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  • Objectives
    The course aims to: -develop and encourage students' interest in the literature, history and culture of the classical world, by providing a broadly based and challenging curriculum including course-units that are innovative and stimulating, informed by the research expertise of the teaching staff, and examined by a range of methods of assessment; -train students in the methods, techniques and approaches necessary for the critical study of Greek and Roman literature, history and culture, based on extensive reading of classical texts; -help students to work independently and to organise effectively their own schedules of personal study;produce graduates with the transferable cognitive skills necessary to equip them for employment, postgraduate study, or further training; -make available progressive language courses in Latin and/or Greek, starting from elementary, intermediate or advanced level, consolidating any existing knowledge of the language(s) and developing particularly reading knowledge but also some active competence and other language-based and language-related skills. Although language study is not required, all students are encouraged to take a language option, and if successful to continue language study throughout the programme, and thus to follow a `language pathway'
  • Entry requirements
    Selected entry requirements English language: Minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent; eg. NCUK EAP minimum Grade of A with range of 70-79 TOEFL: PBT score of 600; CBT score of 250; TWE score of 5.5; IBT score of 100. A level: Grades ABB-BBB. Two AS-levels accepted in place of one A-level. General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer. Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes. GCSE: English Language at minimum of grade C. Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University. International baccalaureate: 33-32 points overall to include 5 or 6 at Higher level in three subjects. Additional entry requirements Additional entry requirements exist for this course. You may view these by selecting from the list below.
  • Academic Title
    BA Classical Studies
  • Course description
    Course description
    Classical Studies is a highly flexible programme which offers a broad-based study of the culture and history of the Greek and Roman worlds. It allows all students the opportunity to take either Greek or Latin (or both) at any level including beginners' courses, though you can take the programme without studying language. Students also take specialist courses, which may include ancient literature, history, religion, philosophy, art and archaeology. There is a wide range of styles of teaching, including lectures, seminars, small-group tutorials and virtual seminars via the web.

    Course content for year 1
    Please note that reference to modules is intended to be a guide only - course content or availability may change slightly as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly. 

    At all levels you will have the opportunity to take approved courses in other disciplines such as Archaeology, Philosophy, and History of Art. 

    During your first year you will take courses on Greek and Latin literature, an introductory course of Greek or Roman History, and additional courses chosen from a wide range of available options in language, literature, and ancient history.

    Course content for year 2
    Please note that reference to modules is intended to be a guide only - course content or availability may change slightly as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly.  

    At all levels you will have the opportunity to take approved courses in other disciplines such as Archaeology, Philosophy, and History of Art. 

    In your second year you progress to courses such as those on Theories and Mythology, Through Cicero's Eyes, Roman Love Elegy and further optional courses in language, literature, and ancient history.  There is an opportunity to pursue studies abroad during the second year.

    Course content for year 3
    Please note that reference to modules is intended to be a guide only - course content or availability may change slightly as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly. 

    At all levels you will have the opportunity to take approved courses in other disciplines such as Archaeology, Philosophy, and History of Art. 

    In the third year you will take advanced courses on subjects such as Gods, Kings and Heroes: The Poetry of Ancient Greece; Archaic Greek Poetry; Greek Tragedy; together with specialised options from a wide range of advanced courses in language, literature, and history. You will also submit a thesis on a subject of your choice - a piece of supervised work based on independent research and presented in a professional and scholarly format.

    Career opportunities
    A classical studies degree opens many doors and is highly prized by employers. We see our graduates take up jobs in museum or gallery management, publishing, the media, the Civil Service, industry, banking, accountancy, retail management and law, as well as teaching.

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