Classical Studies Undergraduate degree

  Course also available with Foundation Year
Classical Studies

Learn about classical Athens, ancient Rome and the representations of antiquity in modern media on our wide-ranging BA Classical Studies.

Start Date:

September 2022

Entry Tariff:

Year 1 entry: 96–112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Foundation Year entry: 48 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Degree Type:

BA (single honours)


3 years (full-time)

4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year

4 years (full-time) if opting for Foundation Year entry

UCAS Code:


V902 (if choosing Foundation Year)

Entry tariff:

Year 1 entry: 96–112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

We welcome applications from students studying T-Levels.

For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience. Contact us to find out more.

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements. Find out more about our Contextual Offer scheme.

General entry requirements:

UK students

Undergraduate On-Campus Open Day

Saturday 9 July 2022

Course and Module Details


Are you starting this course in September 2022? Visit the offer-holder pages here for more insight into the subject and the people who teach it.

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

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 an 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. 

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 Studies 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. 

Schedule by year of study

Year one 

Study the  history, literature and politics of ancient Athens and Rome, and learn new techniques in presenting your work.  
Explore the ancient Mediterranean and read the writings of ancient adventurers who travelled the seas.
Dive into classical philosophy and study works of art from ancient Greece and Rome, as well as North Africa, the Middle East and the Black Sea region.

Year two 

Study ancient myths and learn about the reception of classical mythology in the middle ages and renaissance.
Analyse the works of ancient historians such as Herodotus, Thucydides and Tacitus, and study the history of the Roman emperors.
Read the ancient epics of Homer, as well as the love poetry of Sappho, Catullus, Ovid and others.
Go on a work placement, which could see you undertaking research, museum work or documentary-making.  

Year three 

Develop your own area of research interest by writing a dissertation with the support of specialist tutors.
Study ancient Greek tragedy, consider the impact of gender and power on religion in ancient Greece, or debate violence and law in classical Athens.
Explore politics, oratory, and corruption throughout the bloody period of the Late Republic or study the emperor Nero and his legacy.

Placement Year

This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.

Why take a placement?

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.

How we support you

The University’s Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.

Find out more about how we'll support you  

We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme. 

Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.



These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.

Foundation Year

This course is offered as a degree with foundation year -  a four-year programme which provides an additional foundation year at the beginning of the degree, that will give you academic and practical experience, as well as the skills you need to ensure you are equipped to successfully complete your chosen degree.

Find out more about our degrees with a foundation year  

Start date:

September 2022

Entry tariff:

Foundation Year entry: 48 UCAS points (or equivalent)

UCAS Code:




The following modules form the foundation year of this degree.


These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.

Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International Placement year
£9,250 £15,000 £925

Study Abroad

This course has the option of studying abroad as part of your degree in your second semester of second year.

With Roehampton Abroad scholarships of up to £1,000 and Turing Scheme funding available, you could spend a semester at one of our partner universities across the globe, with destinations including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

Find out more about where your degree could take you here.

Career Options

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.  

How to apply

Undergraduate programmes

How to join us in September 2022

We are still accepting applications for our courses for September 2022 and have vacancies. Contact us if you have any questions, or apply using the links above.

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.

Application process FAQs


If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!

This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.

When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.

Contact us directly if you have any questions.

The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.

Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.

If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.

If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.

You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.

Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.

Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.

No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.

There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.

If you are a international student, you can apply direct using our online application form.

Details of support we provide for international students, and useful information about the application process, are available on our international web pages.

No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.

If you do not receive any offers from your initial UCAS application, you can make additional choices through UCAS Extra in the Spring term. You will be sent details of UCAS Extra if you are eligible.

If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2020. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020.

If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.

You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.

If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.

If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.

If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.

Once you have applied through UCAS you will be able to follow the progress of each of your applications by using UCAS Track.

You can also contact us directly to find out the status of your application with us.

If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:

Conditional Offers

This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.

