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The Exeter Award

Enhance your employability


  • combine subjects not otherwise possible at Exeter
  • cross-subject degrees to suit your interests and career ambitions
  • leads to a named degree title of the subjects you study
  • study two subjects, or sometimes three
  • create your own themed pathway
  • vary the proportion of the subjects each year
  • add vocational elements to your studies
  • opportunities for study and work abroad


First year programme - Flexible Combined Honours

Xante, Germany - reconstructed Roman city gatewayClassical Studies offers access to the culture and thought of the ancient world through its literature and artefacts. Texts are usually taught in translation, but you also have the opportunity to learn Greek or Latin during your first two years if you want.

You look at the subject from a variety of angles (literary, literary-critical, philosophical, cultural-historical, art-historical) and are also encouraged to question the many intellectual and political uses to which the Classical world is put in the modern world.

There are no compulsory modules in the first year. Choose from those available e.g.:

  • Greek and Roman Narrative - CLA1005 (30 credits)
  • Greek and Roman Drama - CLA1006 (30 credits)
  • Early Greek Poetry - CLA1401 (15 credits)
  • Ancient Novels - CLA1403 (15 credits)
  • Roman Laughter - CLA1405 (15 credits)
  • Suetonius and Imperial power - CLA1408 (15 credits)
  • Tyranny - CLA1301 (15 credits)
  • Greek Historiography to the End of the Fifth Century BC - CLA1302 (15 credits)
  • Roman Historical Writing - CLA1303 (15 credits)
  • Nature and Culture - CLA1305 (15 credits)
  • Building Communities in Archaic Greece - CLA1503 (15 credits)
  • Greek Philosophy - CLA1507 (15 credits)
  • Roman Philosophy - CLA1508 (15 credits)
  • Roman Religion - CLA1510 (15 credits)

... the choice varies each year, in part as some are taught in alternate years, which means you could take them in either your first or second years. The current list is under Classics and Ancient History on the College of Humanities' modules web page.

If you want to learn Greek or Latin, or develop your existing abilities, simply choose the appropriate language module (30 credits).

Overall the chosen modules make a total of 60 credits in this half of your Flexible Combined Honours programme.

Classics and Ancient History department.