Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

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. Take your Italian skills and knowledge to the next level with one of the most experienced and largest departments of Italian in the UK, dating back to the foundation of Bedford College in 1849. The School of Modern Languages offers excellent quality equipment and dedicated language learning facilities. You will spend a year in Italy and can choose to study at university, be a teaching assistant or go on a work placement.

Course Modules

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. Italian Year 1: intensive Italian for beginners or advanced Italian; the heritage of Dante and the renaissance; building the Italian nation: heroes and anti'heroes from Pinocchio to the leopard; fascist Italy. Year 2: advanced Italian 2 or advanced Italian 2 for post beginners. Optional courses: Dante's comedy (themes and ideas); post'war Italian cinema; renaissance transgressions (Aretino, Cellini, Bruno); Italian crime fiction; Boccaccio'Decameron. Year 3: placement year. Year 4: advanced oral and communication skills; advanced Italian 3 (translation from and into Italian); essay in Italian; Dante (the divine comedy, Paradiso); of women, knights, weapons and loves: the Italian chivalric tradition; shooting history (dictatorship, terror and crime in Italian film); Italian fashion and design; link essays; approved topic; from aestheticism to the avant'garde.

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

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • Course specific
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • SQA Higher AABBB

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93% 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 89%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 62%

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

84% Go on to work and/or study

In work 57
Studying 23
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 9
Unknown 8

17% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 54%

Total Coursework: 26%

Total Practical: 20%

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

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