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Q810 - Classical Studies

Classical Studies

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: Q810
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2021
Year :

Explore the rich heritage and diverse cultures of ancient Greece and Rome – from literature and art to religion and science – and discover their impact on the modern world.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £18600

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB-ABB
  • IB: 32-35 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 world on this three-year Classical Studies BA Honours degree. You'll focus on developing your knowledge of how ancient societies thought about and presented their world through culture.

Exploring everything from literature, history and art, to science, architecture and religion, you'll learn about the impact Classical tradition has had on Western civilisation. You'll also learn about the range of approaches available to study it.

Alongside core modules in Greek and Roman literature, you'll explore a variety of topics, including Greek and Roman religion, slavery in Greco-Roman Antiquity, the life and afterlife of Alexander the Great, and the ‘reception’ of the Greek and Roman past in modern cinema. 

You will have the opportunity to study ancient Greek and Latin language, from beginners’ to advanced level. You will also choose to specialise in subject areas of interest to you, preparing you for a broad range of employment opportunities in a wide variety of fields.


Students working over a laptop and books

Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

Quality and ranking

  • top 150 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2021

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.

We lay the foundation for thinking about, and approaching the Greek and Roman past. You will be introduced to key texts in Greek and Roman literature.

Texts include renowned works such as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, and the works of a wide range of other Greek and Roman writers.

You can also choose to take modules in Greek and Latin language, ancient philosophy, Greek and Roman history, and archaeology.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Life and Literature in the Roman Republic 20
Tragedy, Comedy, History: The World of Greek Literature 20
Optional Modules Credits
The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the 20th Century 20
Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology 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 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
Slavery 20
Stuff: living in a material world 20
Global Ancient Histories 20

You will undertake a dedicated research training module, ‘Researching the Classics’, which places emphasis on helping you to develop your abilities to pursue independent research, in preparation for Stage 3.

You will also choose from a wide selection of modules from topics relating to literature, history, art, archaeology, the history of medicine, and Greek and Latin language.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Researching the Classics 20
Optional Modules Credits
Archaeologies of the Roman Empire: The Roman World from Augustus to Justinian 20
Food for Thought: Greco-Roman Dining and Sympotic Culture 20
Beginnings in Latin Literature 20
The Ancient Art of Spin: Classical Rhetoric in Theory and Practice (stage 2) 20
Epic Journeys: The Odyssey and Homeric Epic (stage 2) 20
Dreams and Dreaming in the Ancient World 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
Greece from ancient times to the 21st century: Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the past 20
Communication in the Medieval World, from Europe to Asia: Prayer, Poetry, Pictures, and Travel 20
Diversities of Sexuality and Gender in History 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

You will undertake a major research project – a dissertation on a topic of your choosing – for which you will be guided and supervised by an expert member of academic staff.

You will choose further optional modules, with choices including human dissection in antiquity, the life and afterlife of Alexander the Great, Roman Egypt, and the representation of the ancient world in modern cinema.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Dissertation 40
Optional Modules Credits
The Archaeology of Byzantium and its Neighbours 20
Frontier Communities of Roman Britain 20
Archaeologies of the Middle Sea: An Armchair Voyage Across the Prehistoric Mediterranean 20
Food for Thought: Greco-Roman Dining and Sympotic Culture 20
Beginnings in Latin Literature 20
Human Dissection in Antiquity (stage 3) 20
The Ancient Art of Spin: Classical Rhetoric in Theory and Practice (stage 3) 20
Epic Journeys: The Odyssey and Homeric Epic (stage 3) 20
Dreams and Dreaming in the Ancient World 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
Level 3 Greek: Interpretation of Texts 20
Level 2/3 Greek: Special Study Stage 3 20
City of Athens: Power, Society and Culture 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 2 Latin: Special Study Stage 2 20
Level 3 Latin: Interpretation of Texts 20
Level 2/3 Latin: Special Study Stage 3 20
Travelling the Mediterranean: passages from antiquity to modernity 20
Career Development for final year students 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.

Business skills

You'll gain practical skills and experience working with the outstanding Greek, Roman and Etruscan collections and antiquities at the Great North Museum: Hancock.

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 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 a study abroad 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.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.

Read our detailed explanation

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

32-35 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.

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

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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  • 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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