Studying Classics at Newcastle means exploring the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome from a variety of perspectives and uncovering their legacy in our culture and their impact on the way we think today.
It provides a fascinating way for you to pursue your passion for the ancient world while laying the foundation for a broad range of careers.
In this degree you focus on Greek and Latin language and literature, whilst also having the opportunity to study a variety of aspects of the classical world.
Much of your work will be based around the study of literature in the original language by major classical authors, while also working on developing and enhancing your linguistic and translation skills.
To help you understand the context in which these texts were written, you complement your language study by selecting from topics covering the literature, art, philosophy, history and archaeology of Greece and Rome.
The flexibility of the degree means you can spend some of your time studying topics from Classical Studies, Ancient History, Archaeology or History, or another subject area should you wish to.
Classics at Newcastle is highly regarded, achieving a 93% overall student satisfaction score in the 2013 National Student Survey.
Research-informed teaching shapes the content of our undergraduate degrees and makes sure that you have chance to cover the most up-to-date theories and discoveries in your subject. Our current research strengths include:
You normally attend between seven and 10 lectures or seminars per week. Tutorials and workshops also form part of your timetable, and you will supplement your classes with a substantial amount of independent study, research and reading.
You will be expected to produce between three and six pieces of written work of varying length each semester. Your work will be assessed through course work or end-of-semester examinations, or a combination of the two. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
Each year, you spend one third of your time studying Latin and one third studying Greek, leading to a command of both by the end of your degree. Both Latin and Greek can be studied either from beginners' or advanced level. See the Modules tab for more information.
Our language classes provide thorough grounding in the essential knowledge and skills required to read Latin and Greek texts.
Translation and textual study classes enable you to improve your fluency in reading, while developing skills of literary analysis.
During your degree, you will have the chance to take part in extra-curricular field trips that take advantage of the North East’s rich history such as:
UK and EU students have the opportunity to broaden their academic experience and study abroad as part of their degree, particularly at the historic Italian University of Bologna.
As a classics student, you will be based in our School of History, Classics and Archaeology in the Armstrong Building. You will join a close-knit group of staff and students in the study of a timeless subject, brought to life by our historically rich location.
We have our own Classics Library which is a good place to work as well as to borrow resources to support your study. We also have an active student society, ClasSoc, which organises a range of activities and events for classics students.
The Roman history of the city had a big impact on me with my grounding in Latin already and seemed an ideal place to be learning about it