Classical Civilisation


Apply for this course
Banner - Classical Civilisation

The UCAS application deadline for September 2021 entry has been extended to 6pm on 29 January

Apply now
  • Roehampton is in the top five universities in the country for studying Classics (Guardian University Guide 2020). 
  • 95% of graduates are in work or further study after 6 months (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey 2018)
  • Enthusiastic and dedicated staff teach an exciting range of specialist subjects, such as gender, sexuality, violence, religion, oratory and rhetoric. 
  • You’ll get the chance to spend three weeks on an archaeological dig, or at a school or museum. 


Learn about classical Athens, republican Rome and the representations of antiquity in modern media on our wide-ranging BA Classical Civilisation. You will also have the opportunity to go on a work placement or study trip. 

If you are interested in studying the classical world, and building a range of valuable skills for your career, this degree is a strong option.  

You will gain in-depth understanding of a wide range of themes and topics, read and analyse classical texts, interpret archaeological objects, ancient images and monuments, and gain a good appreciation of ancient languages. 

The course covers the themes, methods and theories in the study of the literature and history of the ancient world, as well as in works of art from ancient Greece and Rome, looking not only at the objects themselves, but also the contexts within which they were produced and used. 

Delving into myths and mythology, you’ll learn about the uses of mythological stories, characters and motifs since antiquity right up to the present day.  

You'll also make full use of London's enviable collections of classical material, and the range of postclassical receptions around the city, with organised trips to places like the British Museum and Soane Museum. Plus, our own campus acts as a learning resource with its many neoclassical artworks and architecture there for you to explore. 

Currently, there are options to study ancient Greek and Latin languages, go on a study trip, take part in an archaeological dig, or volunteer in a museum. 

This course balances the academic study of classics and ancient history today, with personalised preparation for the 21st-century workplace; 95% of our BA Classical Civilisation students are in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2018 results).  

You will leave knowing how to identify, select, organise and interpret information, write analytically,think independently, and conduct your own research. 

Year one 

  • Study the literature and history of ancient Athens and Rome, and learn new techniques in presenting your work.  
  • Explore the ancient Mediterranean, as well as the archaeology and physical remains of Roman Britain.  
  • Dive into Classical Philosophy or choose to study ancient Greek or Latin languages. 

Year two 

  • Study ancient myths and mythology.  
  • Go on a study trip abroad or a work placement, which could see you undertaking research, museum work or documentary-making.  
  • Choose to study the ancient epics of Homer, the history of the Roman emperors, or love and sexuality in ancient literature. 

Year three 

  • Study ancient Greek tragedy in depth, consider the impact of gender and power on religion in ancient Greece, or explore politics, oratory, and corruption throughout the bloody period of the Late Republic.  
  • Prepare a dissertation involving independent research under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in the area that interests you.

Here are some of the varied modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Compulsory Modules
Athens: History and Myth
Rome: Epic and Empire
Ancient Exploration: Europe, Asia, Africa

Optional Modules
Classical Philosophy
Sites, Objects and Images in Roman Britain
Art and Life in the Ancient World
Latin or Ancient Greek Beginner

Year 2

Compulsory Module
Myths and Mythology

Optional Modules
Study Trip Abroad
The Power and the Secrets of the Empire: Rome 31BC-235AD
Politics and Religion in Late Graeco-Roman Society
Love and Sexuality in Ancient Poetry
Museums in London
Intermediate Latin
The Historical Jesus
Afterlives: Ancient Gods and Heroes in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Homer and the Epic Cycle
Professional Practice and Placement >Historiography in the Footsteps of Herodotus

Year 3

Compulsory Module

Optional Modules
Romans and Barbarians
Classical Greek Tragedy – the Electra Story
Religion, Gender and Power in Ancient Greece
Violence and Law in Ancient Greece
Merchants and Goods on the Move: Trade in the Roman Empire
Gender and the Body in Classical Art
Cicero and Rome in the Late Republic
Nero: The Emperor and his Legacy
Classical Languages: Special Author
The Gospel of John, Myth and Monotheism


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Armed with this degree, you can confidently move into a wide range of fields, including museums, marketing, teaching, law, management, and the charity sector. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.  

Chat to our students

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.