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  • Get out of the library on organised field trips to Fishbourne Roman Palace and the British Museum, and placements in art galleries and museums
  • Work with experts in the fields of Roman and Greek history, Classical literature and drama, and Roman and Greek art and archaeology
  • Cover a range of exciting topics from the Minoans and the Bronze Age to Murder in the Classical City, and from Roman Sport and Leisure through to the Classical inheritance of the early medieval world and beyond
  • Hone your ability to understand and work in multicultural environments — highly valued by employers

The ancient Greek and Roman worlds have given us an extraordinarily rich heritage of culture, literature, politics, philosophy, art, architecture and archaeology as well as paving the way for democracy, modern day sewers, underfloor heating and the calendar. Whatever you aspire to become – and Classical Studies students have conquered most fields – an understanding of the classical past gives you a keen lens through which to view the modern world. 

Our BA in Classical Studies takes an innovative, multidisciplinary dive into this fascinating cultural and intellectual history. You gain a critical yet empathetic appreciation of different worldviews on a course that blends study of history, literature, drama, philosophy, archaeology, art and architecture. Knowledge of Classical languages is not required, but opportunities to learn and develop your language skills may be on offer.

The course contextualises and enriches the study of these disciplines through, theoretical, research and vocational elements. 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.

Our programme considers the reception of the Classical world from the medieval through to the modern world. You interact with the Classical world through field trips to Fishbourne Roman Palace and the British Museum, through modules in Neo-Classicism and through volunteer placement opportunities in the heritage sector.

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), and literature (epics and lyrics).

Next, in Year 2, you explore the nature of history as a discipline and its changing assumptions, methods and definitions. You choose from a range of modules covering civilisation, archaeology and history including the high point of Athenian democracy and the Classical Greek world, death and ritual in the ancient world and the world of Alexander the Great. In Year 2, you may also undertake a volunteer placement in a museum or art gallery, go on a week-long field trip to sites relevant to the Classical world, or take part in our Study Abroad exchange with a university in America or Bulgaria.

In the final year, you hone your research methods, write a dissertation and undertake more specialised modules that focus on the Pax Romana, the archaeology of Roman Italy, Minoan art and architecture, or Greek and Roman comedy.

After three years you’ll have a grounding in the political, cultural, and economic basics of the Greek and Roman worlds that lends itself to understanding how we continue to interact with the Classical world in our modern society. The skills you cultivate on your modules – time management, critical reading and writing skills, independent thinking and public speaking – transfer readily to today’s workplace.

As such, our graduates are valued in a wide variety of occupations including business, law and accountancy, the civil service, local government and social services. Others teach or write for television, film and radio.

Some of our graduates go on to postgraduate work, and often study MA degrees in related subjects, such as classical archaeology, ancient history and Latin languages and literature. Becoming a specialist is the first step towards pursuing an academic career as a lecturer or researcher.


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.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

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.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Classical Studies course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America. For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours

Independent learning: 972 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours

Independent learning: 960 hours

Placement: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours

Independent learning: 960 hours

Placement: 12 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

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


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Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 can be found by attending an Open Day.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

77% coursework
9% written exams
14% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

77% coursework
10% written exams
13% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

38% coursework
21% written exams
41% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


The modules for this course can be viewed on the Modules tab. The modules on this course are selected from those listed. Not all modules on the list are offered in every semester or year.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

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


2018 Entry: 104-120

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

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

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International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Case Studies I: Sources and Approaches to History 15
Case Studies II: Independent Study Project 15
Introduction to Classical Theatre 15

This module offers an informative introduction to the origins of western European theatre in the Classical Greek Theatre of Ancient Athens. In so doing it will explore the earliest origins of drama in religious worship and ritual and the two major genres of Tragedy and Comedy. It will also explore the relationship between society, politics and culture and the extent to which theatre functioned as a form of political and ethical debate.

