At a glance
- Study all aspects of ancient Greece and Rome, whether you have studied classics before or are new to the subject
- Learn in a department that achieved 95% for overall student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey
- Have the freedom to study any element of classics in your second-year project, in a department that is ranked 4th in the UK for research power*
* Research Excellence Framework, 2014.
What is Classics?
Classics is the study of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds and of their influence. The fascination of the classical world lies in its cultural richness and in the fact that we have direct access to it through surviving works of Greek and Roman writers, and through artistic and archaeological evidence. Studying the history, literature, society, art and thought of classical antiquity offers an opportunity to explore two cultures that have exercised a crucial formative influence on modern civilisation, and provided foundations for western society.
How will I study?
Teaching for most modules is by a mixture of lectures and seminars. Final-year special subjects are usually taught by seminar alone. Where appropriate, we organise visits – for example, to the British Museum. We also provide Latin and Greek language teaching at all levels.
For all classics courses, you will take survey modules in the first year, along with more in-depth modules which focus on art, history and literature. You will also have the opportunity to begin or continue an ancient language.
In the second and third years, you will choose from a wide range of modules to suit your own interests.You can undertake an innovative Independent Second-Year Project on a subject of your own choice, and extended study of an ancient source and/or a key piece of scholarship prepares you for a third-year dissertation.
If you are a single honours student you will take a combination of compulsory and optional modules during your three years at Nottingham, mainly from those offered by the Department of Classics, but also from a choice of subsidiary modules from outside the Department.
A joint honours degree is split between your two subjects so the classics half of your degree is normally made up of 60 credits each year (although regulations for some joint honours courses allow for a 50/70 split each year to accommodate your module choices).
For the joint honours course in History and Ancient History see the Department of History’s information. For the joint honours course in Classics and English see the School of English’s information. For the joint honours course in Classical Civilisation and Philosophy see the Department of Philosophy’s information.
Assessment is by a mixture of written coursework, seminar presentations and reports, projects, dissertations and exams. Successful completion of the first year allows progression to the second, and the final degree classification is determined by work in the second and final years, with more weight given to the final year.
School of Humanities work placement module
This optional second-year module gives you direct experience of a workplace, through a part-time professional placement.
In the first semester you will attend ten 2-hour weekly seminars, and three individual tutorials.
In the second semester you will spend one day a week for 6-8 weeks working at a local external organisation, as well as attending three individual tutorials/seminars.
Assessment includes a portfolio assembled over the year - including CV, cover letters, reflective blog posts and presentation, and a written research report that examines the function of the placement organisation in the context of the wider sector.
Classics graduates find careers in many walks of life, including the media, commerce and industry, central and local government, teaching, law and accountancy. All our courses are designed to enable you to develop a wide range of skills and qualities that will be of value to you, whether you continue on to further study or enter employment.
In 2015, 90% of first-degree graduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,027 with the highest being £30,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2014/15.
We offer opportunities to study in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States. Further information can be found on our study abroad
web pages. The Classics department also offers an exchange programme
with the Humboldt University in Berlin, with a focus on ancient visual culture.
Application and interview
Offers are usually made without interview. Students with non-standard entry requirements, including students who have been out of education for a significant period, may be invited to an interview.
For dates of our open days visit the open day
pages. UCAS visit days for students who have been offered a place are held in February and March. You are welcome to visit us at other times: please contact the Admissions Officer.