You are based in Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) which encompasses the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies and the Department of Modern Languages. In SECL, you benefit from the wide range of expertise and the interdisciplinary culture within the School.
Our degree programme
In your first year of study, you are introduced to ancient Greek and Roman civilisations and to the principles of archaeological research. You also have the opportunity to learn Latin or Ancient Greek, which are taught at all levels, alongside your study of Italian.
During all stages of your studies you may choose specialist modules that suit your interest. Our broad range of modules includes topics like ancient Egypt and everyday life in antiquity as well as Italian cinema and literature.
In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module in Italian on a subject of your choice or to complete an archaeological project. This allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about.
You are required to spend a year working or studying abroad between your second and final year of study. In previous years, students have studied at our partner institutions in a country appropriate to their programme of study. You’ll develop your language skills, grow in self-confidence, gain a new academic perspective, and enhance your employability.
You may use our specialist laboratory for cleaning and sorting archaeological finds. We also provide specialist equipment for geophysical surveys, photography, 3D laser scanning and microscopy. Our archaeology technician is on hand to help you as you work.
Many of our Italian teaching staff are native speakers. Our facilities include multimedia laboratories, which offer a variety of interactive language learning programmes and dictionaries, and access to audio, video and computer-assisted language learning.
Through Kent’s Templeman Library, you have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format. You can also gain easy access to international collections in London and local collections such as the Canterbury Cathedral Library.
Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development. Our Student Learning Advisory Centre offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.
You may want to join one of the many student-led societies at Kent, including:
Italian Society Modern Languages Society Classics and Archaeological Society.
We work closely with external organisations, such as the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and you may have the opportunity to take part in fieldwork activitiesClassical & Archaeological Studies
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.
Teaching is by lectures and seminars. We have extensive technical facilities, including audio, video and DVDs and computer-assisted language learning.
Depending on the modules you select, assessment throughout all stages of the course varies from 100% coursework, to a combination of examination and coursework, in the ratio 50:50, 60:40, 70:30 or 80:20.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection: