Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Classical studies allows you to explore and critically analyse aspects of classical culture, history, philosophy and literature. You may study the culture and history of Greek and Roman societies across the Mediterranean and Near East, from the archaic period to the Roman imperial period, and the reception of classical culture in later periods of history.

You will also be encouraged to engage in wider debate on how we interpret the classical world and why this matters - debate that is at the forefront of current research in all disciplines of classical antiquity.

The BA Classical Studies is a structured programme of taught modules, designed to develop understanding and critical skills, and a deep knowledge of classical language and culture. It involves examining the nature of our knowledge about the past and the way in which histories and texts are written. We encourage you to assess ancient source material (textual and archaeological) and to question accepted histories and traditions about the past, so that you will develop the ability to construct and present a convincing argument. The course includes a wide variety of options across a large historical span, from the Ancient Greek world to the history of Late Antiquity.

At Birkbeck we are firm believers that the study of the classical world should be accessible to all, which is why for the classical studies programme we require no prior knowledge of either Greek or Latin. If you are a beginner, you will take at least one module in either Greek or Latin at beginner level, and will have the opportunity to develop your language skills over the duration of your degree.

**Highlights**

- Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.

- Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is a world-renowned centre of original, influential research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. 94% of our eligible staff submitted research and we achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.

- Our wide-ranging programmes encompass fascinating periods and areas of study, from human prehistory through to classical civilisation, the medieval and early modern periods, and on to twenty-first-century history, politics and international relations.

- The Department is home to thriving student societies and a number of affiliated research centres that actively run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.

Course Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Start Date:

10/2020

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £13,675 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £6,935 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £6,935 European Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £10,275 Overseas Fees