BA Classical Studies

  • Classical Studies

Interested 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 range of material from mythology to religion and all genres of ancient literature, such as epic, tragedy, comedy and satire. Study of ancient language is an option but not compulsory.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: Q810
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Name:
Dr Errietta Bissa
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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.

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.

The School is proud of the 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 Classics family.

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

  • 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

Key Features

  • Explore all aspects of ancient literatures and cultures
  • Specialise in mythology and/or literature
  • 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 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 Classical Studies 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 Classical Studies 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 offered by the School of Classics at University of Wales Trinity Saint David 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 with us and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, Classical Studies graduates from University of Wales Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.

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 hand-outs 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.