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. You will explore world literature as well as film and the visual arts from a broad, cross'cultural perspective. You will expand your cultural horizons, and develop skills of comparative analysis which can be applied to countless other areas.

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. Comparative Literature and Culture Year 1: reading European film 1; introduction to comparative textual analysis; a special theme in European culture: the city; introduction to literary genre (tragedy). Year 2: histories of representation; critical and comparative approaches. Optional courses: reading European film 2; a special theme in the novel (transgressions); introduction to 19th' and 20th'century European poetry; gender and clothing in 20th'century literature and culture. Year 3: from aestheticism to the avant'garde; the gothic mode in Spanish and English fiction; trends in contemporary theory; fantasy in medieval and early'modern Europe; transnational cinema; range of optional units.

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

Qualifications required:

  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • SQA Higher AABBB

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84% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 83%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 92%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 53%

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

95% Go on to work and/or study

In work 75
Studying 15
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

12% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 35%

Total Coursework: 62%

Total Practical: 3%

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

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