The page you are visiting was formerly part of the Which? University website, but is now being provided by The Uni Guide — part of The Student Room. For more information please click here.

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more
Durham University

Classics

UCAS Code: Q801

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Specific subjects excluded for entry: General Studies and Critical Thinking. Information: Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

37

18 points (6, 6, 6) in Higher Level subjects.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A

We will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. If an applicant has not been able to take 3 Advanced Highers, offers may be made with a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers, or on a number of Highers.

UCAS Tariff

144-168

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Classical studies

The Classics degree is language-focused, although how much language is studied and at what level depends upon you. The course is perfect if you have A levels in Greek and/or Latin, but it is also suitable if you have never studied an ancient language before. We offer modules in both Latin and Greek, in prose and verse, at every level.

**Year 1**
In your first year, you will take two interdisciplinary modules that will give you grounding in the central periods of Greek and Roman culture:

Introduction to the Greek World
Monuments and Memory in the Age of Augustus.
You will also take courses in Greek and/or Latin language, at the appropriate level.

Other first-year optional modules have previously included:
Lives of Objects
Early Greek Philosophy
The Craft of the Ancient Historian
Language, Translation and Interpretation.

**Year 2**
You will take a module to study representative examples of Greek and Roman epic; you will be introduced to a wide range of approaches to the study of epic including its role as a device for memorialisation, and explore the ways in which the genre developed in Greek and Roman antiquity, and beyond:

Traditions of Epic.
Study of Latin and/or Greek continues in the second year.

Many of the other modules in the second year are broad surveys, for example of a historical period or a literary genre.

Historical offerings have previously included:
The Hellenistic World
Crisis of The Roman Republic
Emperors and Dynasties.

Literary, philosophical and cultural topics have previously included:
Greek Literature and The Near East
Interpreting Greek Tragedy Today
Creation and Cosmology
Ancient Political Thought and Action
Stoicism
Dialogues with Antiquity
Classical Receptions and Contemporary Cultures
Theatre and Spectacle in Ancient Rome
Myths of Transformation in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

**Year 3 (Year 4 if undertaking a Year Abroad)**
You will write a Dissertation in your third year. You choose a topic at the end of your second year in consultation with an adviser, with who you will meet regularly for guidance throughout Year 3. Your study of Latin and/or Greek will proceed to the next level, with the texts becoming more difficult or fragmentary. Most other modules in the third year cover specific topics that arise out of the research interests of the members of staff.

Historical modules have previously included:
Greeks and Persians
Roman Syria
Writing Alexander
The Life and Times of Cicero
Urbs Roma
The Later Roman Empire.

Literary, philosophical and cultural topics have previously included:
The Literature and Language of Ancient Babylon
Comedy and Tragedy, Laughter and Sorrow
Hellenistic Poetry: Theory and Practice
Roman Law and Latin Literature
Love and Sex in Ancient Poetry
Technologies of Knowledge in Antiquity
Knowledge and Doubt in Hellenistic Philosophy.
Classical Victorians.

For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our webpages: https://www.dur.ac.uk/classics/, https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/faculty.handbook/degrees/frameworks/q801.pdf

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered. For more information on this course, please see our website.

Modules

The Classics degree is language-focused, although how much language is studied and at what level depends upon you. The course is perfect if you have A levels in Greek and/or Latin, but it is also suitable if you have never studied an ancient language before. We offer modules in both Latin and Greek, in prose and verse, at every level.

Year 1
In your first year, you will take two interdisciplinary modules that will give you grounding in the central periods of Greek and Roman culture: Introduction to the Greek World / Monuments and Memory in the Age of Augustus. You will also take courses in Greek and/or Latin language, at the appropriate level.
Other first-year optional modules have previously included: Lives of Objects / Early Greek Philosophy / The Craft of the Ancient Historian / Language, Translation and Interpretation.

Year 2
You will take a module to study representative examples of Greek and Roman epic; you will be introduced to a wide range of approaches to the study of epic including its role as a device for memorialisation, and explore the ways in which the genre developed in Greek and Roman antiquity, and beyond: Traditions of Epic. Study of Latin and/or Greek continues in the second year. Many of the other modules in the second year are broad surveys, for example of a historical period or a literary genre. Historical offerings have previously included: The Hellenistic World / Crisis of The Roman Republic / Emperors and Dynasties. Literary, philosophical and cultural topics have previously included: Greek Literature and The Near East / Interpreting Greek Tragedy Today / Creation and Cosmology / Ancient Political Thought and Action / Stoicism / Dialogues with Antiquity / Classical Receptions and Contemporary Cultures / Theatre and Spectacle in Ancient Rome / Myths of Transformation in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Year 3 (Year 4 if undertaking a Year Abroad)
You will write a Dissertation in your third year. You choose a topic at the end of your second year in consultation with an adviser, with whom you will meet regularly for guidance throughout Year 3. Your study of Latin and/or Greek will proceed to the next level, with the texts becoming more difficult or fragmentary. Most other modules in the third year cover specific topics that arise out of the research interests of the members of staff. Historical modules have previously included: Greeks and Persians / Roman Syria / Writing Alexander / The Life and Times of Cicero / Urbs Roma / The Later Roman Empire. Literary, philosophical and cultural topics have previously included: / The Literature and Language of Ancient Babylon / Comedy and Tragedy, Laughter and Sorrow / Hellenistic Poetry: Theory and Practice / Roman Law and Latin Literature / Love and Sex in Ancient Poetry / Technologies of Knowledge in Antiquity / Knowledge and Doubt in Hellenistic Philosophy / Classical Victorians.

For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our webpages: https://www.dur.ac.uk/classics/, https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/faculty.handbook/degrees/frameworks/q801.pdf

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered. For more information on this course, please see our website.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£22,100
per year
International
£22,100
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

John Snow College

Collingwood College

St Aidan's College

St Mary's College

Hatfield College

College of St Hild and St Bede

Trevelyan College

South College

St Chad's College

Stephenson College

Grey College

Van Mildert College

Josephine Butler College

University College

St John's College

No college preference

St Cuthbert's Society

Department:

Classics

TEF rating:
Read full university profile

What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

88%
high
Classical studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Classical studies

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Classical studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
high
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
50%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Business, research and administrative professionals
12%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Managers and proprietors in other services

This is a category for graduates taking a wide range of courses that don’t fall neatly into a subject group, so be aware that the stats you see here may not be a very accurate guide to the outcomes for the specific course you’re interested in. Management, finance, marketing, education and jobs in the arts are some of the typical jobs for these graduates, but it's sensible to go on open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from the course, and what previous graduates did.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Classical studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£28k

£28k

£34k

£34k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Share this page

This is what the university has told Ucas about the criteria they expect applicants to satisfy; some may be compulsory, others may be preferable.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is the percentage of applicants to this course who received an offer last year, through Ucas.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Course location and department:

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF):

We've received this information from the Department for Education, via Ucas. This is how the university as a whole has been rated for its quality of teaching: gold silver or bronze. Note, not all universities have taken part in the TEF.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information comes from the National Student Survey, an annual student survey of final-year students. You can use this to see how satisfied students studying this subject area at this university, are (not the individual course).

We calculate a mean rating of all responses to indicate whether this is high, medium or low compared to the same subject area at other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information is from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

You can use this to get an idea of who you might share a lecture with and how they progressed in this subject, here. It's also worth comparing typical A-level subjects and grades students achieved with the current course entry requirements; similarities or differences here could indicate how flexible (or not) a university might be.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Graduate field commentary:

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit have provided some further context for all graduates in this subject area, including details that numbers alone might not show

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

Have a question about this info? Learn more here