Classics

Classics courses for 2018

Single Honours

Internationally recognised for its innovative research on antiquity, the University of Bristol is one of the world's most exciting places to study Classics. Our Department of Classics and Ancient History covers many areas of Greco-Roman civilisation, from politics, poetry and philosophy to sculpture, architecture and archaeology.

Our Classics degree focuses on Greek and Latin language and literature, but you will also have plenty of opportunity to study other aspects of these ancient cultures and their reception by later writers, thinkers and artists.

Why study Classics at Bristol?

Studying Classics at Bristol 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 myriad influences upon 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. There is also the possibility of study abroad in the second year of the degree.

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 their reception by later writers, thinkers and artists.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

Our innovative approach to the teaching of Classics and Ancient History has been praised by external examiners and leading UK experts in the subject.

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 the third year you will also research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choosing.

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 are highly employable and have found positions in research, administration, media, museums, art galleries, heritage management, the civil service, law, accountancy, computing, commerce and industry, as well as teaching.

A significant number of our graduates go on to further postgraduate study in classics and other humanities subjects.

Read more about what students from Classics go on to do after graduation.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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