BA Philosophy and Classical Studies


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A Joint Honours programme in Philosophy and Classical 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

UCAS Code: VQ58
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years

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

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One part of the programme, Philosophy is different from other academic disciplines in that it teaches you not what to think, but how to think. Philosophy explores the big questions – Who are we? What is our place in the world? How should we live? What is reality? Philosophy approaches such questions through argument, but also through vision and imagination. Philosophy is different from other academic disciplines in that it teaches you not what to think, but how to think. Philosophy explores the big questions - Who are we? What is our place in the world? How should we live? What is reality? Philosophy approaches such questions through argument, but also through vision and imagination. Philosophy concerns every aspect of our lives, practical as well as theoretical. Through its grounding in real social relations and human activities, it seeks to understand and address the whole spectrum of social, ethical, environmental and political issues of today. Through Philosophy, we are able not only to understand life, but to shape it.

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.

  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Applied Ethics
  • Anthropology in Context
  • Imagining the Other
  • 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
  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme based on your favourite subjects
  • Training in historical research methods
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • Wide range of modules
  • Dynamic classes exploring real world issues
  • Transferable interpersonal skills
  • Opportunity to develop independent research projects
  • Opportunities to study abroad and to undertake volunteer work
  • Taught by tutors who research and publish in their chosen fields
  • Field trips and visits to archives and record offices
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to study and understanding of the past

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1000 to 4000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wiki’s, commentaries and film evaluations.

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.

You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. It will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment. Types of employment could include museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching.

  • Teaching/ education officer
  • Local Government, community, local politics
  • Journalism
  • Law and advocacy
  • Fund-raising, management consultancy, research
  • Publishing
  • Race relations, community, social work, caring professions
  • Business
  • Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
  • Postgraduate research
  • Politics
  • General administrative and management posts; civil service

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 fieldtrip 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 Fieldtrip 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. 

For any students considering studying BA Philosophy and Classical Studies at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.