Classical Civilisation and Philosophy (BA)

University of Leeds the United Kingdom

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The award
BA

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 17500 per year

All study options

About Classical Civilisation and Philosophy at University of Leeds

This wide-ranging Joint Honours degree allows you to study the full range of ideas, thinkers and approaches in philosophy, while gaining an understanding of the classical societies that laid the foundations of Western philosophical thought.

You'll explore the literature, culture, politics and history of ancient Greek and Roman societies through core modules, as well as discovering the key issues, concepts and ways of thinking in philosophy. But because our research interests are so diverse, we can also offer a wide range of optional modules where you can focus on the topics and methods that interest you.

From Plato and Socrates to the Latin novel, philosophy of science to Greek art and society, Augustus' legacy to logic, this degree is a fantastic opportunity to study across disciplines, cultures and eras - all while gaining an impressively broad range of skills.

Leeds has plenty of useful resources for Classics students. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

  • Course content

    A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    Core modules in your first year will introduce you to key principles, ideas and texts in both subjects, such as logic, ethics and Greek and Roman literature or culture. You'll also be able to choose from optional modules such as philosophy of religion or science or take discovery modules from across the University.

    From this foundation, you'll build and expand your knowledge over the remaining two years. Core modules will allow you to discover major texts such as the Iliad or Aeneid, and you'll be expected to maintain a balance over a few key areas of philosophy such as value philosophy, logic and language or mind and knowledge.

    But you'll also be able to specialise in topics which interest you through optional modules such as feminist philosophy, Plato's Republic, philosophy of science and technology, or Dante's engagement with classical material. You'll also be able to showcase the critical and research skills you've gained when you undertake an independent dissertation on a topic of your choice in your final year.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: ABB

      • Career opportunities

        A Joint Honours degree in Classical Civilisation and Philosophy crosses disciplines and equips you with a wide range of skills, all of which are highly valuable to employers.

        You'll be a confident communicator, who can construct a clear and effective argument and then present and defend it either verbally or in writing. You'll also have good research skills and work well independently or in a team. You'll be able to think analytically and solve problems - and because you've managed two subjects, you'll also have good organisational skills.

        Graduates in each subject have gone on to find success in diverse careers as a result, including journalism, museum and heritage work, education, business and finance, administration, PR, recruitment, management and the civil service. Many others progress to postgraduate study.

        Careers support

        We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

        Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

        The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

      • Study abroad and work placements

        All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It's a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.

        Classics at Leeds also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Göttingen in Germany, Verona in Italy, and Thessaloniki in Greece. You could apply to spend a year studying at any of these institutions - language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

        Read more about study abroad in Classics

        Work placements

        Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

        Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

      • Related courses

        Ancient History and Philosophy BA
        Classical Civilisation BA
        Philosophy BA
  • Study options for this course

    • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
    • The awardBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 17500 per year

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