Why study at Roehampton

  • Roehampton is ranked in the top 10 universities in the country for Classics (Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • 96% overall satisfaction on our Classical Civilisation degree (National Student Survey 2017).
  • 91% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education 2016 results).
  • Enthusiastic and dedicated staff teach a range of specialist subjects on the degree, such as gender, sexuality, violence, religion, oratory and rhetoric.
  • This degree provides you with the opportunity to undertake a three-week placement on an archaeological dig or at a school or museum.

This wide-ranging BA Classical Civilisation degree covers classical Athens, republican Rome and modern representations of antiquity in film, literature and painting. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or study trip to Rome.

On this course you will gain an in depth understanding of a wide range of themes and topics in the study of the classical world. You'll read and analyse a considerable number of classical texts, interpret a number of archaeological objects, ancient images and monuments, and gain an appreciation of ancient languages.

You will be introduced to themes, methods and theories in the study of the literature and history of the ancient world as well as exploring works of art from ancient Greece and Rome, looking not only at the objects themselves, but also on the contexts within which they were produced and used.

Myths and mythology is studied throughout the course, exploring the uses of mythological stories, characters and motifs since antiquity right up to the present day. You'll make full use of London's enviable collections of classical material and the range of postclassical receptions around the city with organised trips to the British Museum and Soane Museum. Plus, our own campus acts as a learning resource as it is rich in neoclassical artworks and architecture.

Currently there are options to study ancient Greek and Latin languages, go on a study trip to Rome and take part in an archaeological dig or volunteering in a museum as part of the work placement module.

This course balances the academic study of classics and ancient history today with personalised preparation for the 21st-century workplace - 91% of our BA Classical Civilisation students are in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016 results). You will leave knowing how to identify, select, organise and interpret information, write analytically, develop independent thinking and conduct research-based activity.

Classical Civilisation

In your first year, you'll be able to pursue your own, independent project, and to learn new techniques in presenting your work. In other current modules, you explore exciting periods, places and themes, covering the history, literature, art and archaeology of the ancient world. Optional modules include ancient Greek and Latin languages.

In your second year, we currently offer the opportunity for our students to undertake a study trip to Rome and also work placements, which could see you undertaking research, museum work or documentary-making. You might also study the ancient epics of Homer and Vergil, the history of the Roman emperors or gender and sexuality in ancient art, myth and literature.

In your third year, you could study the Greek Goddess Athena, how ancient Greece and Rome are represented in film or explore politics, oratory, and corruption throughout the bloody period of the Late Republic (133-31 BC). You will study original documents and prepare a dissertation or a special long essay involving independent research under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in the area that interests you.

Here is some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Compulsory Module
Introduction to Classical Civilisation

Optional Modules
Classical Philosophy
Introduction to Classical Art
Introduction to Ancient History
Introduction to Classical Mythology
Introduction to Ancient Literature
Introduction to Ancient Archaeology
Introduction to New Testament Greek
Latin or Ancient Greek Beginner

Year 2

Compulsory Module
Myths and Mythology

Optional Modules
Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece
Homer and the Epic Cycle
Politics, Society and Religion in the Late Roman Empire
The Historical Jesus
Work Placement
Pompeii: The Roman Town and its Modern Reception
Intermediate Latin
The Ancient City of Rome – Study Trip to Rome
Power and the Secrets of the Empire: Rome 31BC-235AD
The Roehampton Campus Project
Medicine, Culture and Society from Ancient to Modern

Year 3

Compulsory Module
Dissertation or Special Essay

Optional Modules
Classics and Cinema
Romans and Barbarians
Violence and Law in Ancient Greece
Merchants and Goods on the Move: Trade in the Roman Empire
Athena the Trickster
Gender and the Body in Classical Art
Cicero and Rome in the Late Republic
The Mahabharata and Indian Epic
The Gospel of John, Myth, and Monotheism
Work Placement 2


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.

What our students say

“I had had the opportunity to push and develop myself, not only in my subject field but also in self-discipline, organisation and commitment, in a way I would not have done in another environment. My course has built on my passions and interests and helped me grow as a person, always greatly supported by my department.”

Cameron Witheridge Pearce, BA Classical Civilisation

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 tariff

120 points

General entry requirements »




3 years (full time)

Tuition fees

£9,250 (2018; UK/EU)»

£13,520 (2018; International)»

Cash scholarships and bursaries available»

Study Abroad

This course offers the opportunity to undertake a semester abroad as part of your degree.

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