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BA Latin and French / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Our BA Latin and French Joint Honours course will enable you to develop your linguistic skills while learning about the literature and culture of both societies.

Both languages can be learned either as a beginner or from A-level standard, but at least one language must be studied from A-level standard. Once you've reached the appropriate level, your learning will allow you to study literary and historical texts in their original language.

Language study offers much more than just language fluency. You'll explore diverse aspects of the culture, society, history, politics and literature of the countries in which the languages are - or were - spoken, helping you to develop intercultural awareness and communication skills - both highly valued by employers.

You'll benefit from excellent teaching, student support and cutting-edge study facilities, as well as from the vibrancy and cultural diversity of Manchester itself, Western Europe's most multilingual city.

With placement options available at partner universities and in professional environments in several French-speaking countries, a compulsory third year abroad gives our undergraduate students unforgettable and invaluable personal and professional experience. Where possible, this includes enrolment on classical courses at an overseas university.

Special features

University Language Centre
Take advantage of the library, language labs and multimedia facilities at the University Language Centre.

Residence abroad

Your  year abroad will offer the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of life in an French-speaking country, and further develop your language skills.

Learn from language experts

Modern language courses are mainly taught by native speakers of the language, giving you a richer learning experience.

Access outstanding resources

Explore the exclusive resources of Manchester Museum and the Special Collections of The John Rylands Library - home to papyri, medieval manuscripts and early printed books, including very early copies of the Homeric poems.

Teaching and learning

The core of most literary and historical course units is provided by lectures, which introduce and survey the main issues, and are supported by small-group tutorials and seminars.

Language classes are taught intensively, with group size capped to encourage participation.

You are encouraged to involve yourself, under guidance, in independent study and original research.

Coursework and assessment

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.

Course content for year 1

Core units will give you a grounding in the historical and cultural contexts of life in first century Rome via ancient poetry and the study of Latin language. Optional units allow you start exploring key themes and making links between your fields of study.

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
Stories and Storytelling in the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds CAHE10212 20 Optional
Cities and Citizens CAHE10231 20 Optional
Virgil's Aeneid CAHE10422 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
French Cultural Studies FREN10070 20 Optional
Identity in Modern France FREN10150 20 Optional
French Language 1 FREN51011 20 Optional
French Language 2 FREN51022 20 Optional
French Language 3 FREN51030 20 Optional
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Course content for year 2

With just one compulsory course unit in Latin language, you'll have the flexibility to focus your studies on key areas of interest across both subject areas, selecting from a breadth of historical, literary, cultural and societal themes

Course content for year 3

You'll study and/or work for up to a year in a French-speaking country, before returning to complete your studies in your fourth year.

Course content for year 4

Continue to shape your understanding according to specific interests, with interdisciplinary and advanced course unit options.

Course units for year 4

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
Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology Dissertation CAHE30000 40 Optional
Athens and Attica CAHE30052 20 Optional
Men, Beasts and Marvels: The Limits of Nature in Classical Antiquity CAHE30062 20 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
Living Latin CAHE30390 20 Optional
Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds (6th c. BCE - 3 c. CE) CAHE30441 20 Optional
Plato CAHE30551 20 Optional
The Roman Army and the North-West Frontiers CAHE30882 20 Optional
Origins of States: The Archaeology of Urbanism in the Near East CAHE30911 20 Optional
The Archaeology of Ritual CAHE30992 20 Optional
Greek Tragedy CAHE31012 20 Optional
Egypt in the Graeco-Roman Worl CAHE31401 20 Optional
The Roman Outlook: Hellenisation & Roman Values, 200BC - AD100 CAHE31431 20 Optional
Art and Aesthetics CAHE33011 20 Optional
National Identity and the Roman Past CAHE33021 20 Optional
The Hellenistic World: History and Archaeology CAHE34322 20 Optional
Dissertation in French Studies FREN30000 40 Optional
Protest Music in France FREN30002 20 Optional
Dangerous Liaisons FREN30362 20 Optional
Art and Culture in France in the Digital Age FREN30732 20 Optional
Exoticism & Orientalism in C19th France: French Romantics and Local Colour FREN30871 20 Optional
French Language 5 FREN51050 20 Optional
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The John Rylands Library

Exclusive access to our internationally significant collections, including papyri, medieval manuscripts and early printed books.

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.

The University Language Centre

Home to language resources, including a new interpreting suite, purpose-built recording rooms and resources for over 70 languages. The Centre also offers multilingual word processing; language learning software; off-air recording and AV duplication; multilingual terrestrial and satellite TV and extensive support and advice for learners.


Join The Francophone Society and benefit from French classes, discussion groups, film screenings, themed socials, and a yearly trip to Paris.

Find out more on the Facilities pages for Classics and Ancient History and Modern Languages and Cultures

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