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BA Classical Studies / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course description

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Classics and Ancient History
Our BA Classical Studies course offers a flexible way to explore the art, culture, history, language and literature of ancient Greek and Roman civilisations that have been so inspirational in the formation of the modern world.

You'll be taught by leading experts in Greek and Roman literature, language, culture and history, and can choose from a diverse range of course units with topics including ancient storytelling, tragic drama, love poetry and exile literature.

Study with us and you'll also have access to exclusive resources such as 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) and the Manchester Museum (the University's own on-campus holdings) with its world-class Egyptology collections.

In addition, you can broaden your studies with options as diverse as Alexander the Great, the Roman Family, ancient philosophy and Egyptology.

We also offer further options in related areas, including Modern History, Religions and Theology and History of Art.

You can also study ancient languages, enabling you to explore texts and literature in the original language.

Although language study is not required, all students are encouraged to take a language option and, if successful, to continue language study throughout the course if they so wish. Both Latin or Greek can be studied from beginner level or beginning at advanced level, while it is possible to begin the study of language in any of the three years.

Our  Flexible Honours  initiative may also allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject in conjunction with Classical Studies.

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 our international 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.

Study an additional subject

Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject.

Teaching and learning

You'll learn through a variety of methods. Lectures will help broaden your understanding of subjects, while small group tutorials and seminars will help you to deep-dive into these topics.

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

Independent study and original research will help you to advance, as well as making the most of the specialist knowledge of your tutors.

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 your degree.

Course content for year 1

Year 1 introduces you to key Greek and Latin literature, as well as a Greek or Roman history unit. You'll be able to choose from a wide range of optional units and related subject units.

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
The Odyssey CAHE10101 20 Mandatory
Virgil's Aeneid CAHE10422 20 Mandatory
Constructing Archaic Greek History CAHE10011 20 Optional
From Republic to Empire: Introduction to Roman History, Society & Culture 218-31BC CAHE10022 20 Optional
The Making of the Mediterranean CAHE10132 20 Optional
The Story of Britain CAHE10141 20 Optional
Cities and Citizens CAHE10231 20 Optional
Introduction to the History and Culture of Pharaonic Egypt CAHE10651 20 Optional
Tomb and Temple: Religion and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt CAHE10702 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 1 CAHE20151 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 1 CAHE20171 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CAHE30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CAHE30120 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 2 CAHE30162 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 2 CAHE30182 20 Optional
Mapping the Medieval ENGL10051 20 Optional
Histories of the Islamic World HIST10172 20 Optional
An Introduction to the Medieval World HIST10262 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
Living and Dying in the Ancient World SALC10602 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 23 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

In Year 2 you will continue to study central works of Greek and Latin Literature and optional units in Classics and Ancient History.

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
Through Cicero's Eyes CAHE20031 20 Optional
The Conquering Hero: The Life, Times and Legacy of Alexander The Great CAHE20041 20 Optional
The Roman Empire 31BC - AD235: Rome's Golden Age CAHE20052 20 Optional
Politics and Society in Classical Greece CAHE20061 20 Optional
Thinking Archaeology CAHE20112 20 Optional
Neolithic Britain CAHE20131 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 1 CAHE20151 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 1 CAHE20171 20 Optional
Ancient Medicine CAHE20381 20 Optional
Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds (6th c. BCE - 3 c. CE) CAHE20442 20 Optional
Doing Archaeology 2 CAHE20501 20 Optional
Roman Women in 22 Objects CAHE20532 20 Optional
Dealing with the Dead: The Archaeology of Death and Burial CAHE20722 20 Optional
The First Cities: The Archaeology of Urbanism in the Near East CAHE20911 20 Optional
The Archaeology of Ritual CAHE20992 20 Optional
Greek Epic Poetry CAHE21042 20 Optional
Finding Happiness in the Ancient World CAHE24402 20 Optional
Slavery in the Ancient Greek World CAHE24502 20 Optional
Aetiology and Euhemerism: Analysing Greek Mythology and Mythography CAHE24701 20 Optional
Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphs CAHE25561 20 Optional
Art and Technology in Ancient Egypt CAHE25762 20 Optional
Exile CAHE29252 20 Optional
Greece in Britain, 1750-1950: Discovery, Dialogue, and Modernity CAHE29352 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CAHE30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CAHE30120 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 2 CAHE30162 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 2 CAHE30182 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 2 CAHE30210 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 2 CAHE30220 20 Optional
The Stuff of History: Objects Across Borders, 1500-1800 HIST21151 20 Optional
Histories of the Islamic World HIST21192 20 Optional
Silk Roads: Eurasian Connections from the Mongols to Manilla, 1200-1800 HIST21242 20 Optional
Revolutionary Cities: The Urban World of the Middle Ages HIST21251 20 Optional
Biblical Hebrew RELT20140 20 Optional
New Testament in Greek II RELT20150 20 Optional
Data Literacy in a Digital World SALC20081 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 36 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