Introduction to Classical Literature 15
Introduction to Classical Art and Architecture 15
Introduction to Classical Archaeology 15

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

Students choose two optional modules from the following:

The Classical World 500-31 BC – 15 Credits
Roman Britain – 15 Credits
Introductory Module: The Origins of Greek Civilisation: from the Aegean Bronze Age to Archaic Greece (XX-VII c. B. C.) – 15 Credits
Introductory Module: Europe in the High Middle Ages (c. 800 - c. 1200) – 15 Credits
Introductory Module: Barbarians, Byzantines, and Beyond (AD 400- 814) – 15 Credits

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Practising History 15
Reading History 30

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

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 – 15 Credits
The World of Alexander the Great – 15 Credits
Greco-Roman Egypt 331-31 B. C. – 15 Credits
Culture and Society in Republican Rome 506-44 B. C. – 15 Credits
Carolingian Renaissance – 15 Credits
The Vikings and the Frankish World – 15 Credits
The Investiture Contest – 15 Credits
Norman Siciliy, ca 1000-1197 – 15 Credits

History Options B


The Symposium: Ancient Greek Drinking Culture – 15 Credits
Sport & Leisure in Classical Greece and Rome– 15 Credits
Classical World on Film – 15 Credits
The Renaissance Court: Power Politics and Patronage – 15 Credits
Roman Britain – 15 Credits
Early Roman Empire – 15 Credits
Representation and Art in Archaeology – 15 Credits
The Archaeology of Conflict – 15 Credits
The Archaeology of Religion And Ritual– 15 Credits
Later Roman & Early Medieval Europe – 15 Credits
Greek World – 15 Credits
Exploiting the Greek & Roman Natural World – 15 Credits
The Archaeology and History of Death – 15 Credits

Other optional modules:

Introduction to Classical Greek and Latin Language – 15 Credits
Teaching for Classical Studies – 15 Credits
Radical Classics – 15 Credits
The Culture of Neo Classicism – 15 Credits
Women and Literature in the Classical World
Volunteering – 15 Credits

Group Project – 15 Credits

Field Trip – 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

History and the Public Sphere 15
Research Methods in Classical Studies 15

This module is taught through small seminar groups only. In these groups, students will be able to explore the nature of historical research and historical debate through reflection on their own Dissertation project and the sharing of best practice with other students. It will allow a more supportive learning environment whilst ensuring a more active engagement with individual research.

Dissertation 30

The Dissertation (an Extended Independent Study) is an 8,000 -10,000 thesis on a subject of a student’s choice. It makes a contribution to knowledge and understanding of a topic within the framework of Classical Studies. It demonstrates an advanced capacity to work as a cultural archaeologist/historian incorporating materials and sources from one or more disciplines related to the Classics. A student writing a dissertation within the Classical Studies framework may focus on a topic that combines Classical disciplines, but whatever the focus, the dissertation should be a piece of independent research which shows clarity of expression, logical argument and creative thought. Students must produce by due deadlines a proposal acceptable to internal scrutineers, evidence of substantial progress by the end of the first module as part of the assessment for the Research Methods module, and a record of supervision completed by the supervisor with the Dissertation.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

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

History Depth Study:


Pax Romana – 15 Credits
Epic Literature – 15 Credits
Greek Rhetoric: The Sophists and Lysias & Demosthenes – 15 Credits

Archaeology Depth Study:


The Celts – 15 Credits
Central Southern England in Roman period – 15 Credits
Greek Art & Architecture – 15 Credits
Roman Art & Architecture – 15 Credits
Byzantium and Beyond – 15 Credits

Other optional modules:


Reception of the Classical World: Art & Architecture – 15 Credits
Archaeology of Italy 800 BC - AD 500 – 15 Credits
Advanced Greek and Latin: Text and Translation – 15 Credits
History Writing in the Classical World – 15 Credits
Comparative Study: Chivalry – 15 Credits
Comparative Study: Greek & Roman Comedy Theatre – 15 Credits
Comparative Study: Murder in the Ancient City – 15 Credits
Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Epic – 15 Credits
Comparative Study: Gender and Authority in Early Medieval Europe HS37736A/B

Comparative Study: Plutarch's Parallel Lives – 15 Credits

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.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, 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 for UK and EU students. 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.



As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:



 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.


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.


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.


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.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester