Department of Classics

Undergraduate Classics degrees (BA Hons)

Why study with us?

Our innovative teaching embraces a range of material from Homer to Late Antiquity and from Sparta and the Peloponnese to the Roman Near East. Our degrees are designed for flexibility and coherence; after core introductory modules in the first year, you specialise in your own areas of interest.

You can study both Greek and Latin at any stage of your university career, at beginners or advanced level, as well as do a language-based Classics degree without Greek or Latin A-level. Our dissertation module is carefully structured to give you maximum support as you do your own research.

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Undergraduate Classics courses

 I love my course, it allows me to examine my passion in depth with a variety of different techniques and approaches.

 Joshua Ward-Penny, Classics 


 Key facts

  • We tailor our degrees to suit both those who have studied elements of classics and those who are new to the subject
  • We teach and research all aspects of ancient Greece and Rome, so you can focus on literature, history or art according to your interests
  • Our second year project offers you the freedom to study any element of classics, from the use of myths in computer games to recreating an ancient mosaic
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in our extracurricular outreach scheme, designing and delivering activities in local schools

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Teaching and learning

In the Department of Classics, we offer a range of teaching methods.

These are designed to help you realise your potential, acquire a rich knowledge and understanding of classical antiquity, and develop transferable skills.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars - based on discussion of prepared questions and materials - and language classes (for students studying Greek and/or Latin). Assessment is via both coursework and exams.

In addition, we have a range of special modules designed to develop your presentation skills, as well as promote independent research and interaction with primary and secondary sources:

  • Extended Source Study (second year): You focus on the detailed study of a particular source from antiquity, for example, a work of literature, historical text or artwork. Teaching includes lectures to introduce the module, but is dominated by intensive seminars based on analysis of the source through student presentations and guided discussion. The module is assessed by extended essay.
  • Studying Classical Scholarship (second year): This module develops your understanding of scholarship about classical antiquity, helping you approach your reading in a historically informed, engaged and critical way. With initial guidance from lectures, students choose from a range of landmark works of classical scholarship on a variety of topics (literary, historical, archaeological…) and analyse it during seminars based on student presentations. The module is assessed by extended essay.
  • Independent Second Year Project: One of our most innovative and exciting modules, where you select not only the aspect of antiquity to research but also the form in which you present your work. It helps you to research the ancient world and, in particular, to evaluate the many ways you can communicate with different audiences. Teaching includes lectures and special presentations on different possible project-types, as well as seminars based on discussion of individual projects. Products can be diverse, from teaching materials to exhibition plans and from creative writing to models of ancient artefacts or buildings, and are submitted with documentation showing how the product derives from research on the ancient world.
  • Dissertation (final year): For many of our students, this is the culmination of their work at Nottingham. You research a topic in detail, resulting in a 10,000 word paper. Your study is supported throughout the year from planning to feedback in one-to-one supervisions.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislative changes. This list is an example of typical modules that we offer, not a definitive list.

Modules in a Minute

Watch some of our academics introduce their modules in a series of short videos.

Language teaching

Language modules, from beginners to advanced, are available in Latin and Greek for all students in all years.

The beginners stream is taught intensively, so a good standard is achieved during your time at University. Year 1 covers grammar and syntax; year 2 (intermediate) focuses on working with un-adapted texts; in year 3, the post-beginners are taught with those who have an A-level in the subject.

Advanced modules integrate continued language learning with study of the literature, history and culture of the ancient world. We aim for a balance between prose and verse and for a wide range of different genres, periods and styles of Latin and Greek.

Student life

Nottingham and its environment provide numerous and varied on-campus and off-campus activities to enhance your student experience.

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Nottingham offers a range of opportunities to transform your subject specialisms into practical skills and gain valuable experience sought after by employers. 

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View our undergraduate courses in the online prospectus

Single honours

Ancient History BA

Classical Civilisation BA

Classics BA

Latin BA

Joint honours
with Ancient History

Ancient History
and Archaeology BA

Ancient History
and History BA

Joint honours
with Classical Civilisation

Archaeology and
Classical Civilisation BA

Classical Civilisation
and Philosophy BA

Joint honours with Classics

Classics and English BA

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