You'll have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a classical topic of your choice, and you will be supervised by an expert in your field of interest with one-to-one sessions. There's an emphasis on studying classical texts in detail, further developing your skills in interpretation and analysis.

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
Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology Dissertation CAHE30000 40 Mandatory
Intensive Greek 1 CAHE20151 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 1 CAHE20171 20 Optional
Through Cicero's Eyes CAHE30031 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CAHE30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CAHE30120 20 Optional
Neolithic Britain CAHE30131 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 2 CAHE30162 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 2 CAHE30182 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 2 CAHE30210 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 2 CAHE30220 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 3 CAHE30310 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 3 CAHE30320 20 Optional
Ancient Medicine CAHE30381 20 Optional
Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds (6th c. BCE - 3 c. CE) CAHE30442 20 Optional
Dealing with the Dead: The Archaeology of Death and Burial CAHE30722 20 Optional
The Roman Army and the North-West Frontiers CAHE30881 20 Optional
The First Cities: The Archaeology of Urbanism in the Near East CAHE30911 20 Optional
The Archaeology of Ritual CAHE30992 20 Optional
Greek Epic Poetry CAHE31042 20 Optional
Finding Happiness in the Ancient World CAHE34402 20 Optional
Slavery in the Ancient Greek World CAHE34502 20 Optional
From Sites to Statues: Understanding Heritage in a time of Culture Wars CAHE34602 20 Optional
Aetiology and Euhemerism: Analysing Greek Mythology and Mythography CAHE34701 20 Optional
Exile CAHE39252 20 Optional
Greece in Britain CAHE39352 20 Optional
Seaborne State? Venice and the East 1150-1550 HIST31861 20 Optional
Becoming Christian in The Early Middle Ages HIST31952 20 Optional
The Normans in the Mediterranean World (1000-1200) HIST31992 20 Optional
Responses to Globalisation, 1500-1700 HIST32022 20 Optional
From Greed to Grandezza: A History of Capitalism from the Renaissance to Modernity (1250s-1900s) HIST32121 20 Optional
Science and Islam RELT30522 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 32 course units for year 3

What our students say

The decision to study Classics at Manchester has been one of the best I've ever made.

I chose the course because of the huge range of units offered: I've studied everything from Catullus, to Plato, to Roman women.

The CAHAE department at Manchester also has some of the best names in Classics - John Taylor has been my Latin teacher since first year.

All the staff here are extremely friendly and supportive, and there is a great community of students too - anyone is welcome to come into the Classics library at any time of day and chat to other students and staff.

It's an amazing way to get to know people, and to ask your lecturers anything you want to know.

Noa Cebon, Classics BA

Visiting the open day, I immediately appreciated the independent feel to the course and the freedom it gave me to develop my interests with the numerous different units available.

I have had an incredible three years while studying Classics here, the lectures are stimulating, and the lecturers are incredibly supportive.

Most inspiring has been the language teaching, enabling me to read ancient texts in their original form.

My teachers have consistently ensured engaging content in our lectures and a comfortable environment in seminars.

Studying Classics at Manchester has massively developed my skill set.

Zoe Clark, Classics BA

Facilities

The John Rylands Library

At 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.

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