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.
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.