BA (Hons) Classical Studies

Classical Studies at Winchester explores the civilisation of ancient Greece and Rome, and its legacy that has fundamentally shaped all later civilisations including that of today. It is a multidisciplinary course blending History, Archaeology, Art, Drama, Literature and Philosophy.

BA (Hons) Classical Studies at University of Winchester

UCAS code: 48N3

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2017 Entry: 104-120 points

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

26 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years)

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years) 

2018 fee's are subject to approval by the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

For further details click here

Additional costs: 


  • Textbooks: In some modules, students are strongly recommended that they purchase one or two books (usually a general textbook or a sourcebook that is used weekly across a module). Cost £150. 
  • Printing: Students may need to pay for poster printing on some modules throughout all years of study. Prices will vary depending on materials, lamination and the amount of students in the group creating the poster. Cost £5 per module.
  • Field trip: Students have to option to attend a week-long History Field trip in Year 2. Costs vary depending on location; based on previous trips the costs have been between £300-£700.
  • Travel: Depending on the chosen topic of students' dissertation, final year students may need to travel to archives. Students will be required to cover any expenses for this trip, and costs will vary depending on location. Cost £0 - £5 per trip. 
  • Placement: Students will have the opportunity to undertake a voluntary placement in their second year of study. The student will be responsible for travel costs, which will vary depending on the choice of placements location (placements normally consist of 10 visits). Cost £0 - £350. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):


Work placement/field trips:

Students have the opportunity to undertake field trips, for example to Fishbourne Roman Palace, and placements, for example, to art galleries and the British Museum.


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


Classical Studies at Winchester has ties with the Classical Association and the Council of University Classical Departments.


Students are welcome to join the student-led Classics Society.

Student satisfaction:

This is a new course and so there are currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**If you are starting your degree in September 2017, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 (Home and EU), £34,800 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

You explore the world of the Greeks and the Romans in both historical and contemporary contexts and so come to a new understanding of the world around us. This knowledge will be enhanced by the multidisciplinary skills and research methods gained from studying through new approaches.

You gain a critical yet empathetic appreciation of world views which differ from our own in both time and space, as well as seeing how our own culture today is influenced by Classical civilisation and culture around and before us.

Study begins by establishing a framework of Classical history, both chronologically and geographically. You are introduced to Classical archaeology, art and architecture (for example temples, sculpture and inscriptions); Classical drama (comedy and tragedy); literature (epics and lyrics); and philosophy (Socrates and Plato). The course explores the nature of each discipline and how each is best studied as the foundation for the rest of the degree. You take a range of modules in Years 2 and 3, including the Depth and Comparative Studies, and Research Skills modules which further develop understanding of the Classical world.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Case Studies I: Sources and Approaches to History
  • Case Studies II: Independent Study Project
  • Introduction to Classical Archaeology
  • Introduction to Classical Art and Architecture 
  • Introduction to Classical Literature
  • Introduction to Classical Theatre

Students choose two optional modules from the following:

  • Introduction to Classical Philosophy
  • Introductory Module: The Classical World 500-31 BC
  • Introductory Module:  Roman Britain
  • Introductory Module: The Origins of Greek Civilisation: from the Aegean Bronze Age to Archaic Greece (XX-VII c. B. C.)
  • Introductory Module: Europe in the High Middle Ages (c. 800 - c. 1200)
  • Introductory Module: Barbarians, Byzantines, and Beyond (AD 400- 814) 

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Reading History
  • Practising History

Optional modules (including one from History Option A, one from History Option B, one from Archaeology, and three from Other Optional Modules) 

History Options A

  • Culture and Society in  5th century Athens 
  • The World of Alexander the Great
  • Greco-Roman Egypt 331-31 B. C. 
  • Culture and Society in Republican Rome 506-44 B. C.
  • Carolingian Renaissance
  • The Vikings and the Frankish World
  • The Investiture Contest
  • Norman Siciliy, ca 1000-1197

History Options B

  • The Symposium: Ancient Greek Drinking Culture
  • Sport & Leisure in Classical Greece and Rome
  • Classical World on Film
  • The Renaissance Court: Power Politics and Patronage
  • The Culture of Neo Classicism
  • Women and Literature in the Classical World


  • Roman Britain
  • Early Roman Empire 
  • Representation and Art in Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Conflict
  • The Archaeology of Religion And Ritual
  • Later Roman & Early Medieval Europe
  • Greek World
  • Exploiting the Greek & Roman Natural World
  • The Archaeology and History of Death



Other optional modules:

