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Undergraduate courses

Classical Civilisation

Why study at Roehampton

  • Enthusiastic and dedicated staff who offer a high level of support and guidance. (Rated first nationally for our feedback (National Student Survey [NSS] 2013)).
  • 93% of our graduates are satisfied with their experience studying with us (National Student Survey [NSS] 2013).
  • Three week work placement option on an archaeological dig, in a school or at a museum, in the UK or abroad.

One of the most wide-ranging Classics undergraduate programmes in the UK

Our approach opens up a treasury of ancient history, art, literature, myth and language, ranging across classical Athens and Sparta, republican Rome, the Roman Empire and modern representations in film, fiction and painting. Special themes include gender, sexuality, violence, religion and rhetoric.
On this course you will explore classical civilisation in depth with our expert lecturing staff.

Classics 1 Classics 2 Classics 3

Our BA in Classical Civilisation balances vital academic studies for classics and ancient history today with personalised preparation for the 21st-century workplace. This course opens up new possibilities in thinking and writing about the ancient past.

Year-by-year summary

First year

We want to help you develop your identity as a classicist, so right from the beginning you are able to pursue your own, independent project, and to learn new techniques in presenting your material.  In other modules, you explore exciting periods, places and themes, such as mortality and divinity in Euripides, art and the symposium, slavery and freedom in Athens, power and dynasty in Rome, and gender and sexuality in modern artistic receptions. Optional modules include intensive Greek and Latin languages.

Second year

Building on first-year introductions, optional modules expand on aspects of antiquity and its influence on modern culture. A core module comprises a study of classical myths and mythology. You can also choose to continue to study Greek and Latin, take a work placement and go on a study trip to Rome. Please find below further information on the study trip to Rome.

Third year

You write a dissertation on a subject of your choice under the guidance of a supervisor. Optional modules offer specialised topics informed by current staff research.

Recommended reading


  • Beard, M. and Henderson, J. Classics. A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 1995)
  • Blois, L. and Spek, R. van de An Introduction to the Ancient World (Routledge, 1997)
  • Jones, P. Classics in Translation (Duckworth, 1998)

Second year study trip to Rome

‘The Ancient City of Rome’ is a second year module that combines a series of on-campus tutorial and preparation sessions with a study trip to the city of Rome.

The first part of the module will take place on campus and will explore Roman places and artefacts. Students will undertake presentations of relevant archaeological and historical sites, monument and artefacts.

Students will then enhance their knowledge of aspects of ancient and modern Roman history, culture and archaeology through an intensive first-hand experience of the city of Rome. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the urban, artistic, social and religious development during antiquity and also of transformations and discoveries in later periods of history.

Places visited on the study trip to Rome
  • Public monumental areas (the Republican and the Imperial Fora, the Capitolium and the Palatine)
  • Roman buildings (the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus and the Stadium of Diocletian)
  • Religious architecture (the Pantheon, the temple of Hadrian, the Sacred Area of Largo Argentina)
  • Churches (St. Peter, Vatican, Sta Prassede, St. Clemente and Sta. Agnese and the Mausoleum of Sta Constanza)
  • Monuments (the Columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius and the arches of Titus, Septimius Severus and Constantine)
  • Archaeological remains (the Baths of Caracalla and Diocletian, the Trajan Markets, the Crypta Balbi and the underground area of Palazzo Valentini)
  • Museums (Capitoline, Vatican, Museo Nazionale and Centrale Montemartini)
  • Historically significant sites outside Rome (Ostia, Tibur, Palestrina and Cerveteri)

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Example modules

  • Pompeii: The Roman Town and its Modern Reception
  • Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece
  • The Ancient City of Rome – Study Trip to Rome

Career options

Our graduates gain exceptional analytical skills. Past graduates have entered the teaching profession, accountancy, law, management, retail, the charity sector, the armed services and the police force.

UCAS code




BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry tariff

300 points

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General entry requirements »


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3 years (full time); 4-7 years (part time)

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2015; UK/EU) »

£12,000 (2015; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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History [QV81] »

Philosophy [QV85] »

Theology and Religious Studies [QV86] »

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