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QQ83 - Classical Studies and English

Classical Studies and English

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: QQ83
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
Year :

Combine the study of the ancient and modern worlds; from the impact of Greek and Roman literature and culture, to how the classical world has influenced today's cultures.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £18600

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 35 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

Immerse yourself in the study of the Greek and Roman worlds on this Classical Studies and English BA Honours degree, exploring how these cultures have influenced English novels, poetry, plays and films. 

You'll study the language and literature of ancient Greece and Rome and develop your knowledge of how Greek, Latin and English writers thought about and presented their worlds through their work.

You will analyse the relationships between literature written in English and Greek, and Roman literature and culture, exploring the impact of the Classical tradition on Western civilisation. You'll also have the opportunity to explore classical texts in translation or in the original language.

This flexible, interdisciplinary degree gives you the chance to study ancient Greek and Latin language – from beginners’ to advanced level – and choose to specialise in areas of particular interest to you, equipping you with a thorough and specialist knowledge of the classical world.


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Quality and ranking

  • top 10 in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • 92% overall student satisfaction score – National Student Survey 2019
  • top 150 – English Language and Literature category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • top 175 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • 3rd in the UK for research – Research Excellence Framework 2014 (English Language and Literature category)

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

You will broaden your knowledge of English literature and the ancient world. You'll build a foundation of knowledge so you're able to use different methods to think about and approach the Greek and Roman past. You'll gain the skills needed to comprehend, analyse, and interpret texts by classical authors and authors writing in English.

You have the option to take modules in Greek and Latin language, ancient philosophy, and ancient history.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Introduction to Literary Studies 1 20
Introduction to Literary Studies II 20
Transformations 20
HCA Academic Mentoring Stage 1 0
Optional Modules Credits
Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology 20
Life and Literature in the Roman Republic 20
Tragedy, Comedy, History: The World of Greek Literature 20
How Should I Live? An Introduction to Ancient Moral Philosophy 20
Beginners' Greek in Action 1 20
Beginners' Greek in Action 2 20
Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 1 20
Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 2 20
West meets East: Greek History and Society, 776-200 BC 20
The Roman world from Romulus to Heraclius: history and culture from 753 BC to AD 641 20
Beginners' Latin in Action 1 20
Beginners' Latin in Action 2 20
Intermediate Latin Language and Literature 1 20
Intermediate Latin Language and Literature 2 20

In addition to a research training module, which helps you to develop your independent research skills, you can choose from a range of modules. Topics relate to English literature from the 16th century to present day, ancient history, and Greek and Latin language.

You may also choose a creative writing module.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Special Study on an Aspect of Classical Influence in English Literature 20
HCA Academic Mentoring Stage 2 0
Optional Modules Credits
The Classical Inheritance in Western Culture 20
History, Literature and Truth: the case of the ancient historians 20
Death and Dismemberment: Literature in the Age of Nero 20
Beginners' Greek in Action 1 20
Beginners' Greek in Action 2 20
Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 1 20
Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 2 20
Level 2 Greek: Interpretation of Texts 20
Special Study in Greek Stage 2 20
Hellenistic Empires from Alexander to Cleopatra 20
Caesar's Gift: Rome under the Emperors 20
Greek and Roman Religions 20
Slavery in Greco-Roman antiquity 20
Beginners' Latin in Action 1 20
Beginners' Latin in Action 2 20
Intermediate Latin Language and Literature 1 20
Intermediate Latin Language and Literature 2 20
Level 2 Latin: Interpretation of Texts 20
Level 2 Latin: Special Study Stage 2 20
HaSS Erasmus Exchange Semester 1 60 Credits 60
HaSS Erasmus Exchange Semester 2 60 credits 60
Career Development for second year students 20
Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability 20
Renaissance Bodies 20
Writing New Worlds, 1688-1789 20
Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832 20
Victorian Passions: Victorian Values 20
Fictions of Migration 20
Contemporary Cultures 20
Modernisms 20
Monsters, Misery & Miracles: Heroic Life in Old English Poetry 20
Poetry Workshop 20
Theatre Script Workshop 20
Prose Workshop 20
Screenwriting Workshop 20

In Stage 3, you'll have a wider range of optional modules to choose from, including Home, Heritage, History: 20th Century Children’s Literature, Woman on Trial: Gender, Power and Performance in Shakespeare’s England and The Life and Afterlife of Alexander the Great.

