Classics courses for 2020

Single Honours

Bristol is one of the world’s most exciting locations to study classics, and our department is internationally renowned for its innovative research on antiquity.

Why study Classics at Bristol?

The Department of Classics and Ancient History covers many areas of Greco-Roman civilisation, from politics, poetry and philosophy to sculpture, architecture and archaeology. Our course 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 many 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. You may also study the reception of Greek and Latin literature by later writers, thinkers and artists. There is the possibility of studying abroad in your second year.

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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 how they have been received 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 your third year you will research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choosing. You will also 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 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 go on to 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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