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94% of UWTSD’s Classics students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating – NSS 2017.

A degree in Classics is for you if you want to focus on the languages of the Classical world. You will also get the opportunity to study and explore the literatures and cultures of Greece and Rome.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: Q800
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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Language Choice

Typical modules include:

  • Latin or ancient Greek at beginners, intermediate and advanced level (as appropriate)
  • From Gods to CGI: an Introduction to Classical Mythology
  • Athens vs. Rome: Life and Culture in Classical Antiquity
  • Reading Antiquity: A Survey of Ancient Literature

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • You will develop your skills in both languages and thus gain direct access to some of the most famous works in world literature. The culmination of the degree is the dissertation, where you are free to pursue a topic of your choice in line with our range of research and publication specialisms.
  • Throughout your studies, you are taught by experts in the field to make sure that cutting-edge research is included in your programme. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the wider research community and are always welcome at our research seminar series, which feature speakers from around the world.
  • Incorporated into our Classics degree are opportunities for study abroad with our partners at Bologna (Italy), Tarragona (Spain) and Hobart and William Smith (USA).
  • While on Lampeter Campus, the ratio of staff to students is such that students have ready and easy access to all their lecturers. Smaller than average group sizes, particularly for language tuition, means that classes are always friendly and are never intimidating. Staff in the School get to know most, if not all, of their students on a first name basis.
  • The ratio of staff to students also means that we offer an excellent student support network. Every student in the School has a personal tutor, and the School’s dedicated Student Support Liaison Officer is always on hand should extra support be needed.
  • We also support very active student-led Classics and Ancient Civilisations societies, which have organised movie nights and theatre trips and put on plays themselves.


A degree in Classics involves a wide range of assessment methods. In addition to traditional timed tests, literary criticisms and exams, you will be assessed through presentations – oral and PowerPoint based, at both individual and group level – bibliographic exercises, creation of abstracts, in-house conference papers, creation of project plans and, of course, the dissertation.

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 Classics programme the specific employability skills desired, indeed required, by employers today.

This degree has an initial requirement of an A Level (or equivalent) in either ancient Greek or Latin. Besides this, we are interested in 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.  

Career and employment opportunities include:

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

There is no one path for our Classics 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 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 Classics with us and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, Classics graduates from University of Wales 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. 

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, while our independent study modules allow you to explore your passion in its entirety. There are also opportunities available for study abroad.