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Classical Civilisation, BA

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
BAFull-time3 yearsSeptemberGBP 9250 per yearGBP 17500 per year

About Classical Civilisation, BA - at University of Leeds

Classics focuses on the study of the Greek and Roman worlds, ranging from the earliest Greek literature to the fall of the Roman Empire. But it also covers the way ancient culture has been received and interpreted ever since. This degree is the broadest approach to this interdisciplinary field, incorporating the study of history, literature, language, art, philosophy, archaeology and other areas.

You'll explore Greek and Roman culture through our core modules, which will introduce key texts such as Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid and key events in ancient history. But you'll also shape your degree to suit you, choosing from optional modules on a wide range of different topics.

You could study Greek art and Roman comedy, the ruins of Pompeii, or how classical religion and myth have been used in 21st century texts, video games, film, and fiction. We study texts in translation, but if you want to learn or continue with an ancient language we also offer Ancient Greek and Latin.

Leeds has plenty of useful resources for Classics students. Aside from a huge array of scholarly material on the subject, the world-class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscripts, as well as 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

    In your first year, you'll be introduced to the key issues and themes in Classics, with core modules on the literature and history of Greek and Roman societies. You'll also be able to choose from options in areas such as ancient languages or classical archaeology to explore your own interests.

    You'll have a broader range of choice as your degree progresses, on topics from Augustus and his legacy to Dante's engagement with the Classics. Compulsory modules in Year 2 will introduce you to some of the foundational texts of Western culture, the Iliad and Aeneid.

    In your final year, you'll focus on your interests with optional modules covering areas such as Ovid's innovative works, ancient Greek cultural values, and the role of Classics in modern literature. But you'll also apply the research, critical, and analytical skills you've developed throughout your degree to your final year research project.

    You can also learn Ancient Greek or Latin in any year of study.

    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: AAB-ABB

      • Career opportunities

        A degree in Classical Civilisation covers a huge number of different disciplines within the subject itself. It therefore affords you the opportunity to develop transferable skills in a range of areas. You'll be a problem-solver and critical thinker who can analyse information, draw your own conclusions, and persuasively communicate your findings. You'll be able to build sound arguments, manage your time effectively, and conduct independent research.

        All of this is valued by employers, and Classics graduates have gone into varied careers as a result. They've progressed to journalism, museum and heritage work, teaching, accountancy and finance, administration, PR, business, recruitment, the armed forces, and local government. Many also go onto postgraduate study in related disciplines.

        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 has 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 - modern language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience. There are also opportunities at universities across the world where course are taught in English.

        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

        Classical Civilisation and English BA
        Classical Civilisation and Philosophy BA
  • Entry requirements for this course

    Contact University of Leeds to find course entry requirements.

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