Discover civilisations from the Minoan and Mycenean period, up to classical Greece, Republican Rome and early Christianity, working alongside world-leading experts, including practicing archaeologists and historians.
Explore the ancient world in its global context, and develop a 21st-century approach to the fascinating, influential, and controversial civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome, and their connections with Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
Why study Classical and Archaeological Studies at Kent?
95% of final-year Classics students who completed the National Student Survey 2022 were satisfied with the overall quality of their course Ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction in Archaeology in the Complete University Guide 2023Discover historic Canterbury: the Roman town of Durovernum Cantiacorum has many surviving ancient sites. Develop practical skills as an archaeologist on our fieldwork training courses and modulesTravel back in time with on-site excavations: enrich your knowledge of the ancient world with regular trips to where it all happened, led by world-leading experts. Immerse yourself in history on a walking tour of Hadrian’s Wall or a long weekend in Rome and Pompeii Get career-ready: Make the connections that matter through our links to local heritage organisations and cultural sites, or prepare for teacher training with our practical modules. Meet our graduates and find out where Classical & Archaeological Studies could take youDecipher ancient languages: Unlock the secrets of the past with an option to learn Latin, Ancient Greek, and Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Develop expert analytical skills in our Archaeology Laboratory: home to state-of-the-art equipment for geophysics, laser scanning and dating, you'll analyse ancient materials and develop technical expertise.
What our students say
“You can walk across the fields and there’s Roman pottery all over the place! We’ve already done a geophysical survey with a magnetometer, which shows you features in the ground. We think there was a tile-making settlement there and we’ve found the tile kilns. It’s just a little fieldwork training dig we are doing.”
Kelsey Bennett, BA Classical and Archaeological Studies with a Year Abroad
What you'll study
In your first year, you’ll take an introductory module on archaeology and a further module that uses the greatest archaeological sites from antiquity to introduce you to key issues in the field. You will also learn how to combine material and literary evidence in our introductory modules on the civilisations of Greece and Rome. You can choose to study local archaeology with a practicing field archaeologist, beginners Latin or Greek, and classical literature and mythology.
The second and third years of the programme can be tailored to your interests. You can study British Iron Age archaeology, the latest techniques and methods in professional archaeology, and a fieldwork practice module which gives hands-on experience of excavation in Roman villas and Iron Age hill forts. You can also apply for our placement modules, spending time on an internship in a museum or school, and can study a range of options in Egyptology, early Greece, and ancient languages and literature.
In your final year, you will receive expert supervision on a written dissertation or a material-culture project (capstone project) of your choosing, alongside your optional modules.
See the modules you'll study
All modules have a weekly seminar, and most also have weekly lectures. Archaeology modules sometimes include museum and site visits. We encourage students to take part in excavations and surveys with staff and associated institutions, and student bursaries are available to support this.
Assessment at all stages varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- another culture, focused on literature, thought, art and religion, or history and political and social organisation, or material culture, with an informed sense of the similarities and differences between it and our own culture
- selected themes, periods and regions within the context of current debate
- a diverse range of primary materials and the appropriate methods of interpretation.
You gain the intellectual abilities to:
- apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry
- analyse, evaluate and interpret a variety of types of evidence in an independent and critical manner
- select, gather and synthesise relevant information from a wide variety of sources to gain a coherent understanding
- deploy a range of techniques and methodologies of study
- utilise problem-solving skills
- evaluate research in a critical manner
- study and reach conclusions independently.
You gain subject-specific skills to:
- critically evaluate a variety of sources for literary, historical and archaeological study, such as texts and inscriptions
- extract key elements from complex data, identify and solve associated problems
- select and apply appropriate methodologies in assessing data, such as bibliographical research, textual analysis, historical analysis, visual skills, collection and analysis of archaeological data, use of statistics, philosophical argument and analysis
- gather, memorise and deploy evidence and information, and show awareness of the consequences if such evidence is unavailable
- show familiarity with the basic concepts that underpin the different branches of the programme pathways
- present an argument lucidly and communicate interpretations using the appropriate academic conventions.
You gain transferable skills to:
- communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals
- take responsibility for your personal and professional learning and development
- evaluate and learn from your own academic performance
- manage time, prioritise workloads and assessments, and write and think under pressure
- utilise problem-solving skills in a variety of theoretical and practical situations
- work creatively, flexibly and adaptably with others, and to understand how groups function
- deploy a range of IT skills effectively, such as producing word-processed text with footnotes, formatting documents, researching using databases, and locating and exploiting websites.
The programme aims to:
- teach a congruent discipline within the framework of European intellectual, cultural and historical traditions, interacting with other component disciplines
- teach students about the diverse societies and cultures of the Ancient World and their interaction, through literature, history and archaeology
- provide carefully graded programmes in Classical Studies, Ancient History and Archaeological Studies
- survey the main areas and genres of Classical Literature, both Greek and Latin
- study the history of ancient Greece and Rome, and the contemporary civilisations of ancient Asia Minor, Persia and Egypt, from ca. 600BC to ca. AD600
- examine the archaeology of the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome within the wider context of the Mediterranean, and of the broadly contemporary cultures of temperate Europe, over the period ca. 1000BC to ca. AD600, and to introduce some aspects of earlier prehistory
- study in depth selected themes, regions and periods in literature, history and archaeology
- introduce key elements by which early Europe acquired its social, political, cultural and intellectual foundations
- explore different types of evidence, literary, historical, art and archaeological, using primary source material where possible, focusing on different approaches and techniques
- examine the problems of interpretation of source material through critical analysis of current studies
- equip students with a range of subject-based critical thinking and communication skills.