Unconditional offers

An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.

If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.

If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.

Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.

If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.

If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.

We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.

The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.

Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.

If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.

If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2022, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.

Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:

  • you have applied this year but have not gained a place
  • you have declined your offers
  • you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.

Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.

You can find more information on our financial support pages.

Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.

Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.

We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university,  into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.

UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.


Our Alumni

Laura Newby

Class of 2014: BA Classical Civilisation

A trip to Rome aged 14 with her father was the initial inspiration behind Laura Newby's decision to study classical civilisation, a decision which she now considers among the best she ever made.

After graduating from Roehampton in 2014 with a first class degree, Laura took a gap year to think about her career while volunteering as a guide with English Heritage at a country estate, and then took off travelling.  On her return, she secured her first 'proper' job in a marketing role for a charity in London, where she co-ordinated a nationwide fundraising event.

After two and a half years Laura had gained enough experience to secure a job as a marketing executive at the prestigious Cambridge University Press & Assessment, working in the higher education team. Recently promoted to Product Manager, her current role is to explore new opportunities within the company’s range of E-books, which includes working on a number of classics publications.

Laura is convinced that her degree, although focused on ancient Greece and Rome, gave her a distinct competitive edge in the modern job market. She recognises that the skill of presenting facts, ideas and arguments concisely and with clarity is as relevant to her today as it was in her student days. Classics also requires you to work simultaneously across a broad range of topics, time periods and ways of thinking, instilling multi-tasking skills that are essential for success in business.

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Aaron Skepple

Class of 2011: History and Classical Civilisation

Aaron started his degree at Roehampton in 2008, where he spent two of his three years living on campus. Originally from Peckham, he attended a local secondary school where he was first drawn to teaching; he wanted to understand how strong teaching and leadership in urban schools can transform the life chances of its students. His interest was further heightened by the work placement module he took at Roehampton, where he spent a term working in a primary school.

After graduating from Roehampton, Aaron got a job as a pastoral lead in a Kent secondary, a job which he loved, but then opted to enrol on a PGCE to become a qualified teacher.  His first teaching job at a grammar school in Kent went so well that he was soon a Head of Department, and shortly after that Head of Faculty. A move back to central London followed where he was quickly promoted to Assistant Principal.

In 2020 Aaron made the decision to become a teaching and learning consultant and joined a multi-academy trust, which runs over 50 academies. He still retains a small teaching timetable, but his wider consultant's role involves, for example, supporting Heads of Department and Senior Leaders in their curriculum design, coaching, teacher training and liaising with exam boards about history qualifications. And on top of that he is enrolled on a master's degree at Oxford University in learning and teaching. Looking forward, Aaron's career aspirations include embarking on a PhD in the field of educational leadership and eventually becoming a head teacher.

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Our Students

Rebecca Dillon

BA Ancient History (now Classical Studies) class of 2018
MRes Classical Research class of 2019

"I decided to study Classics from scratch"

At college I really enjoyed history, so when it was time to look at university courses I thought about looking into Ancient History, as I was interested in Pompeii, and the ‘Percy Jackson’ series by Rick Riordan. I attended an open day at Roehampton and learnt that I didn’t need any classics background to start this degree as the first year would be suitable for all students. Despite this, once enrolled I was still a bit nervous surrounded by people who knew more than me. However instead of being put off, I felt the need to push through and learn more, and I found myself looking everywhere and drinking in information about the Greeks and Romans. Why did that author feel the need to write about that period? Why did the ancient Greeks not view this the way we do now, or differently from the Romans?

I graduated in June 2018 with a first-class honours degree and the Classics prize for contribution to the programme. I stayed on to continue my studies as an MRes (Master’s by Research) student in Classical Research and graduated with distinction in 2019. I chose to stay at Roehampton because of the support I received from staff throughout my undergraduate degree, and I knew that I would be able to succeed in writing my research project with their support.

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Doing all we can to support our students' lives 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.

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