Classical Studies

Classical Studies courses for 2019

Single Honours

Joint Honours

Bristol's Department of Classics and Ancient History is renowned for its innovative work on classical civilisation and its legacy. The department includes specialists in many areas of Greco-Roman civilisation, with areas of focus including poetry, drama, mythology, religion, history, politics and art.

We also specialise in the reception of the ancient world in modern film and theatre and by later writers, thinkers and artists, such as Shakespeare, Camus, Picasso, J. L. Borges and Ted Hughes.

Why study Classical Studies at Bristol?

Our Classical Studies BA, ranked in the top 20 in the UK (The Guardian, 2018 university league table), focuses on the literature, art, mythology and philosophy of the classical world as well as its reception in later centuries. It is designed to provide you with a broad knowledge of Greco-Roman civilisation, while instilling the analytical and creative abilities needed to interpret its culture, history and philosophy.

You will explore core topics in the literary and artistic culture of the ancient Greco-Roman world and consider its legacy in the modern world. You will select optional units on literature, philosophy, art and history, some of which may be taken in other departments, such as History or Theology, and you may choose to study Greek or Latin. There is the possibility of study abroad in your second year.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

This course will suit you if you have broad intellectual interests in the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome and you recognise the continuing influence of classical civilisation on the modern world.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Teaching methods include lectures, small-group seminars, personal consultations and a guided research project. These methods allow you to develop valuable skills in formal and informal writing, impromptu discussion and oral presentation. You will also develop a basis for thinking about the literature, art and culture of other periods and of modernity.

Assessment is primarily through coursework and exams, but may include a variety of other modes, such as portfolios, group projects and blogs. In your third year you will research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choosing. You will also take the Applied Classics unit and plan, market and execute a project aimed at presenting the ancient world to the wider public, with a member of staff acting as adviser.

What are my career prospects?

The interdisciplinary nature of Classical Studies hones your skills in critical thinking, persuasive writing and clear self expression, which are transferable to a wide range of careers.

Our graduates are highly employable and have found positions in research, administration, media, museums, art galleries, heritage management, the civil service, law, accountancy, computing, commerce and teaching.

A significant number of our graduates go on to postgraduate study in classics and ancient history or other humanities subjects.

Read more about what students from Classical Studies go on to do after graduation.


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