BA Latin and Linguistics / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course description

Our BA Latin and Linguistics Joint Honours course will enable you to develop your linguistic skills in an ancient language while delving into the science of language - an everyday phenomenon which impacts our lives on an individual and a global scale.

You will study topics such as the ways in which children acquire their first language, differences between the speech of men and women, how the sound systems and grammars of different types of language are organised, what happens when speakers of different languages come into contact, and much else besides.

You will also study Latin language and literature in each of your three years of study. You can learn Latin either as a beginner or from A-level standard. There is also the opportunity to take specialist courses in Ancient History, Philosophy, Art, Archaeology and Egyptology.

Our course will help you to develop analytical and problem-solving skills. Often dealing with granular and complex data, your combination of humanities and scientific understanding will allow you to make connections across multiple fields of employment.

Special features

Placement year option

Apply your subject-specific knowledge in a real-world context through a placement year in your third year of study, enabling you to enhance your employment prospects, clarify your career goals and build your external networks. 

Study abroad

You may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during Year 2. Exchange partners are offered through the Erasmus Exchange scheme (in Sweden) and the Worldwide Exchange scheme (e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore).

Explore world-class collections

Enjoy unique opportunities to explore special archived material and carry out research in a wide range of archives, libraries, museums and other research institutions in Manchester and beyond.

You'll have exclusive access to the Special Collections of the John Rylands Library, including papyri, medieval manuscripts and early printed books.

Applied learning

Explore the practical application of your subject knowledge by taking part in teaching-enhancement projects. For example, some of our students have developed an online atlas of dialect variation in the UK.

Teaching and learning

Assessment practices vary between course units, but our aim overall is to achieve a good balance between formal examinations, continuous assessment and project work.

