BA Classical Studies with Heritage Management

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The major/minor programme in Classical Studies with Heritage Management is a programme designed to allow students to indulge their love of the Ancient world and its classical literature, with various aspects of the Heritage sector, be that Heritage interpretation and display, museums, archives, heritage management and/or tourism.‌

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UCAS Code: 7G34
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time; part-time study available

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Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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The major part of the programme, Classical Studies, 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 minor part of the programme introduces students to ideas and issues surrounding the field of Heritage Management and amounts to 40 credits or two modules per year. This part of the programme is specifically designed to enhance a student’s knowledge of Heritage in its broadest sense and to provide an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the Heritage sector or cultural industries more generally.

Running through all the modules is clear emphasis on enhancing the employability potential of our students, notably through a compulsory work placement, and for those that wish, the opportunity to do a practice-based, work-related Dissertation. Students also acquire an understanding of heritage marketing and various data management and analysis methods.

Typical modules include:

  • 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
  • Introduction to Heritage
  • Heritage Marketing
  • Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
  • Heritage Data Management
  • Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
  • Heritage Management: sustainable tourism
  • Museums
  • Museums, Heritage and Representation

A degree in Classical Studies with Heritage Management gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of modules from mythology to the modern Heritage Industry, from ancient Greek, including all genres of ancient literature, such as epic, tragedy, comedy and satire, to tourism.

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 are 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 among 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 a very active student-led Classics society which has organised movie nights and theatre trips and put on plays.

Key Features:

  • Learn in small teaching groups
  • Excellent links to the Heritage sector  CADW, EH, NT
  • Staff experience and specialist knowledge in the field of Heritage
  • Explore all aspects of ancient literatures and cultures
  • Work placement in local museum or archive
  • Field trips to local sites and heritage centres
  • 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 with Heritage Management 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 a 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.

Career and employment opportunities include:

  • Media and Publishing
  • Business and Commerce
  • Teaching
  • Library and Information Services
  • Further Study
  • Heritage sector
  • Museum and archive management
  • Education officers
  • Business and administration
  • Heritage Administration
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Tourism

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 Heritage Management 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.

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.

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. 

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