Department of Classics

Masters-level professional development modules

Alongside the discipline-specific modules offered within your school or department, you will also have the option to take professional development modules offered across the Faculty of Arts.

These modules are designed to help you apply your specialist masters training in a careers context. They will provide you with the professional skills to enhance your employability in a range of possible areas and may also be a useful foundation for a PhD project and an academic career.

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Professional development modules permit arts and humanities students to gain practical work experience in a range of subject-relevant environments, including schools. 

Professional development modules

V44200 Exhibition Histories and Practices

30 Credits, convened by Lucy Bradnock, Department of History of Art

This module examines the issues and debates that surround curatorial practices in the visual arts. Through historical and contemporary case studies, gallery visits and visiting speakers, students will examine a range of approaches to curating and exhibition making.  The module will be relevant to students with an interest in exhibitions as a medium for the production and dissemination of knowledge, and offers them an opportunity to participate in collaborative projects and to develop an exhibition proposal of their own design.


Q44339 Engaging Minds: Outreach in the Classroom

30 credits – convened by Stephanie Lewthwaite, Widening Participation Officer, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

This module provides an introduction to outreach in the primary school sector. The module offers a tailor-made training programme that will lead to a placement in a local school based on developing pupils’ awareness of and engagement with the Arts and Humanities. The training will include sessions on working with small groups of children of primary school age (Key Stage 2) and will allow you to plan appropriate classroom activities to help develop pupils’ independent learning and enquiry into the Arts and Humanities. The placement will give you the opportunity to present your research interests and skills in an educational setting and to consider the importance of the Arts and Humanities within the primary school curriculum. You will be supported in your training and practice by the module convenor, the University’s Widening Participation team, teachers and Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)


Q34544 Textualities: Defining, Making and Using Text

30 credits – convened by Nicola Royan, School of English

This module investigates the ways issues in modern editorial theory—the nature of authorship, what constitutes an ‘authoritative’ text, and the inevitably embodied nature of textuality—illuminates our understanding of literary creativity. Students will examine different concepts of textuality—including copy-texts, plural or ‘mobile’ texts, and digital texts—and different theories of text-editing, such as ‘first’ and ‘final’ intention editing, ‘social’ and ‘eclectic’ texts, and genetic editing. This module will be of interest to any students studying literary works from any period, genre and language, as well as those planning a career in fields relating to textual production such as publishing, editing, journalism, creative writing. Students will have an opportunity to reflect on editorial practice as they have encountered it, and also to undertake practice themselves.


Modern Languages  

15 credits – convened by the Language Centre

These modules will provide you with language training ranging from beginners to more advanced levels. This may be useful for your masters course or a future PhD, and also in seeking employment in professions based overseas or with an international presence in the UK. In 2016–17, it is expected that the following language modules will be offered at various levels:

  • Arabic
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Modern Greek
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

It is your responsibility to check the timetable for these modules to make sure classes are compatible with your other modules. For enrolment on to these modules, please attend one of the Language Centre enrolment sessions.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in modules in Classical Greek and Latin (30-credit, year-long) offered by the Department of Classics: please consult Dr Lynn Fotheringham (Classics) if you are interested.



† Students in American and Canadian Studies, French and Francophone Studies, Russian and Slavonic Studies; and Classics, History, History of Art, Music, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies will normally be able to take two 15-credit modules, or one 30-credit module. Part-time students will also normally be able to register for these modules, but should discuss options with their course leader. 

Modules are not currently available via distance learning.

The modules listed above are provisional and subject to change. Participation on all the modules depends on them being compatible with the timetable for the modules taken within your department, and with the course syllabus. The modules may also be capped, so (like any subsidiary module) registration on to them cannot be guaranteed. Not all modules are available for all courses.


The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example research developments or legislative changes. This list is an example of typical modules that we offer, not a definitive list.


If you have questions about any of these options, please contact Dr Jonathan Tallant, Head of Postgraduate Teaching, Faculty of Arts

Subsidiary modules

Instead of the modules outlined above, you have the option to take up to 30 credits of modules from a list of masters-level modules offered by different disciplines across the Faculty of Arts. 

Further details on all of these modules can be found in the online module catalogue


Postgraduate courses by department

School of Humanities

All modules are available to students of the following School of Humanities departments.



History of Art



Theology and Religious

School of Cultures Languages and Area Studies

All modules are available to students in selected departments and selected courses within the School of CLAS:


American and Canadian

Modern Languages and Cultures


Comparative Literature


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