100% of UWTSD’s Classical Civilisation students were satisfied with the teaching on their course – NSS 2018.
If you are interested in ancient Greece and Rome - their history, literature, mythology and societies - then this degree is for you.
Why choose Classical Civilisation?
1. We provide the opportunity to study a wide array of topics and themes. You can focus your attention on mythology and religion, literature and art, or social, political and economic history as suits your tastes.
2. All students are taught through small groups, with interactive lectures, one-to-one tutorials, and seminars – all in a friendly and supportive environment.
3. Students have the opportunity to go on 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)
4. Staff have teaching and research expertise in a wide array of areas from the poetry of Ovid and Statius to the study of ancient warfare, economics, iconography, and Romano-Celtic religious practices.
5. Students have the opportunity to choose elective modules from all other humanities subjects and topics.
UCAS Code: Q820
UCAS Code (Foundation): CLF1
Institution Code: T80
3 years full-time; part-time study available
90% of UWTSD students at the School of Classics agreed that the course is well organised and is running smoothly - NSS 2016
This scheme allows you to study a wide range of modules covering not only fascinating historical figures like the Athenian statesmen Pericles, well-known military leaders like Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, as well as historical "boogy-men" like the Emperor Nero – but also the great literary output of these worlds – the Homeric epics, the tragedies, Cicero – as well as basic aspects of everyday life, such as the role of women, religion, warfare and the economy.
In the first year, modules can be taken on a wide range of literary, mythological and historical topics; in the second and third years, we offer specialised modules on all aspects of the Graeco-Roman world so that you can gain in-depth knowledge in areas of particular interest to you.
We are proud of the wide range of assessment methods used on the course, such as presentations, gobbets, and research plans so that the assessment reflects the student’s performance as a whole. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the wider research community and are always welcome to attend our monthly research seminar series, which feature speakers from around the world.
Studying Classical Civilisation with us means research-led teaching and research-active learning in an environment that allows for both full use of the virtual world and the personal approach of expert tuition.
We support very active student-led Classics and Ancient Civilisations societies, which have organised movie nights and theatre trips and put on plays themselves. Check out their Facebook pages.
In your studies you will get the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics within the ancient world. These include:
- Graeco-Roman mythology and religion
- Pivotal world leaders such as Alexander, Julius Caesar and Nero
- The daily lives of the Greeks and Romans
- Murder, intrigue and violence in Graeco-Roman politics
- Roman warfare and conquest of the Mediterranean world
A degree in Classical Civilisation involves a wide range of assessment methods. In addition to traditional gobbet work, essays and in class tests, 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 a clear, professional and 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 to obtain a array of valuable skills that will make you attractive to future employers.
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
- Library and Information Services
- Further Study
There is no one path for our Classical Civilisation 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 University of Wales Trinity Saint David ensures that our Classical Civilisation 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 Civilisation with us and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, Classical Civilisation graduates from University of Wales Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.
UK/EU Tuition Fees
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Overseas Tuition Fees
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Bursaries and Scholarships
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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.
The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.
Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.
Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.
Optional Field trip:
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-£750.
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.
The study of Classical Civilisation can be combined with an array of related subjects, from English, Creative Writing, and Philosophy to the history of the Medieval and Modern world.
For a full list of Joint courses, you can go to Joint Honours Courses
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. We make great use of the 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. The VLE also gives students a chance to revise and explore difficult topics and 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.
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA Classical Civilisation 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.