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Classical Civilisation (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, ABB, IB 34

This wide-ranging, flexible degree is devoted to the study of the literature, history, philosophy, languages, art and archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

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The course allows you to choose from a wide range of topics - such as gender and sexuality in antiquity, democracy and imperialism, ancient global history, Roman laughter, or the history of medicine - and to develop skills in literary criticism and historical analysis as well as in theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches to the ancient world.

Teaching is varied, innovative and interactive, and our students benefit from many hands-on learning experiences, including recreating the experience of a Greek symposium, visiting historical sites and museums in the UK. You can also join the Classics Society and take part in our annual classical play, which is staged at a professional theatre and played to public audiences of over a thousand people. You'll take either Latin or Ancient Greek in your first year, and study four modules per year.

All our degrees involve core modules in your 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. You are required to complete one module in an ancient language in your first year.

Second and final year students may take one 30-CAT module or two 15-CAT modules from outside the department (e.g. from the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning or another academic dept) in place of an optional module.

You will study Classical Civilisation in a variety of ways – through lectures, seminars, and language classes, and, in your final year, through a dissertation on a topic of your own choice, with guidance from your departmental supervisor.

Contact hours

You'll take four modules, each with 2-3 contact hours per week (more for your language module/s).

Class size

Class sizes vary from 6 to 80. Honours modules are capped at 60.

You will take four modules each year, the assessment of which is generally equally divided between essays submitted during the year and exams in the summer (100% exam for language modules). Your second and final years contribute equally to your final degree classification.

On our Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe degree you will 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.

Alternatively, you may choose to spend a year at our partner university of Monash, Australia, at the end of your second year. 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.

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

IB 34 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, and grade C in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent.
  • 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 website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Greek Culture and Society or Roman Culture and Society

  • Latin or Ancient Greek at an appropriate level

  • Introduction to Greek and Roman History or Reason, Argument and Analysis + Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

Year 2
  • Hellenistic World
Year 3
  • Dissertation
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Sexuality and Gender in Antiquity; Roman Laughter; The Roman Empire from Tiberius to Hadrian; Ancient Global History; Politics and Poetics in Greek and Roman Literature; The Vulnerable Body in Roman Literature and Thought; Democracy and Imperialism; Rhetorics; The History of Medicine; Receptions of Antiquity, East and West; The Transformation of Roman Society under Augustus.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: EY (formerly Ernst and Young), Amnesty International USA, Museum of London, Ofcom, Civil Service, Marks & Spencer, GlaxoSmithKline, Oxford University Press, Cancer Research UK.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Events Co-ordinator, Public Relations Consultant, Tax Advisor, Digital Editorial Assistant, Trainee Police Officer, Data Analyst. Others have chosen to pursue postgraduate study.

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

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


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time

4-10 years part time - find out more about the part time course

Start Date
24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Possible costs are estimated as follows:

Year One: £50 textbooks + £15 trip

Year Two: £120 textbooks, £20 trip

Year Four: £25 printing/binding of dissertation, £120 textbooks, £20 trip

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe
Ancient History and Classical Archaeology
Ancient History and Classical Archaeology with Study in Europe
Classics (Ancient Greek) with Study in Europe
Classics (Latin) with Study in Europe
Classics and English
Italian and Classics