Classical Studies

Classical Studies courses for 2022

Single Honours

Joint Honours

Bristol's Department of Classics and Ancient History is internationally renowned for its innovative work on classical civilisation and its legacy. Our areas of focus include poetry, drama, mythology, religion and art. We also specialise in the reception of the ancient world in later cultures.

Why study Classical Studies at Bristol?

Classical studies at Bristol focuses on the literature, art, mythology and philosophy of the classical world as well as its reception in later centuries. Our course is designed to provide you with a broad knowledge of Graeco-Roman civilisation, while instilling the analytical and creative abilities needed to interpret its culture, history and philosophy.

You will familiarise yourself with a wide range of classical literature and culture as well as a variety of contemporary approaches to the classical world. You will also have the opportunity to explore the legacy of Graeco-Roman culture in the works of later thinkers and artists across different media, including literature, theatre and film.

The course combines core units on Graeco-Roman culture and its reception with more specialised subjects. You can pursue areas that particularly interest you by selecting optional units on literature, philosophy, art and history, some of which may be taken in other departments, such as History or Theology. You may also choose to study Greek or Latin.

What kind of student would this course suit?

This course will suit those who have broad intellectual interests in the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome and in the continuing influence of classical civilisation on the modern world. You should enjoy looking closely at literary texts and other materials. thinking analytically about them and discussing your ideas.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Teaching methods include lectures, small-group seminars, personal consultations and a guided research project. These 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 by coursework in a variety of different formats and exams.

Your third year will include a larger research project on a topic of your choosing. You will also plan, promote and execute a project aimed at presenting the ancient world to the wider public.

What are my career prospects?

The interdisciplinary nature of a classical studies degree hones your skills in critical thinking, persuasive writing and clear self expression, skills that 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 and teaching.

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

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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