BA Classical Studies and Religious Studies


MClass Classical Civilisation

A Joint Honours programme in Classical Studies and Religious Studies offers students the opportunity to study an innovative inter-disciplinary course that marries two of their favourite humanities subjects.

Students will be able to shape their own degree path by selecting from a large range of topics covering both subject areas.

Key Facts

Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Location:
Lampeter
School/Faculty:
Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Email:
fhpadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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The Classical Studies part of the programme will offer students the opportunity to explore their interest in the cultures, literatures and languages of the ancient world, then this is the programme for you. A degree in Classical Studies gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of modules from mythology to religion and all genres of ancient literature, such as epic, tragedy, comedy and satire. Modules exploring the influence of the ancient world on modern popular culture, such as film and literature, are also available. Study of ancient language is an option but not compulsory. In the first year, modules can be taken on a wide range of periods and themes; in the second and third years, the School offers specialised modules on all aspects of Greco-Roman literature and culture so that you can gain in-depth knowledge in areas of particular interest to you.

The second part of the programme, in Religious studies, will offer students the opportunity to explore Religion as it relates to all aspects of human life. Religion has impacted on politics, society and the environment, and through its historical and contemporary influence it has shaped the world around us. Indeed, we cannot truly understand the world, and even ourselves, without comprehending religions in all their diversity. This course is designed to help students understand religions in their cultural, social, and historical contexts. You will examine the roles that religions play in the pressing issues of our era.

The programme takes students beyond superficial media coverage of contemporary events into deeper issues of history, identity, and the implications of religious commitment for issues of world concern. The course covers an extensive array of contemporary, thematic and historical topics and a wide range of religious traditions. This gives students a real insight into the human condition and the multiplicity of religious beliefs and practices in the world. You will have an opportunity to visit places of worship and other sites of significance for the study of religion, culture and society, as well as acquiring practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures and religions.

  • Life and Culture in Classical Antiquity
  • Reading Antiquity: A Survey of Ancient Literature
  • Augustan Lovers
  • The Legends of Alexander the Great
  • Staging Antiquity: Drama in the Ancient World
  • The Muses’ Playground: Epic in Antiquity
  • Magic in Antiquity
  • Asian Religious Traditions
  • Introduction to Religion, Culture and Society
  • International Study Tour
  • Women and Religion
  • Islam in the West
  • Sects, Self and Society
  • Chinese Religion and Culture
  • Imagining the Other: Theories of Religion
  • Jesus through Faith and Culture
  • Exploring Ritual
  • Sex and Violence: Religion in the Modern World
  • Satan and his World of Darkness
  • Religions in Antiquity
  • Media, Religion and Society

A degree in Classical Studies and Religious Studies gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of modules from mythology to religion, from ancient Greek including all genres of ancient literature, such as epic, tragedy, comedy and satire to modern TV evangelism.

In the first year, modules can be taken on a wide range of periods and themes; in the second and third years, we offer specialised modules so that you can gain in-depth knowledge in areas of particular interest to you.

Options are also available to study selected modules in the wider Faculty of Humanities, for example in Theology, Chinese History, English and Philosophy.

All students have the opportunity to pursue their own interests and conduct their own research in the second-year independent project and the third-year dissertation.

A wide range of assessment methods used on the course, such as essays, gobbets, slide presentations, examinations and bibliographic exercises, so that the assessment reflects the student’s performance as a whole.

There is a strong sense of community amongst our students and staff, where you will always be part of the vibrant Faculty .

The classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know you on a first name basis. Our tutors support very active student-led Classics and Religious studies societies, which have organised movie nights and theatre trips and put on plays themselves.

Key Features

  • Learn in small teaching groups
  • Explore all aspects of ancient literatures and cultures
  • Begin or continue the study of Latin or ancient Greek
  • Expert tuition in a friendly and supportive environment
  • Local and international field trips, as well as study abroad opportunities with our partners at Bologna (Italy), Tarragona (Spain) and Hobart and William Smith (USA)

A degree in Classical Studies and Religious Studies involves a wide range of assessment methods. In addition to traditional gobbet work, essays and exams, you will be assessed through bibliographic exercises, presentations – oral and PowerPoint based, at both individual and group level – creation of abstracts, reflective reports, in-house conference papers, article reviews, take home exams, group wikis, creation of project plans and, of course, the dissertation. This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in clear, professional and a lucid manner, whether orally or in writing.

This breadth of assessment type creates variety in the student experience, allowing you to explore the subject in different ways, and also embeds within the programme the specific employability skills desired, indeed required, by employers today.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

  • Media and Publishing
  • Business and Commerce
  • Teaching
  • Library and Information Services
  • Further Study

There is no one path for our graduates. The traditional routes of teaching, museum and heritage, the civil service and research – governmental, academic and media – are still pursued by our graduating cohort.

However, the programme of embedded employability  ensures that our Ancient History graduates have the skills set and confidence to explore a wide variety of career paths.

Indeed, our graduating students have explored options from outdoors sports instructors to prison superintendents, from the Armed Forces to careers in the medical environment, with a good selection of entrepreneurial spirits applying what they have learnt to the creation of their own companies.

Taking all that they have gained from studying Classical Studies and Religious Studies with us and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, Classical Studies graduates from Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page

There is an optional field trip connected to a module for second and third year students to the Mediterranean to allow students to visit ancient sites first hand. The Faculty subsidises this trip but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. The Faculty aims to keep the cost in the range £400-£700.

For the Field trip modules, a deposit is usually required in September/October to ensure a place with the full cost due in December/January. Payment is made to the Finance Office on campus or through the online payment facility. 

There is an optional field trip connected to a module for second and third year students to visit religious sites first hand. The Faculty subsidises this trip but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. The Faculty aims to keep the cost in the range £400-£700. 

Our students enjoy the use of an excellent suite of subject-specific resources, both electronic and hard-copy at the Learning Resources Centre. All our modules are taught with the support of innovative e-learning techniques via our Virtual Learning Environment. The School of Classics makes great use of its VLE: we podcast and/or vidcast every lecture, post all PowerPoints and handouts and utilise the space for links, discussions and group work. Our VLE is a live forum through which students and staff can interact, through which students are able better to revise and explore difficult topics and through which students are better able to access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.

All our modules are taught by specialists and active researchers. The influence of our research on our teaching offers our students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries, whilst our independent study modules allow you to explore your passion in its entirety. There are also opportunities available for study abroad.