You'll conduct a major research project, writing a dissertation on a topic of your choice for which you will be guided and supervised by our expert staff. A creative writing project is also an option.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Special Study on an Aspect of Classical Influence in English Literature 40
HCA Academic Mentoring Stage 3 0
Optional Modules Credits
The Classical Inheritance in Western Culture 20
History, Literature and Truth: the case of the ancient historians: Stage 3 20
Death and Dismemberment: Literature in the Age of Nero 20
Beginners' Greek in Action 1 20
Beginners' Greek in Action 2 20
Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 1 20
Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 2 20
Level 2 Greek: Interpretation of Texts 20
Level 3 Greek: Interpretation of Texts 20
Level 2/3 Greek: Special Study Stage 3 20
City of Athens: Power, Society and Culture 20
Celluloid History II 20
The Fall of the Roman Republic 20
The World of Herodotus 20
Roman Egypt 20
Beginners' Latin in Action 1 20
Beginners' Latin in Action 2 20
Intermediate Latin Language and Literature 1 20
Intermediate Latin Language and Literature 2 20
Level 2 Latin: Interpretation of Texts 20
Level 3 Latin: Interpretation of Texts 20
Level 2/3 Latin: Special Study Stage 3 20
Career Development for final year students 20
Orgasms, Odalisques, Onanism: Desire and the Body at the Fin de siècle 20
Chaucer, Shakespeare and the Book of the Future 20
Sex and Money: Economies of the Victorian Novel 20
Other Renaissances: Gender, Race and Sexuality in Early Modern Culture 20
Cultural Industries Placement Module (Semester 1) 20
Cultural Industries Placement Module (Semester 2) 20
Romantic Poetry: Journeys of the Imagination 20
Contemporary Documentary 1: Theory and Practice 20
Contemporary Documentary 2: Theory & Practice 20
Writing the Postcolonial Nation: Literature from the Indian Subcontinent 20
Women of Virtue and Women of Pleasure: Sensibility in the Age of Reason 20
Landscapes of American Modernism 20
Modernist Poetry: Pound to the Beats 20
Caribbean-U.S. Cultures 20
Women on Trial: Gender, Power, and Performance in Shakespeare's England 20
Between the Acts: English Theatre, 1660-1737 20
Shakespeare's Show Business 20
The Victorian Novel: Time, Change, and the Life Course 20
Prose Portfolio 40
Theatre Script Portfolio 40
Poetry Portfolio 40
Screenwriting Portfolio 40
High-toned, Middlebrow, and Lowdown: Jazz-Age Literature in the Magazines 20
Making Ireland: Kingdom, Colony and Nation in Text and Performance 20
Planetary Imaginations: Literature in the Time of Environmental Crisis 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll be taught through a range of teaching methods and activities, including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • film-screenings

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Presentations

Skills and experience

Practical skills

During your degree, you will have the chance to take part in extracurricular field trips that take advantage of the North East's rich history such as:

  • the nearby World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall
  • the classically inspired Belsay Hall
  • Wallington Hall

You will be able to take advantage of the resources of the Great North Museum, with its extensive ancient collections.

These practical experiences complement your understanding of the topics you are studying, allowing you to analyse and interpret artefacts, and carry out research using a wide range of archives.

Research skills

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to spend the summer following your second year working alongside academic staff on your own research project.

In your final year, using the skills developed during your degree, you’ll write a dissertation on a topic of your own choosing. During this, you’ll hone your investigative skills as you undertake independent research with access to extensive print and electronic resources, as well as archives and special collections.

Chat to a student

I chose Newcastle because it is one of the best universities in the country to educate yourself in the Classics. It is just hours away from sites of monumental importance, the lecturers are all experts in their fields and you will find an experience here that cannot be found anywhere else on a campus itself steeped in history.

Kieren, Classical Studies student


Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in either Stage 2 or 3. You can study in an EU country as part of an Erasmus exchange or further afield.

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment


You'll be based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, located at the heart of campus in the historic Armstrong Building. Here you'll have access to excellent study resources including:

  • the Cluster for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies
  • a range of other specialist facilities and archives
  • the antiquarian library 
  • the on-campus Great North Museum, with enormous collections of Greek and Roman artefacts, including the Shefton collection on Greek Art


Study with us and be welcomed into a vibrant and supportive community. We ensure you achieve your highest potential and are equipped for career success.

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

Your future

You'll develop a mix of practical, intellectual and transferable skills desirable to employers. This will give you an excellent choice of further study and career opportunities open to you on completion of your studies.

Classics graduates find themselves in a diverse range of careers, including:

  • research, information work and IT
  • law and legal services
  • journalism and marketing
  • retail
  • social work

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

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Careers support

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

35 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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