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Classical Civilisation (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)


What will I learn?

This course will appeal if you have a broad interest in all aspects of the ancient world, including Greek and Roman culture, history, philosophy and languages. There is flexibility to switch to the Ancient History stream after your first year if you discover that this is where your interests lie.

The course offers many hands-on learning experiences, which will develop your skills in critical, analytical and creative thinking. Recently our students visited historical sites in Rome during the optional City of Rome module, participated in live video conferencing with Monash University (Australia) in our Democracy and Imperialism module, completed a digital storytelling project for the Hellenistic World module and recreated the experience of a Greek symposium using replica vases in Greek Culture and Society. You may also have the opportunity to participate in an archaeological excavation either in the UK or abroad during the summer.

Our graduates develop valuable transferable skills in analysis, logic, written and oral communication, and acquire the ability to work independently, to meet deadlines and to pay attention to detail.

In your first year you will take four core modules, which introduce different aspects of the classical world, and are designed to develop your skills in writing, language learning, close analysis and independent research. There is a wide choice of modules available to second and third years – current options include Principles and Methods of Classical Archaeology, Food & Drink in the Ancient Mediterranean, Ancient Greek Theatre, Roman Laughter; Wit & Transgression in Roman Literature and Thought and History of Medicine – plus one core module in each year. In your second year, the core module is The Hellenistic World. In your third year, it is a dissertation on a topic of your choice, allowing you to explore an area of particular interest in greater detail.

How will I learn?

You will study in a variety of ways: lectures, seminars (involving student presentations or small-group discussion of a particular topic) and (in your final year) by completing a dissertation on a topic of your choice, with guidance from your departmental supervisor.

You will have 2–3 contact hours per week for each module, and will also prepare work independently outside the classroom. Each of your essays will receive detailed written feedback and will also be discussed with you in a one-to-one feedback session with the marker of the essay.

All our degrees involve core modules in the first year. In subsequent years, you build on what you have learnt through a choice of modules, which allow you to engage in your own way with the civilisation of the Ancient Mediterranean. Regardless of your chosen degree, you are required to complete at least one module in an ancient language in your first year.

How will I be assessed?

You will take four modules each year, the assessment of which is generally equally divided between coursework submitted during the year and exams in the summer (100% exam for language modules). Some modules involve alternative assessment methods including digital storytelling videos, blog posts and presentations. Your second and third years (or second and fourth years for Study in Europe degrees) contribute equally to your final degree classification.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

Our Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe degree enables you to spend your third year studying classical subjects in Italian at one of our partner universities (currently in Venice, Rome, Bologna or Padua) and then return for your final year at Warwick.

The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department's dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

  • Entry Requirements

  • A level ABB, to include grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent)

  • International Baccalaureate 34 points, to include grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent)

    Contextual data and differential offers Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA- recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

    Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP): All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

    Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

    General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking at A or AS level.

    Essential Subjects Grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent). No further essential subjects are required, although candidates should bear in mind that this degree involves substantial historical and literary components; most successful applicants will have a high grade in some language, ancient or modern, at GCSE or equivalent.

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

  • Departmental Open Days Every applicant who receives an offer is invited to attend one of the Departmental Open Days. Find out more about our Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules can I study?

In your first year, core modules include Roman Culture and Society, and Greek Culture and Society, and are designed to develop your skills in writing, language learning, close analysis and independent research. There is a wide choice of modules available to second and third years – current options include Principles and Methods of Classical Archaeology, Food & Drink in the Ancient Mediterranean, Politics and Poetics in Greek and Latin Literature and Ancient Greek Theatre, Roman Laughter: Wit & Transgression in Roman Literature and Thought, Sex and Gender in Antiquity – plus one core module in each year.

Find out more about our modules and the course structure.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

What careers can a Warwick degree in Classical Civilisation lead to?

We see it as an imperative to equip you with the skills and capability to adapt to a workplace which is increasingly affected by accelerated social and technological change. Earlier this year (2017), Warwick was ranked the most targeted University by the UK’s Top 100 Graduate Employers.* We invite nearly 300 leading employers to campus each year, ensuring that our students have the opportunity to meet employers at careers fairs, employer presentations or sector-specific events. The most recent figures show that 100% of first degree graduates from across the department had secured employment or further study six months after graduation.

Graduates from the department have gone on to successful and distinguished careers in a diverse range of fields. These include: Law, Teaching, Academia, Civil Service, Theatre, Banking, Marketing and Communications.

The multi-disciplinary nature of the degree means that our students develop a broad skillset which includes advanced analytical skills, honed written and verbal communication skills, a thirst for critical evaluation and an awareness of divergent perspectives.

To see some of our alumni profiles, visit:

* The Graduate Market in 2017, High Fliers Research Ltd

Essential information

Entry Requirements

A level: ABB, to include grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).

IB: 34 points, to include grade C/grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Department of Classics and Ancient History

Student blog
Jivan Kandola - Classical Civilisation

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Other course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.

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