Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

You will be studying at a top'ranking languages department with an outstanding research record. We offer excellent quality equipment and dedicated language learning facilities. Classical Studies offers a wide range of options including classical archaeology and ancient philosophy as well as classical literature and ancient history. You will have the opportunity to study Latin and/or Greek at all levels; from beginner's to advanced. You will have the opportunity to benefit from an immersive third year of study spent in a German'speaking environment. You can choose between partner universities such as Heidelberg, Munich and Vienna, teaching placements at German or Austrian schools, or work placements in business or industry.

Course Modules

German Year 1: German language 1; German language 2; reading German literature; truth, language and art: key questions in the humanities; modern Germany (history and society); introduction to comparative textual analysis; the birth of European film or reading European film 1. Year 2: German language 2 (grammar and translation); German language 2 (current affairs); history and politics as reflected in the German cinema from the 1930s to the 1990s; ideals and realities in German drama; narrative strategies in German prose fiction; introduction to modern European philosophy. Year 3: placement year. Year 4: German language 3. Classical Studies Year 1: introduction to Greek literature; introduction to roman literature; introduction to ancient philosophy; Greek history and the city'state; roman history and society (the Julio'Claudians); the birth of Christian Europe; introduction to Greek archaeology; introduction to roman art; materials and methods in classical archaeology. Years 2 and 3: Homer; the tragedy of Euripides; Greek comedy; Herodotus; Plato; Cicero; Lucretius and Virgil; roman historiography; roman satire; Virgil; Ovid; Greek drama; studying ancient myth; ancient literary criticism; roman drama; Greek literature under the roman empire; culture and identity from Nero to Hadrian; gender in classical antiquity; Greek history to 322 bc; Greek law and law courts; Periclean Athens; Egypt in the roman empire; roman Britain; roman army; the city from Augustus to Charlemagne; the philosophy of Aristotle; the dialogues of Plato; stoics, epicureans and sceptics; logic and rhetoric; Neo'Platonism and Christianity; the built environment in classical antiquity; Greek and roman art in context; near eastern art and archaeology; archaeology of the black sea; Pompeii; Athens and Attica; the Greeks overseas; special topics; extended essay.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • SQA Higher

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91% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 87%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 94%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 84%

£19,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

80% Go on to work and/or study

In work 40
Studying 35
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 5
Unknown 15

19% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 46%

Total Coursework: 31%

Total Practical: 23%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation