MClass (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.

MClass (Hons) Classical Studies at University of Winchester

Please note this course is only available for 2016 entry

UCAS code: 03D4

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2016 Entry: 260-300 points

Degree duration: 

4 years full-time; 8 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

2016 Entry Full-time £9,000 p/a
Part-Time £1,125 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will not exceed the government permitted rate of £6,750.
Total Cost £36,000 (4 years) 

International Students

2016 Entry Full-time £11,300 p/a
Part-Time £1,410 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year.
Total Cost £45,200 (4 years)

For further details click here

Additional costs:

Optional week-long History Fieldtrip in Year 2 - costs vary depending on location, based on previous trips the costs have been between £300-700.

Optional History Volunteering Placement in Year 2 incurs travel costs and placements normally consist of 12 visits. The travel costs will vary depending on the choice of placement location.

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.

Students may wish to pursue the three year BA (Hons) Classical Studies pathway or the four year MClass (Hons) Classical Studies pathway.

The programme appeals to a wide audience of students interested in the Classical past, especially in cultural and intellectual history. The course incorporates subjects in History, Archaeology, Art and Architecture, Literature and Language, Drama, Philosophy and Theology. Students 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.

Students gain a critical, yet empathetic, appreciation of worldviews 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. Whether students' interests are in history, archaeology or intellectual and cultural history, they will gain a deeper understanding, appreciation and awareness from the integrated approach offered by this degree programme at the University of Winchester.

Study begins by establishing a framework of Classical history, both chronologically and geographically. Students 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. Classical languages are introduced in Year 2.

Students take a range of modules in Years 2, 3 and 4 such as Civilisation, Theme, Depth and Comparative Studies that further develop understanding of the Classical world.

Theme Studies explore continuity and change in the Roman household or depictions of the Classical World on film. Civilisation Studies explore one subperiod (for example, Fifth Century Athens), covering mythology and drama, democracy and war. Students take two Depth Studies that establish a comprehensive knowledge of a particular period through primary and secondary sources. The Comparative Studies explore the Classical legacy in art and literature in subsequent centuries.

The two culminations of the degree are the dissertation in Year 3 and the summative paper paving the way for more advanced research in Year 4.

Year 1

  • Reading and Writing History
  • Introduction to Classical Archaeology
  • Introduction to Classical Art and Architecture
  • Introduction to Classical Literature
  • Introduction to Classical Philosophy
  • Introduction to Classical Theatre

Optional modules:

  • The Classical World (500-31BC)
  • Roman Britain
  • The Roman Empire (c44BC-AD476)
  • Barbarians, Byzantines and Beyond (AD400-1050)

Year 2

  • Past Historians and Current Practice
  • Independent Study Module

Students may choose from a range of optional modules (including one Civilisation Study, one Theme Study, one
Archaeology module) from the lists below:

Civilisation Study:

  • Carolingian Renaissance
  • Culture and Society in the Early Roman Empire
  • Culture and Society in 5th Century Athens
  • Byzantium in the Age of Justinian and Theodora (572-565CE)

Theme Study:

  • Sport and Athletics in the Ancient World
  • The Roman Household
  • Classical World on Film
  • Neo-Platonism


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

Other optional modules include:

  • Radical Classics
  • Volunteering
  • Group Project
  • Field Trip
  • Teaching for Classical Studies
  • Introduction to Classical Greek and Latin Language
  • The Culture of Neo Classicism
  • Women and Literature in the Classical World

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods in Classical Studies
  • Reflecting on History

Students may choose from a range of optional modules (including one History Depth Study and one Archaeology Depth Study) from the lists below:

History Depth Study:

  • Pax Romana
  • The Carolingians
  • The Ancient Greeks: War and Honour I and II

Archaeology Depth Study:

  • The Celts
  • Central Southern England in Roman period
  • Greek Art and Architecture;
  • Roman Art and Architecture;
  • Byzantium and Beyond
  • Reception of the Classical World: Art and Architecture

Other optional modules include:

  • Advanced Greek and Latin: Text and Translation
  • History Writing in the Classical World
  • Antiquity Revived
  • Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre

Year 4

  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Summative Paper

Students may choose from a range of optional modules not previously taken in Year 3/Level 6 (including a matching pair of History Special Study modules, one Archaeology Special Study and one Comparative Study) from the lists below:

History Special Study:

  • Pax Romana
  • The Carolingians
  • The Ancient Greeks: War and Honour I and II

Archaeology Special Study:

  • The Celts
  • Central Southern England in Roman period
  • Greek Art and Architecture
  • Roman Art and Architecture
  • Byzantium and Beyond Comparative Study:
  • Reception of the Classical World: Art and Architecture
  • Antiquity Revived
  • Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre
  • Greek and Roman Religion

Other optional modules include:

  • Special Study Greek and Latin
  • Translation

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 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

Teaching team

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

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

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.

Attendance regulations

If a student attends less than 25% of a module (three out of three classes) and no extenuating circumstances apply, marks will be capped at 40%.

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.

Classical Studies has had an impact on social, cultural, economic and political developments among scholars, scientists, politicians and philosophical and religious leaders for centuries. Students of Classics develop perspective on patterns of change and continuity as well as an understanding of the influence of Classical thought and history on wider political, economic and social and intellectual trends; this allows Classics graduates to develop both a grounded and rounded outlook on life.

The benefits of studying Classics include the capacity to write to a range of different formats and for a range of different disciplines; the capacity to apply the approaches, skills and conventions appropriate to a range of different disciplines; oral communication to a range of audiences; bibliographical skills, including the critical use of electronic sources and the internet; the capacity to respond to correction and direction and to critically review one's own work; and the capacity to work both in teams and independently.

These skills can be applied to a wide range of careers. There are teaching opportunities to be had at all levels with a Classics degree, and one can apply historical understanding and research skills to working in archives and as historical researchers. These careers are competitive and always depend on postgraduate qualifications, grant-aided teaching certificate or higher degree. The programme provides a firm grounding for further study or training if one decides to specialize at a higher level. Most Classicists and historians enter the general graduate job market, where skills derived from a Classics degree are relevant and highly valued in a wide variety of occupations including business, law, or accountancy.

Other Classics majors have gone into work writing for television, film, and radio, but also enter civil service, local government and social services, business and retail management, or work in law enforcement or the armed forces.

For more information about graduate employment visit Fresher to Future - what will yours be?


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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