BA Classical Studies with Study Abroad

UCAS codeQ802
Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAA-ABB; IB: 36-32
DisciplineClassics and Ancient History
Location Streatham (Exeter)


No previous knowledge of Latin or Greek is required.

Classical Studies offers you access to the culture and thought of the ancient world, through studying important literature and artefacts. Many of the texts are taught in translation, but you’ll also learn one of the classical languages in detail for two years (or three if you wish). The programme combines the traditional, rigorous attention to the nuances and subtleties of language, with some of the most exciting, innovative approaches to the ancient world. You will benefit from approaching the subject from a variety of angles, from literary, literary-critical, philosophical, cultural-historical and art-historical perspectives. You will also be encouraged to investigate the many intellectual and political ways in which the Classical world is connected to the modern world we live in today.

During your first and second year, you will study Greek and Roman literature, history and culture from translated texts. The core modules you will take are Greek and Roman Narrative and Greek and Roman Drama, running in alternate years. You’ll also study either Greek or Latin for two years and you can choose to continue this language study in your third year. A ‘fast-track’ module is available in Greek.

In your final year, you will study a central period in the literary and political history of Greece or Rome and choose three options, one of which may be a Dissertation.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The Classical Studies degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.

Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.

Year 1

Year 2

In the second year you will advance your grasp of Classics knowledge, methods, and texts through a set of compulsory modules. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.

Year 3

Students spend this year in a European University on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study.

The year abroad comprises 120 credits. Assessment is normally based on the ECTS credits gained at the partner institution abroad.

Year 4

You will study a central period in the literary and political history of Greece or Rome, and choose three options from a wide variety of modules; a dissertation may be substituted for one of the options.

Full module descriptions

For full module descriptions please visit the Classics and Ancient History website.

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32

Programmes with Study Abroad

Entry for programmes ‘with Study Abroad’ is offered on the basis that you will spend your time abroad at an institution where the teaching and examining is delivered in English. However, we also have partners that teach in French, Spanish and German. Should you wish to study at one of these institutions you will need to take modules through the Foreign Language Centre up to ‘Advanced’ standard in the appropriate language. In order to reach this standard before the year abroad, students usually need to have entered the University with the equivalent of a good GCSE or AS level (or higher) in that language.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Our teaching makes full use of seminars, study groups and web-based learning. We integrate the latest approaches with traditional lectures to give you a varied and challenging programme. In the first two years, the teaching is via both formal lectures (usually 50-70 students) and discussion based seminar groups of around 12-18 students. All third-year teaching is through discussion-based seminar groups.

You’ll receive 10 contact hours per week with staff, both teaching time and with your personal tutor. You’re also expected to invest plenty of time in independent study and contact with your study-group (for example, in preparation for seminars). The exact amount of time spent working independently varies from module to module.

We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including the increasing use of interactive, computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment, where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. You can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes, as well as interact through activities such as discussion forums.

In addition to the teaching methods described above, there are many other opportunities for you to add to your overall experience in the department. We hold mini-conferences for some modules, where students can present papers to fellow students and staff, along with weekly research seminars and monthly Classical Association lectures, with talks from leading internal and external speakers. The student-run Classics Society organises events throughout the year. Recently they have organised vibrant debates, lectures and a peer-mentoring scheme for the ancient languages, for which they receive academic support. The department also publishes its own journal, Pegasus, and our students take an active role in writing and editing this publication.

Research-inspired teaching

Teaching that is inspired by research ensures that lectures are up-to-date and relevant to your studies. You will benefit from access to the latest thinking, equipment and resources. All staff teach third year options linked to their own interests, which include the study of ancient Greek Mythology, moral concepts in Latin literature, Greek inscriptions and ancient ideas of character, food, sex, politics and religion.

Academic support

All students have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There are also a number of services on campus where you can get advice and information, including the Students’ Guild Advice Unit.


You will be assessed by coursework and exams in all your years of study. You must pass your first year modules in order to proceed, but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification. In order to be eligible for ‘with Study Abroad’ you will need to attain an average of 60% or more in your first year. The assessments in the second year, year abroad (if applicable) and final year will contribute to your final degree classification. In most modules, you will be assessed as follows: in the first year 70 per cent exams and 30 per cent coursework; in the second year 60 per cent exams and 40 per cent coursework; and in the third year 50 per cent exams and 50 per cent coursework. If you study a three-year programme, assessments in the final two years both count towards your classification, and if you study a four-year programme then the final three years all contribute.

Study abroad

A full year abroad, at one of our renowned partner institutions, is generally taken in the third year of a four year degree programme. You can apply directly for the four year ‘with Study Abroad’ programme, or transfer from another programme once you are at Exeter.


A degree in Classics and Ancient History will provide you with skills which are highly valuable to employers across many sectors.  You will develop an advanced knowledge of other cultures, learning how to think logically and independently, to interpret and critique sources, to assess evaluate information and to communicate in a sophisticated way.

Six months after graduating, 91.9%* of our Classics and Ancient History students are employed or in further study. As a Classics and Ancient History graduate, you will have an array of different industries open to you, such as museum and heritage work, education, journalism, business, and law. Our recent graduates have since secured a variety of positions, such as:

  • Editorial Assistant (Publishing)
  • Educator
  • Marketing Executive
  • PR Assistant
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Officer Cadet

Further Study

A degree in Classics and Ancient History will put you in an excellent position to pursue postgraduate study after you have graduated. Our recent graduates have since enrolled on courses such as:

  • MA History
  • MA International Relations
  • MSc Bioarchaeology
  • MSc International Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Msc Library and Information Studies

Career Zone

The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone, where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you. 

*First–degree University of Exeter graduates of Classics and Ancient History. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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Streatham Campus, Exeter

Phone: +44 (0)1392 724202

Website: Visit the Classics and Ancient History website