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Studying a classics degree

Are you fascinated by the Ancient world, and how much influence it still has on our lives today? Do you love the idea of uncovering the deeply hidden past with the evidence that still remains? Then a classics degree may be for you. Read on to find out more.

What is classics?

Classics is the study of the languages Latin and Ancient Greek, and the civilization and culture of the Greeks and Romans.

The subject covers every aspect of Classical Antiquity (from as early as the beginning of the second millennium BC!), and is so broad that some aspect of it is bound to appeal to you; whether you like art, history, philosophy, languages and literature, or digging up the past with your hands!

What will I study on a Classics degree?

What you study will depend on the degree you pick and the university. Courses are typically divided up into Ancient Greek, Latin, classical studies, civilisation and Ancient history, each of which will have a different emphasis.

Another option is a combined course with archaeology, which is  the study of human society through artefacts and materials retrieved by digging, among other methods.

Some universities will make modules in Greek or Latin language a compulsory part of the course, for others they may be optional, but either way, learning the language is worth the effort to be able to access the old texts in their original form.

Universities may also offer the chance to study overseas, in Greece or Italy, to help bring all that theory to life.

What qualifications do I need for a classics degree?

Exact entry requirements vary depending on where you study, but most universities will want at least three A-levels or equivalent, and it may well help if you have done some classical subjects already, though this often isn’t necessary since many schools don’t offer them.

Where can it lead?

Classical degrees teach a wide range of transferable skills such as:

  • Communication and linguistic skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Research
  • Critical thinking
  • Making and presenting a case or argument
  • Logic and reason

Classics is useful for a range of careers including:

There is also the possibility of pursuing Classics further by studying for an MA or other postgraduate qualification, and going into academic research.

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