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Classical Civilisation with Philosophy - Q8V5 (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Classical Civilisation with Philosophy at Warwick?

  • Teaching is jointly delivered by the Philosophy and Classics and Ancient History Departments, both of which have a great reputation for teaching, learning and research. Classics and Ancient History was ranked fourth in the UK by both the Guardian University Guide 2016 and The Times University Guide 2015, and Philosophy was ranked first in the Research Excellence Framework for research outputs with 90% of research classed as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
  • The Department of Classics and Ancient History offers a wide choice of modules across the full range of Greek and Roman culture. In addition to studying Greek and/or Latin, you will be able to explore connections between the classical world and the civilisations of Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.
  • In the Philosophy Department the core traditions (e.g. in the works of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume and Kant) are emphasised as a background to understanding and critically interrogating more recent philosophical questions and concerns (as these have arisen in the works of Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Russell, Frege and Wittgenstein, among others).

Dr Michael Scott

Classics and Ancient History

Motunrayo Olaoshun

Classics undergraduate

Dr Stephen Butterfill


What will I learn?

If you are interested in the ancient world and philosophical thought, this degree provides enhanced analytical skills across many contexts and modes of thought. There is flexibility to switch to the Ancient History or Classical Civilisation streams after your first year if you wish.

Teaching is jointly delivered by the Philosophy and Classics Departments and combines the study of Greece and Rome with modern and ancient philosophy. In addition to core modules, you can choose options from both departments as your interests develop. You can also get involved in many extra-curricular activities, such as archaeological excavations over the summer. Attending lectures and tutorials with students from the other classical and philosophical degrees gives you a variety of perspectives on the two subjects and develops a sense of community. Our graduates leave with valuable skills in logical thinking, analysis, written and oral communication, and the ability to work independently and to deadlines.

In your first year you will take introductory modules on the Greek and Roman worlds, ancient philosophy (from its beginnings to Aristotle) and a module in Latin or Greek at the appropriate level. In your second and third years you take one core module in Classics and one in Philosophy, alongside optional modules such as Sex and Gender in Antiquity, Food and Drink in the Ancient Mediterranean, and Epistemology and Metaphysics. In your third year you will write a dissertation, enabling you to explore an area of particular academic interest.

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 to 3 contact hours per week for each module, and will also prepare work independently outside the classroom. Each of your essays will normally be discussed with you in a one-to-one feedback session with the module convenor.

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. 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 divided between essays submitted during the year and exams in the summer (100% exam for language modules). Your second and third years contribute equally to your final degree classification.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

Our Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe, Ancient History and Classical Archaeology with Study in Europe, Classics (Latin) with Study in Europe and Classics (Ancient Greek) with Study in Europe courses enable you to study the Ancient World with a year abroad.

Please note that modules mentioned may change, as they are offered subject to staff availability, demand and timetable restrictions. Please visit the departmental website for more details.

Entry Requirements

A level ABB

International Baccalaureate 34 points

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.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies at A or AS level. Critical thinking only accepted at AS level.

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

Essential Subjects

No essential subjects, although candidates should bear in mind that these degrees involve substantial historical and literary components; most successful applicants will have a high grade in some language, ancient or modern, at GCSE or equivalent.

For English and Latin Literature, Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe, and Classics, see specific degrees.

Further Information

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 main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.


What modules could I study?

In your first year you will take introductory modules on the Greek and Roman worlds, ancient philosophy (from its beginnings to Aristotle) and a module in Latin or Greek at the appropriate level. In your second and third years you take one core module in Classics and one in Philosophy,

Examples of Classics modules could includeCity of Rome; Democracy and Imperialism; Greek Religion; Principles and Methods of Classical Archaeology; Food & Drink in the Ancient Mediterranean; History of Medicine in the Ancient World; Roman Economy; The Roman Empire from Tiberius to Hadrian; Art & Architecture of Asia Minor; Coinage of Greece & Rome; The Transformation of Roman Society under Augustus; Epic & Epyllion; Origins of the Modern Novel; Receptions of Antiquity: East and West; Greek Comedy; Greek Tragedy; Sexuality & Gender in Antiquity.

Find out more about Classics modules 

Examples of Philosophy modules could include Nietzsche in Context; Meaning and Communication; History of Modern Philosophy; Doing Philosophy of Mathematics; Descartes and Mill; Issues in Contemporary Aesthetics; Introduction to Ancient Philosophy; Heidegger's Ontology; Epistemology; Doing Philosophy; Origins of Mind: Philosophical Issues in Cognitive Development and Perception & Cognition.

Find out more about Philosophy modules

This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change, as they are offered subject to staff availability, demand and timetable restrictions. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.


What careers can a Classical Civilisation with Philosophy degree from Warwick lead to?

A degree in a classical discipline will equip you with skills, knowledge and perspectives that can be used in many different areas of employment, opening up a variety of career options. Past graduates have gone on to work in accountancy/financial services, banking, commercial management, exam boards, the fashion industry, journalism, law, librarianship, local government, museum curatorship, HR, the police force, retail, teaching and television.

Graduate destinations include Amnesty International USA, Intern; Ofcom, Standards Officer; Frank PR, Public Relations Consultant; Ernst and Young, Assistant Tax Advisor; Museum of London, Events Coordinator.

To see some of our alumni profiles, visit:

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level: ABB
IB: 34 points


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Department of Classics and Ancient History

Department of Philosophy

Student blogs
Jivan Kandola - Classics and Ancient History

Leyla Hunn - Philosophy

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

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.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.