Classics courses for 2019

Single Honours

Our department is recognised for its innovative research on antiquity and Bristol is one of the world's most exciting locations to study classics. Our Department of Classics and Ancient History covers many areas of Greco-Roman civilisation, from politics, poetry and philosophy to sculpture, architecture and archaeology.

Our Classics degree focuses on Greek and Latin language and literature, but you will also have plenty of opportunity to study other aspects of these ancient cultures and their reception by later writers, thinkers and artists.

Why study Classics at Bristol?

Studying classics at Bristol combines an emphasis on traditional language skills, literature and historical understanding with an in-depth exploration of the continuing influence of Greek and Roman writing.

We encourage you to gain experience of the many different methods and approaches involved in the study of classics today, and provide you with the opportunity to explore antiquity in the light of its myriad influences on modern art, literature, politics and popular culture.

You will focus on Greek and Latin language and literature, gaining confidence in translating, understanding and discussing ancient texts. Alongside this, you will have the flexibility to explore further areas that interest you, such as topics in Greek and Roman history, religion, art and archaeology. There is also the possibility of study abroad in the second year of the degree.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

This course suits those who are fascinated by the literature and languages of ancient Greece and Rome and want to focus on reading ancient texts in their original form. You should enjoy discussing literature and be eager to develop new skills for analysing old and new texts. You should also be interested in ancient cultures and their reception by later writers, thinkers and artists.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Teaching methods include lectures, large and small-group seminars, guided translation classes and personal consultations. These allow you to develop valuable skills in conducting research, formal and informal writing, discussion and oral presentation.

Assessment is primarily by coursework and exams. In the third year you will research and write a specialist dissertation on a topic of your choosing. You will also plan, market and execute a project aimed at presenting classics to the wider public, with a member of staff acting as adviser.

What are my career prospects?

The skills you will gain in critical thinking, persuasive writing and self expression are transferable to a wide range of careers.

Our graduates 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 further postgraduate study in classics and other humanities subjects.

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


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