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Classics is the study of the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome. These have had immense influence on the development of Western civilisation. Our language, literature, art and architecture, drama, philosophy, political and legal systems are all derived (in part) from Greece and Rome.

Greece and Rome are fascinating subjects in themselves, and our interdisciplinary papers mean there are links with almost all other Arts subjects. The major in Classics covers Classical Studies, Greek and Latin, which can be combined in proportions to suit you.

Classical Studies covers history, literature, mythology and archaeology (taught in English translation), while Greek and Latin papers offer linguistic training and the experience of reading major works of ancient Greek and Roman literature, drama, history and philosophy in the original languages. A knowledge of ancient Greek and/or Latin is an essential skill required for postgraduate work in Classics.

Career opportunities

Graduates teach in schools and universities, and work in foreign affairs, trade and industry, university administration, libraries, art galleries, museums, theatre and journalism.

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See the full list of Classics (CLAS) papers.

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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Classics (including Classical Studies, Greek and Latin)

Level Papers Points

Any two CLAS, GREK or LATN 100-level papers


Any three CLAS, GREK or LATN 200-level papers


Any four papers from CLAS, GREK or LATN 300-level papers, PHIL 335


198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Classics (including Classical Studies, Greek and Latin)


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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Classics

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Classics is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

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Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework)) in Classics


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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Classics

  • Thesis: CLAS 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Classics or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Classics must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Classics prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Minor subject requirements

Classics as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level Two CLAS, GREK or LATN papers at 100-level (or above) 36
200-level Two CLAS, GREK or LATN papers at 200-level (or above) 36

One 300-level CLAS, GREK or LATN paper


No paper forming part of a minor in Greek or Latin may also count for a minor or major subject requirement in Classics

Total   90

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