BA English and Classical Civilisation

  • BA English and Classical Studies

A degree in English and Classical Civilisation is for you if you want to explore the cultures, literatures and languages of both the ancient and modern worlds.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: QQ38
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
Three years full-time; part-time study available

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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This joint honours degree attempts to reveal how ancient and modern societies talked about their worlds, how they lived, what they wrote, and how their literary and mythological outputs are embedded in and tell us about their lives. Both share an interest in ideas of identity, agency and representation, and will foster a critical and reflective understanding of ideas, language and cultural assumptions. You will get the opportunity to study a wide range of modules from mythology to religion and from classical literature to Tom Wolfe. You will also explore all genres of ancient, medieval and modern literature, such as epic, tragedy, comedy and satire.

In the first year, modules can be taken on a wide range of periods and themes. We also offer field trips both in the UK and overseas and encourage students to make use of our world-leading Roderic Bowen archive. The English part of the programme combines a commitment to the large historical picture of English (from Beowulf to contemporary literature) with a responsiveness to new directions and concerns of the subject precipitated by developments in critical and cultural theory. 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.

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 the degree are opportunities for study abroad with our partners at Bologna (Italy), Tarragona (Spain) and Hobart and William Smith (USA). However, whether with us here on the Lampeter campus or exploring study abroad, you will always be part of the vibrant Humanities family. There is a strong sense of community among our students and staff, and the ratio of staff to students is such that students can have ready and easy access to all their lecturers. The small classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know you on a first-name basis.

Typical modules include:

  • Staging Antiquity: Drama in the Ancient World
  • Anglo-Saxon Heroic Literature
  • Debating Medieval Identity: The Thrown Voices of the Canterbury Tales
  • The Renaissance
  • From Gods to CGI: an Introduction to Classical Mythology and its Receptions
  • The Muses’ Playground: Epic in Antiquity

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Innovative learning through our e-learning platform
  • Explore all aspects of ancient and medieval literatures and cultures
  • Expert tuition in a friendly and supportive environment
  • World-leading Roderic Bowen Library and Archives with many medieval manuscripts
  • Ideal area with sites ranging from prehistoric hill forts and monuments to Roman gold mines and imposing medieval complexes
  • Informative field trips to local, national and worldwide sites
  • Opportunity for in-depth project work and work placements

Assessment methods

A degree in English and Classical Civilisation 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, timed essays, in-house conference papers 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 Classical Studies and English programme the specific employability skills desired, indeed required, by employers today.

Learning and Teaching methods

Providing our students with a range of learning opportunities and excellent teaching is the primary aim of the School of Classics. We employ innovative methods and approaches that enhance our students’ learning throughout their studies.

All our degrees are modular. Full-time students are required to take 120 credits at each level of study. A full-time student will normally take six modules a year, each worth 20 credits – three per semester. Part-time students are required to take between 40 and 60 credits a year.

All our undergraduate modules are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Lectures offer students the opportunity to be introduced into specific aspects of a module. Seminars are opportunities for group-discussion and debate. Workshops allow students to explore aspects of a module in an autonomous fashion, often in a practical manner, under the lecturer’s supervision. On average, undergraduate students spend around 12 hours per week in class and around 30 hours per week in class and assignment preparation.

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, 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.

Studying Classical Studies and English with us here at Trinity Saint David 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.

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
  • Library and information services
  • Further study
  • Journalism
  • Arts management
  • Teaching

Employment details

There is no one path for our Classical Civilisation and English graduates. The traditional routes of teaching, publishing 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 and the benefit of gaining skills from two separate academic schools ensures that you have a broad skill set and the confidence to utilise it.

Our graduates have explored options from journalism to the civil service, from web-based careers to working with film and from freelance writing to event management. Taking all that they have gained from studying Classical Studies and English and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, Classical Studies and English graduates from University of Wales Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees

Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

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 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. 

Visiting the University

For any students considering studying BA English 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.