Why study Classics at Warwick?
- Our flexible degree programmes offer a wide choice of modules across the full range of Greek and Roman culture. In addition to studying Greek and/or Latin and Italian, you will be able to explore connections between the classical world and the civilisations of Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. During your study in Europe year, you will be exposed to a range of ancient world modules taught by your host university.
- We have a strong staff-to-student ratio, meaning you will have regular one-on-one contact with academics in a friendly, supportive environment. We received a 97% student satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey 2014.
- Our Classics and Ancient History department was ranked fourth in the UK by both the Guardian University Guide 2016 and The Times University Guide 2015. We pride ourselves on our innovative and flexible teaching, which uses cutting-edge techniques and technologies. We also offer hands-on learning with regular trips to museums and classical sites.
Dr Michael Scott
Classics and Ancient History
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This course will enable you to pursue your interest in the history and archaeology of the ancient world, with the possibility of obtaining excavation experience within the UK or abroad during the summer. There is flexibility to switch to the Classical Civilisation stream after your first year if you discover that this is where your interests lie.
You will benefit from many hands-on learning experiences, including handling authentic ancient coins, recreating the experience of a Greek symposium using replica vases, and visiting and visiting historical sites and museums in the UK.
You will have the opportunity to study topics such as how the Greeks developed political processes, ethical values and intellectual methods, and to examine Greek art and architecture. You will gain skills in analysis, logic, written and oral communication, and research skills, as well as the ability to work independently, to meet deadlines and to pay attention to detail.
In your first year you take modules on Introduction to Greek and Roman history, Roman or Greek Culture and Society, Latin or Greek, and accelerated Italian, and in your second year you take two core modules (Italian and The Hellenistic World), and two further modules of your choice. You will spend your third year studying classical subjects in Italian at one of our partner universities in Venice, Rome, Padua or Bologna and then return for your final year at Warwick.
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 be discussed with you in a one-to-one feedback session with the first marker of the essay.
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 equally divided between essays submitted during the year and exams in the summer (100% exam for language modules). Your second and fourth years contribute equally to your final degree classification.
On any of the Study in Europe degrees you must obtain an overall 2.1 (60-69) average profile at the end of the first year to be allowed to continue with this degree, and a mark of 56+ in the Italian language module must be achieved. If you don't attain the necessary results, you will revert to the standard form of the degree (ie Classics, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History and Classical Archaeology) and not be allowed to take the Erasmus year abroad.
While on your Erasmus year abroad, you have to pass the exams taken at the local university, but the actual % mark does not currently count towards your final degree classification. If you fail to pass the local university exams, on your return to Warwick, you will change degree course back to your respective course without Study in Europe, and the degree transcript will not give credit for the 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.
A level ABB, to include a foreign language (modern or ancient) or evidence of ability to learn Italian
International Baccalaureate 34 points, to include a foreign language (modern or ancient) or evidence of ability to learn Italian
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 at A or AS level.
In the absence of a foreign language (modern or ancient) at A Level, we will look for evidence of your ability to learn Italian in two years so that you can study Ancient History and Classical Archaeology in Italian in your third year. Candidates should bear in mind that these degrees involve substantial historical and literary components.
** Selection of this stream at the time of application is considered an indicator of future interest only, and is not binding.
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?
First year modules include Greek Culture and Society or Roman Culture and Society; Introduction to Greek and Roman History; Latin or Greek and Italian. Core modules in second year include Hellenistic World and Italian, followed by a dissertation in the fourth year.
Examples of optional modules could include City 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; Transformations 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 and Humanism and early modern Latin texts.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
What can a Warwick degree in Classics 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: www.warwick.ac.uk/classicsperspectives
A level: ABB, to include a modern or ancient
IB: 34 points, to include a modern or ancient language
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad
Department of Classics and Ancient History
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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.