Written examinations are held at the end of most course units. The third year dissertation contributes 25% of the total marks for your degree.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment practices in different course units vary, but our basic aim is to achieve a good balance between formal examinations, continuous assessment, and project work. Written examinations are held at the end of most courses. The third-year dissertation provides 25% of the total marks for the degree.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Constructing Archaic Greek History CAHE10011 20 Optional
From Republic to Empire: Introduction to Roman History, Society & Culture 218-31BC CAHE10022 20 Optional
Introduction to Mediterranean & Classical Archaeology CAHE10122 20 Optional
The Making of the Mesopotamian and Mediterranean Worlds. CAHE10131 20 Optional
The Story of Britain CAHE10142 20 Optional
Stories and Storytelling in the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds CAHE10211 20 Optional
Cities and Citizens CAHE10231 20 Optional
Virgil's Aeneid CAHE10422 20 Optional
Living and Dying in the Ancient World CAHE10602 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 1 CAHE20171 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CAHE30110 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 2 CAHE30182 20 Optional
The Odyssey CLAH10101 20 Optional
Mapping the Medieval ENGL10051 20 Optional
An Introduction to the Medieval World HIST10262 20 Optional
Language, Mind and Brain LELA10201 20 Optional
English Word and Sentence Structure LELA10301 20 Optional
The Sounds of Language LELA10322 20 Optional
Study of Meaning LELA10332 20 Optional
History and Varieties of English LELA10342 20 Optional
Speech and Music Processing LELA10701 20 Optional
New Testament Greek RELT10120 20 Optional
Bible in Ancient and Modern Worlds RELT10712 20 Optional
Standing on The Shoulders of Giants: Foundations for Study in The Arts SALC10002 20 Optional
Ice Age to Baroque: Artworks in History SALC10041 20 Optional
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Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
The Conquering Hero: The Life, Times and Legacy of Alexander The Great CAHE20042 20 Optional
The Roman Empire 31BC - AD235: Rome's Golden Age CAHE20052 20 Optional
Politics and Society in Classical Greece CAHE20061 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 1 CAHE20151 20 Optional
Roman Women in 22 Objects CAHE20531 20 Optional
Greek Tragedy CAHE21012 20 Optional
Introduction to Ancient Philosophy CAHE21052 20 Optional
The Roman Outlook: Hellenisation & Roman Values, 200BC - AD100 CAHE21431 20 Optional
Introduction to the History and Culture of Pharaonic Egypt CAHE21442 20 Optional
Art and Aesthetics CAHE23011 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CAHE30110 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 2 CAHE30162 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 2 CAHE30210 20 Optional
Exile CLAH20252 20 Optional
The Stuff of History: Objects Across Borders, 1500-1800 HIST21152 20 Optional
History and Varieties of English LELA10342 20 Optional
Speech and Music Processing LELA10701 20 Optional
Theory of Grammar LELA20021 20 Optional
Societal Multilingualism LELA20101 20 Optional
Quantitative Methods in Language Sciences LELA20232 20 Optional
Semantics LELA20281 20 Optional
Pragmatics: Meaning, Context, and Interaction LELA20292 20 Optional
Cognitive Linguistics LELA20311 20 Optional
Experimental Phonetics LELA20341 20 Optional
The Changing Structure of English LELA20401 20 Optional
Psycholinguistics LELA20962 20 Optional
Biblical Hebrew RELT20140 20 Optional
New Testament in Greek II RELT20150 20 Optional
Jesus: From Jewish Messiah to Hollywood Idol RELT20711 20 Optional
Spanish Linguistics SPLA20772 20 Optional
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Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Advanced Latin Language 2 CAHE30210 20 Optional
The Emergence of Civilisation: Palaces, Peak Santuaries and Politics in Minoan Crete CAHE30221 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 3 CAHE30310 20 Optional
Ancient Medicine CAHE30381 20 Optional
Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds (6th c. BCE - 3 c. CE) CAHE30441 20 Optional
The Roman Army and the North-West Frontiers CAHE30882 20 Optional
Egypt in the Graeco-Roman Worl CAHE31401 20 Optional
Dissertation CLAH30030 40 Optional
Through Cicero's Eyes CLAH30031 20 Optional
The Early Roman Republic CLAH30041 20 Optional
Ancient Greek Mythology CLAH30221 20 Optional
Imagined Worlds: Fiction and Desire in Latin and Greek Poetry CLAH30362 20 Optional
Greek Epic Poetry CLAH31042 20 Optional
The Poetry of Ovid CLAH31261 20 Optional
Dissertation LELA30000 40 Optional
Topics in the Study of Meaning in English LELA30032 20 Optional
Language Contact LELA30292 20 Optional
English Phonology Past and Present LELA30442 20 Optional
Speech Community: Manchester English LELA30521 20 Optional
Language Policy and Planning LELA30751 20 Optional
Historical Syntax LELA30962 20 Optional
The Grammar of English Noun Phrases LELA31001 20 Optional
First and Second Language Acquisition LELA31111 20 Optional
Romance Linguistics LELA32001 20 Optional
Biblical Hebrew Texts II RELT30380 20 Optional
Paul: Theology, Ethics, Philosophy RELT30962 20 Optional
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Facilities

Phonetics Lab
Undergraduate students can use the Phonetics Lab under supervision.

The John Rylands Library

You'll have exclusive access to our internationally significant collections, including papyri, medieval manuscripts and early printed books such as very early copies of the Homeric poems.

Manchester Museum

The UK's leading university museum has more than four million objects spanning millennia, including one of the largest collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the UK. Go behind-the-scenes to handle, analyse and interpret rare artefacts, including exclusive material specific to ancient history.

Visit our facilities page to find out more.

Linguistic labs

For your Linguistics studies, we have two laboratories where you'll have the chance to use ultrasound imaging, laryngography and eye tracking technology. You'll also be able to use quantitative methods in the study of large language corpora.

Find out more on the facilities pages for Classics and Ancient History and Linguistics and English Language .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk