Classical Studies

Undergraduate degree 

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

Duration:

3 years, or 4 years if opting for the placement year.

Degree Type:

BA (single honours)

Entry Tariff:

Call 0300 303 8320 to find out if you are eligible for this programme in Clearing or visit our Clearing page

112 UCAS points - 2022

UCAS Code:

V901

Study Abroad

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

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Course and Module Details

Overview

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 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.

Modules

Here are some of the varied modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Required Modules
Dictators and Democracies: Ancient and Modern

Optional Modules
Athens: History and Myth
Rome: Epic and Empire
Art and Life in the Ancient World
Ancient Exploration: Europe, Asia, Africa
Classical Philosophy


Year 2

Compulsory Module
Myths and Mythology

Optional Modules
Homer and the Epic Cycle
Applied Humanities: Professional Practice and Placement
Afterlives: Ancient Gods and Heroes in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Medicine, Culture and Society from Ancient to Modern
Historiography in the Footsteps of Herodotus
Classical Antiquity in Modern Museums
The Secrets of the Empire: The Roman Principate

Year 3

Compulsory Module
Dissertation

Optional Modules
Violence and Law in Ancient Greece
Cicero and Rome in the Late Republic
Religion, Gender and Power in Ancient Greece
Nero: The Emperor and his Legacy
Bodies and Identities in Ancient Art
Empires and Geographies of Power in the Pre-Modern Age
Tragedy: Classical, Shakespearean, Cinematic

 

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.

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

For January and September 2022 entry, you can start your application through UCAS. We also have places for September 2021 through Clearing

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.

International (non-EU) students who do not wish to use the UCAS system can apply directly to us using our online application form. This is available to international students only.

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 (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 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.

Yes we will take into account the ongoing disruption and impact that Coronavirus has had on applicants when considering the results of students applying to us.

Please visit our dedicated webpages to read more.

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.

We fully intend to be able to welcome all students to join us on our campus at the start of term in September 2021. However, should students need to, we can allow late enrolment on most of our courses.

We are lucky enough to have London’s most beautiful campus, and are planning to deliver teaching in person at the start of term, but if the situation requires it, we will support you to study remotely online.

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 first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2021, 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:

January 2021

You will be guaranteed University accommodation if:

  • You are a UK undergraduate or postgraduate applicant who has made us your firm choice on UCAS/accepted your place, and made an accommodation application on or before Friday 18 December 2020.
  • You are an International undergraduate or postgraduate applicant who has accepted your place, and made an accommodation application on or before Friday 18 December 2020.

September 2021 entry

You will be guaranteed University accommodation if:

  • You are a UK undergraduate or postgraduate applicant who has made us your firm choice on UCAS/accepted your place, and made an accommodation application on or before 11 June 2021.
  • You are an International undergraduate or postgraduate applicant who has accepted your place, and made an accommodation application on or before 11 June 2021.

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.

 

Placement Year

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

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