Ancient civilisations laid the foundations of the modern world, and shaped how we perceive all elements of our society, including power, sexuality, ethics, migration, identity, globalisation and religion.
Studying Classical and Archaeological Studies at Kent gives you the opportunity to explore a broad range of topics from the Minoan and Mycenean period, up to classical Greece, Republican Rome and early Christianity. You study alongside staff in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, whose research is recognised as world-leading.
In your first year, you take introductory modules on archaeology and the civilisations of Greece and Rome. You also have the opportunity to study beginners’ Latin or Greek, classical literature and mythology, Mediterranean empires, and local archaeology.
In your second and third years you can study literature from Greece, Rome and early Christianity, and the history of these civilisations as well as the Celts and Byzantium. It is also possible to take a fieldwork practice module where you discover the latest techniques. In your final year, you complete a dissertation or extended essay in a subject of your choice, supported by a supervisor.
You can also go on field trips to archaeological sites in the UK and abroad. Past destinations have included Crete, mainland Greece, Italy and Turkey. You can also apply to take one of our placement modules, where, subject to a selection process, you spend time on an internship in either a heritage organisation or a museum.
Dr Christopher Burden-Strevens asks whether Roman politicians of the Late Republic would have regarded the Prime Minister as a great statesman, or a populist tribune?
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 shows future employers that you can 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.
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.
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.