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Postgraduate courses

Classical Civilisation

Why study at Roehampton

  • Roehampton is ranked in the top 20 universities in the country for Classics (Guardian University Guide 2016).
  • Enthusiastic and dedicated staff offering a range of specialist subjects such as gender, sexuality, violence, religion, oratory and rhetoric.
  • Three-week placement on an archaeological dig or at a school or museum.
  • Roehampton is the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014). 

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

We offer one of the most wide-ranging classical civilisation courses to explore this subject in depth, and gain skills highly prized by employers. Pick from modules covering ancient history, art and literature, myth and language. Study these topics across classical Athens and Sparta, republican Rome and in modern representations in film, literature and painting. You will also have the chance to undertake a work placement or study abroad in Rome.

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Classical Civilisation

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 and the work placement module.

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 and work placements

‘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. Whilst in Rome you will visit public monumental areas such as the Capitolium and the Palatine, and Churches such as St. Peter and the Vatican. You will also venture outside of Rome, visiting places such as Ostia, Tibur, Palestrina and Cerveteri. 

In addition to studying overseas you will have the opportunity to combine your academic learning with practical experience on the work placement module. The module aims to enable you to develop your skills in critical, historical and visual analysis and interpretation with the aim of transferring and applying those skills to your chosen area of employment.

Here’s what some of our current students had to say about their work placements:

“My work placement was in Hitchin and Letchworth museum. I was asked by my manager, the local council archaeologist, to research a Saxon pot that had recently been found but hadn’t been identified. As a result I may get quoted in his research paper”. Isobel Murray, Classic Civilisation student

“I did my work placement as the museum of Somerset in Taunton. I got to try lots of different roles, but what I really enjoyed was the front of house work, where I got to communicate with the public. The work placement has helped me decide that when I leave university I want to go into a marketing/communications role”. Madeline Lukes, Classic Civilisation student

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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

You can work in a wide range of fields including marketing, teaching, law, management, the charity sector, the armed services and the police.

UCAS code




BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements »

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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