Join world-leading experts, including practicing archaeologists and historians. You’ll study civilisations, from the Minoan and Mycenean period, up to classical Greece, Republican Rome and early Christianity. Build a perspective of classical cultures as living traditions, and how they’ve continued to shape the world. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn ancient languages, and spend valuable time working as an intern in the heritage or museum sector.
Why study Classical Studies?
95% of final-year Classics students who completed the National Student Survey 2022 were satisfied with the overall quality of their course Classics at Kent was ranked 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction by The Complete University Guide 2023Study in historic Canterbury: the centre of major historical events and the home of classical scholarship in the UK. Ancient languages have been taught in the City since the seventh centuryWork alongside internationally-renowned experts: our academics are practicing experts in the languages and literature of the ancient world, covering the works of Virgil, Homer, the Greek historians, Cicero, ancient philosophy, and post-classical literature Unlock over a thousand years of literature: study the development of western literature from the world of the bronze age and Homeric epic to the writings of Byzantine Christian scholars and saints Decipher ancient languages: Unlock the secrets of the past and learn Latin, Ancient Greek, and Egyptian HieroglyphsGet 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 discover that Classical & Archaeological Studies gives you the skills to have an exciting career across a wide range of fields
What our students say
“The Fieldwork Practice module gave me my first taste of practical archaeology which has definitely sold archaeology to me! I loved The Crisis of the Late Republic because it’s been a fun overview of Roman history and we had assignments that weren’t essays which gave me a creative way to explore topics I wanted to look at.” Martha Carter, BA Classical and Archaeological Studies
What you'll learn
In your first year, you’ll take introductory modules on archaeology and the civilisations of Greece and Rome. You can also study Latin and Greek, and choose from other literature or history modules.
In your second and third years you can delve into more specialist areas: Greek plays, the literature of early Christianity, Greek philosophy, Egypt and the classical world and the Ancient Celts.
In your final year, you complete a dissertation or extended essay in a subject of your choice, supported by a supervisor. You can also apply to take one of our placement modules, subject to a selection process, spending time on an internship in a heritage organisation or a museum.
Do you have a passion for Archaeology too? BA Classical & Archaeological Studies is also available.
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, whether focused on literature, thought, art and religion, or on history and political and social organisation, or on material culture, with an informed sense of the similarities and differences between it and our own culture
- complementary subjects to read both critically and empathetically literary, philosophical, historical and other source materials, while addressing questions of genre, content, perspective and purpose
- selected themes, periods and regions within ancient literature and history in the context of current debate
- an appropriate and diverse range of primary materials and the appropriate methods of interpretation.
You will be able 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 enable you to:
- make a critical evaluation of a variety of sources for literary and historical study (eg texts, inscriptions, and other data)
- extract key elements from complex data and identify and solve associated problems
- select and apply appropriate methodologies in assessing data, such as bibliographical research, textual analysis, historical analysis, visual skills, use of statistics, philosophical argument and analysis
- gather, memorise and deploy evidence and information, and show awareness of the consequences of the unavailability of evidence
- marshal argument lucidly and communicate interpretations using the appropriate academic conventions.
You gain transferable skills to enable you to:
- communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means
- evaluate and learn from your own academic performance
- manage time and 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; understand how groups function
- deploy a range of IT skills effectively, such as producing word-processed text with footnotes, basic formatting, using email, research using databases and text files, locating and exploiting websites.
The programme aims to:
- teach within the framework of ancient literature, providing flexibility and a multidisciplinary approach as outlined in our mission statement
- treat the diverse societies and cultures of the Ancient World, its interaction and influences, with a focus on literature
- make a study in depth of selected themes, regions and periods in antiquity
- introduce key elements by which early Europe acquired its social, political, cultural and intellectual foundations, in accordance with our statement on building on close ties within Europe
- explore different types of evidence – literary, historical, and archaeological – using primary source material wherever possible and focusing on different approaches and techniques based on research-led teaching as outlined in our mission statement
- examine the problems of interpretation in each type of source material through critical analysis of current studies.