Greek and Latin (Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma)

PG Dip Greek and Latin

The Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Greek and Latin provide a self-contained period of structured but challenging study for anyone who wishes to pursue their interest in both the Greek and Latin languages. 

This programme focuses exclusively on the aquisition and/or development of the Ancient Greek and Latin languages. Our language teaching system is split into different levels, allowing students to study each language from beginner level right up to advanced.  Each year two texts/authors are chosed for each language; one text is prose, the other is verse.  The texts and authors change each year and you will have the opportunity to read both canonical and non-canonical authors. Examples of works studied in the past few years are: Petronius, Columella, Ovid, Claudian and Statius in Latin and the Homeric Hymns, Plato, Diodirus, Sophocles and Euripides in Greek.  

Key Facts

Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
PGDip: 1-3 years
PGCert: 1 year

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These programmes offer students the opportunity to focus on the acquisition and/or development of both Greek and Latin and can be started at beginners, intermediate or advanced level depending on their linguistic ability.

The PGDip is a postgraduate degree comprised of 120 credits (six taught modules) of postgraduate study. Students are normally expected to complete the programme over a period no longer than two years, taking 80 credits in the first year of the programme and 40 credits in the second year.

The PGCert is a postgraduate degree comprised of 60 credits (three taught modules) of postgraduate study.

Our language system covers two main levels: Intensive and Advanced.

There are two Intensive modules for each language. Intensive I always runs in the first semester (September to January) and starts from complete beginners level, hence is the natural starting point for anyone who has no or very little knowledge of the language. Intensive II is the continuation of Intensive I and always runs in the second semester (February to May). Upon successful completion of both Intensive modules, a student is ready to go on to Advanced level and work directly with unadapted ancient texts. The Intensive modules are designed to provide you with high level knowledge of grammar and syntax, and a good vocabulary. Each Intensive module is worth 30 credits, and you need to commit at least 23 hours per week (throughout the semester, so over 15 weeks, including examinations) to your language learning.

Advanced-level modules are in three separate levels: Advanced, Further Advanced and Higher Advanced. As you progress through the advanced-level modules, you will read a greater quantity of ancient texts, and be asked to complete more challenging work in terms of the literary and linguistic investigation of the text. Every year there are two texts/authors chosen for each language: one text is prose, the other is verse. The texts and authors change every year, and students have the opportunity to read both canonical and non-canonical authors. Over the last few years, we have read Petronius, Columella, Ovid, Claudian and Statius in Latin, and the Homeric Hymns, Plato, Diodorus, Sophocles and Euripides in Greek. 

The PG Diploma and Certificate in Greek and Latin are mainly of interest to those who want to learn or advance their existing knowledge of both Greek and Latin. One can start on either of the two programmes from complete beginners’ level, intermediate or advanced, based on their existing qualifications and knowledge. For those who have been studying Greek or Latin privately, we offer a test to place them in the correct level of language learning. PhD candidates, or those planning to embark on a PhD, can use these degrees to increase their competency in the ancient languages. For those interested in teaching Greek or Latin at any level, the degrees can provide an internationally recognised qualification. The degrees in Greek and Latin are available only as part-time options.

Specifically for language learners who study at a distance, the School provides the support of dedicated distance language tutors for all its language modules. The distance language tutors provide assistance and support to language learners, as well as interim feedback on assessment. The distance learning tutors work alongside the module lecturers in providing material for language study to distance learners. All language modules include an examination; examination arrangements are communicated to distance learners by the TSD Registry, and distance learners can ask for the support of the School in making arrangements for examinations. 

Our language degrees in Greek and Latin involve a wide range of assessment methods. In addition to traditional essays and exams, you will be assessed through commentaries and in-class tests. This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in clear, professional and a lucid manner, whether orally or in writing.

The entry requirement for these degrees is a 2.2 undergraduate degree. In addition, the School encourages students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience to apply.

The programme provides a strong foundation for postgraduate work, by laying particular stress on the languages.

The course also provides a professional qualification for teachers or others seeking Continuing Professional Development.

Frequently Asked Questions 

I have an A Level in Latin and/or Greek, but I have not studied several years. Do I have to start at beginners’ level?

We offer our students the opportunity to sit a placement test to ascertain their level of current knowledge of either ancient Greek or Latin, so that they can start their studies with us at the correct level. 

Can I take a module over the summer?

No, you cannot. All of our language modules are strictly semesterised. 

Residential Study

Students can study for any of our degrees residentially on the Lampeter campus. Classes take place between Monday and Friday during the teaching semesters. On average, a full-time student is expected to attend eight hours of classes every week. All non-linguistic classes are very small, usually not more than 5 students, while language class sizes depend on the level of study, hence beginners’ languages often attract some 15 students, while advanced languages have an average class-size of 5 students. 

Distance Learning

All our degrees are available to distance learners, and indeed the greater part of our postgraduate cohort is comprised of distance learners. Every student has access to all module materials, including reading lists, on the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). All modules are taught by our lecturers, and are designed to be accessible and friendly to learning at a distance. Many of the modules are delivered in a blended fashion with use of video and audio presentations by the lecturers on each individual topic. It is essential that distance learners have a good internet access, as well as use of computer facilities; the university offers all distance students individual support in accessing material from home. The Trinity Saint David Learning Resources Centre provides access to a variety of electronic academic material to distance learners, including more than 1000 Classics e-books, 70 Classics e-journals, and a number of specialised Classics e-resources.