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Sarah Irving

Whilst doing my Classics degree at Warwick, the one aspect of the course that I appreciated

the most was the flexibility in module choice: I was able to choose Latin and Greek classes to suit my ability, and in second and third year I was given the opportunity to study German in the Language Centre. This was important for me as modern language skills are so sought after by employers. Although my degree mainly focused on literature, I also got the chance to study many differing aspects of Greek and Roman history, culture and archaeology, something which I had never got the chance to learn about at school.

A core module for all students in their final year of their Classics degree is a dissertation. This gives students the chance to undertake independent research on a topic, perhaps inspired by a subject they have previously studied. I took this opportunity to find an area which perhaps might be relevant to a future career in law and I studied the modern legal and ethical issues surrounding the restoration of ancient artefacts. This research led to me presenting a poster on my work at the International Conference for Undergraduate Research 2013, a fantastic experience I would never have had, had the department not encouraged such independent study.

The University of Warwick also offers a vast array of sports clubs and societies to its students. For example, I was very involved in the university’s Swimming and Water Polo club, becoming captain in my final year, and was able to fit attending the training sessions and club socials around my studies.

My interest in the Classical world flourished under the enthusiastic support of my lecturers at Warwick, so much so that I went on to complete further studies in Greek and Roman History at Oxford. I look back on my time at Warwick with a great deal of happiness and would certainly recommend my degree to anyone interested in Classics.

sarah irving