  • Introduction to Classical Greek and Latin Language
  • Teaching for Classical Studies
  • Radical Classics
  • The Culture of Neo Classicism
  • Women and Literature in the Classical World
  • Volunteering
  • Roman Britain
  • Early Roman Empire
  • Representation and Art in Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Conflict
  • The Archaeology of Religion And Ritual
  • Later Roman & Early Medieval Europe
  • Greek World 
  • Exploiting the Greek & Roman Natural World
  • The Archaeology and History of Death
  • Value Studies (only one occurrence permitted; selecton varies annually

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods in Classical Studies
  • History and the Public Sphere 

Optional modules (including one History Depth Study and one Archaeology Depth Study):

History Depth Study:

  • Pax Romana
  • Epic Literature
  • Greek Rhetoric: The Sophists and Lysias & Demosthenes

Archaeology Depth Study:

  • The Celts
  • Central Southern England in Roman period
  • Greek Art & Architecture
  • Roman Art & Architecture
  • Byzantium and Beyond


Other optional modules:

  • Reception of the Classical World: Art & Architecture
  • Archaeology of Italy 800 BC - AD 500
  • Advanced Greek and Latin: Text and Translation
  • History Writing in the Classical World
  • Comparative Study: Chivalry
  • Comparative Study: Greek & Roman Comedy Theatre
  • Comparative Study: Murder in the Ancient City 
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Epic
  • Comparative Study: Medieval Hostageships
  • Comparative Study: Gender and Authority in Early Medieval Europe HS37736A/B Comparative Study: Plutarch's Parallel Lives

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right-hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (ie lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of students within the university.

Students become part of a community of students and scholars. All academics pride themselves on the quality of their teaching and their commitment to tapping and developing students' academic potential. Every effort is made to ensure that staff are available to students should advice be required and believe ourselves to be approachable and accessible.

Teaching is student-centred and designed to develop increasingly independent learners as students progress through the three or four years of the degree. A broad foundation at the start of the course sets out the chronology and civilisation of the Classical world and introduces students to the relevant disciplines to study it - art, archaeology, architecture, drama, history, literature and philosophy. These themes are developed thereafter in Year 2, which also explores the legacy of the Classics, and are studied more intensively during Year 3 and 4.

In Year 1, the majority of learning and teaching is delivered through lectures although there are many group discussions and small group learning. During the programme, the emphasis is increasingly placed on the exploration, development and communication of students' own views in seminars and tutorials.

All Classical Studies students are encouraged to take the Winchester Passport. The Winchester Passport rewards students for taking part in activities which develop employability skills. Students typically undertake volunteering or a targeted work placement tailored to student interests.

Key features of the student experience are:

  • The opportunity to undertake the University of Winchester's Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP) which engages students in work with academics on a genuine research project (e.g. categorising inscriptions), so that they engage first-hand in cutting-edge scholarly activity and build vital transferable skills for the future
  • Established exchanges with partner institutions in the USA and Europe
  • Field trips to enhance student's knowledge and understanding with practical experiences
  • Variety of work and volunteer placements to both national and local institutions

Programme Leader

Dr Carey Fleiner, Classical Studies Programme Leader and Lecturer in Classical and Medieval History

Teaching team

Academic staff are principally drawn from the departments of History and Archaeology.

Dr Christina Grande, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology (for Classical Art and Architecture)

Professor Anthony King, Professor of Roman Archaeology

Dr Ryan Lavelle, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History (for the Carolingian Renaissance)

Dr Eoghan Moloney, Senior Lecturer in Classical History

Dr Elena Woodacre, Lecturer in Early Modern History (for Antiquity Revived)

Dr Katherine Weikert, Associate Lecturer in Archaeology and History

Effie Zagari, Part-time Lecturer in Classical History

Other members of staff, across subject areas such as Archaeology, Drama, English, History, Performing Arts and Theology and Religious Studies, contribute to modules.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library 

A range of assessments from traditional exam and essay (ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 words for the Year 2 extended essay in the Independent Study Module) to oral presentations and practical work will be integrated into the programme as students progress. Ultimately, students write a dissertation in the final year (Year 3 or Year 4, depending on if you convert the BA to a MClass). BA and MClass students will sit Depth Studies modules together, each assessed in the module at the level according to their chosen degree.

As such, students are not assessed simply on general knowledge, but their ability to synthesise, analyse and evaluate the materials they have been given. Students are also assessed on the practical skills gained, which will be of advantage in future employment in the work place.

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates work in a wide range of careers within the civil service, local government and social services, business and retail management, law enforcement and the armed forces.


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

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