using the button above.

The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
- 3 years

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Classical and Archaeological Studies at University of Kent

The Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies is based in the School of European Culture and Languages, which is one of the largest academic schools in the University. Staff are renowned for the quality of their research and for their enthusiasm as teachers. The department is small and friendly which means you quickly develop close working relationships with lecturers and seminar leaders.

Exploring this fascinating and enriching period in Canterbury, a late Iron Age settlement, a Romano-British city, an Anglo-Saxon town, and a centre of early Christianity gives you an ideal base for studying different cultures.

Our degree programme

Much of European civilisation grew out of the classical world so it is not surprising that it is still highly relevant today. Classical & Archaeological Studies is a wide ranging programme. You can choose to follow a specialised pathway, either Literature, History or Archaeology, or you can include elements from all these areas in one programme.

In your first year, you take introductory modules on archaeology and the civilisations of Greece and Rome. You can also study beginners’ Latin or Greek. 

In your second and final years, you either follow your specific pathway, for example on the History pathway you could study everyday life in the Roman empire or religions in ancient Greece. It is also possible to take a fieldwork practice module where you discover the latest techniques used in archaeological sites. In your final year, you complete a dissertation or extended essay (based on performance or interest) in a subject of your choice, supported by a supervisor. 

You can also apply to take one of our placement modules, where you can experience in museum or heritage studies, spending time on an internship in either a heritage organisation or a museum. These placement modules are subject to a selection process.

Year abroad/placement year

You can apply to spend a year abroad as part of your degree programme. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to discover a new culture and demonstrates to future employers that you have the enthusiasm to succeed in a new environment. It is possible to spend a year or a term abroad at one of our partner institutions. You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply. It is also possible to undertake a placement year in industry. 

See Kent’s Go Abroad pages for more details, or the Placement Year information from the Faculty of Humanities.

Extra activities

We work closely with external organisations, such as the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and many students take part in fieldwork activities. You can join the student-led Classical and Archaeology Society, which organises social events, film screenings and trips.

Other Courses You May Be Interested In

Below are some suggested courses at other providers that you may also be interested in:

Study options for this course

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a 2.1 at undergraduate level and a Merit at Master's level in a relevant discipline, from a UK or other approved university and/or equivalent. You must submit a research proposal of approximately 1,500 words on your intended topic.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country.

Meet our staff in your country

For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Kent to prepare for your chosen course:

Foundation and Pathway Courses at other institutions

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course then consider one of these courses from another institution:

Other courses at University of Kent

There are 1251 other courses listed from University of Kent. A selection of these are displayed below:

Location of University of Kent

University of Kent main campus is shown on the map below: