Classical Studies (extended degree)

Undergraduate Extended Degree

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This course is suspended for September 2021 entry

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  • Roehampton is ranked in the top 5 universities in the country for Classics (Guardian University Guide 2019).
  • 96% overall satisfaction with our Classical Civilisation degree (National Student Survey 2017).
  • 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.

The extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Classical Civilisation at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

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.

Myth 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, go on a study trip 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.

During the foundation year, you will take modules in communication which will develop your core academic and study skills.
The syllabus includes a year-long module, Adventures in Humanities, which will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Ancient History. It is taught in weekly three hour sessions and you will attend lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, film screenings and field trips.
In your first year, you'll be able to pursue your own, independent project, and learn new techniques in presenting your work. In other modules, you will explore exciting periods, places and themes, covering the history, literature, art and archaeology of the ancient world.

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, the representation of ancient Greece and Rome in film, or politics, oratory, and corruption throughout the bloody period of the Late Roman 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:

Foundation Year

Communication for Academic Purposes 1
Communication for Academic Purposes 2
Disciplinary Investigations
Adventures in Humanities 1
Adventures in Humanities 2
Literary Forms: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction

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.

Graduates gain skills that can be used in a wide range of fields including marketing, teaching, law, management, the charity sector, the armed services and the police.

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.

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