Undergradute students studying in the George Green library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

Classical Civilisation BA

University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

Take a journey through the ancient world.

You may have come to love ancient Greece and Rome through myths and legends, books, films or museums. Now discover more, examining the political and social structures, art and visual culture, thought, religion and social life. Learn in depth about the cultural interactions of the period through the magnificent visual and material remains.

Indicative modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Interpreting Ancient Art and Archaeology

Mandatory

Year 1

Interpreting Ancient History

Mandatory

Year 1

Interpreting Ancient Literature

Mandatory

Year 1

Studying the Greek World

Mandatory

Year 1

Studying the Roman World

Optional

Year 1

Beginners' Latin or Greek: 1

Optional

Year 1

Beginners' Latin or Greek: 2

Optional

Year 1

Comparative World Prehistory

Optional

Year 1

Greek and Roman Mythology

Optional

Year 1

Rome to Revolution: Historical Archaeology of Britain

Optional

Year 1

Understanding the Past I – Introduction to Archaeology

Optional

Year 1

Understanding the Past II – Landscapes and Surveying

Optional

Year 1

History of Art: Renaissance to Revolution

Optional

Year 1

History of Philosophy

Optional

Year 1

Immigration and Ethnicity in the United States

Optional

Year 1

Modern languages modules

Optional

Year 1

Producing Film and Television

Mandatory

Year 2

Extended Source Study

Optional

Year 2

Religion and the Romans

Optional

Year 2

The Silk Road: Cultural Interactions and Perceptions

Optional

Year 2

Violence in the Roman World

Optional

Year 2

Age of Empires

Optional

Year 2

Cicero, Clodius and Milo

Optional

Year 2

The City of Rome: From Village to Metropolis

Optional

Year 2

Lucian

Optional

Year 2

Mapping the Humanities

Optional

Year 2

Greek Tyrants

Optional

Year 2

Justinian and the End of Antiquity

Optional

Year 2

Hellenistic Italy: Art and Culture from Etruria to Sicily 300-30 BC

Optional

Year 2

Classics and Comics

Optional

Year 2

Introduction to Ancient Greek Medicine

Optional

Year 2

The Archaeology of Mycenaean Greece

Optional

Year 2

School of Humanities Work Placement

Optional

Year 3

Intermediate Latin or Greek: 1 and 2

Optional

Year 3

Augustus

Optional

Year 3

Dissertation in Ancient History

Optional

Year 3

Greek Work, Class and the Economy: Good and Bad Strife

Optional

Year 3

Advanced Latin or Greek: 1 and 2

Optional

Year 3

Britain in the Later Roman Empire (c. 250-450)

Optional

Year 3

Oedipus Through the Ages

Optional

Year 3

Religion and the Romans

Optional

Year 3

The Origins and Rise of Aegean Civilisation

Optional

Year 3

The Peloponnesian War

Optional

Year 3

The Silk Road: Cultural Interactions and Perceptions

Optional

Year 3

The World of the Etruscans

Optional

Year 3

Writing History in Ancient Rome

Optional

Year 3

Augustus

Optional

Year 3

Sparta

Optional

Year 3

From Petra to Palmyra: Art and Culture in the Roman Near East

Optional

Year 3

Greek Literature in the Roman World

Optional

Year 3

Greek Tragedy: Orestes on Stage

Optional

Year 3

"Otherness" in Classical Art

Optional

Year 3

Francia in the Age of Clovis and Gregory of Tours

Optional

Year 3

Jason and the Golden Fleece

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Tuesday 3 October 2023.

You will be taught via a mixture of large-group lectures and smaller, interactive seminars. You might also be taught through tutorials and supervisions. These are one-to-one meetings or discussions with an academic tutor.

All students are assigned a personal tutor at the start of each academic year. Your personal tutor oversees your academic development and personal welfare.

Peer mentoring

All new undergraduate students are allocated a peer mentor, to help you settle into life at Nottingham.

Find out more about the support on offer.

Teaching quality

88% of our class of 2020 graduated with a 1st or 2:1 degree classification. Source: UoN student outcomes data, Annual Monitoring (QDS) Analyses 2020.

Nine academics from the Department of Classics and Archaeology have received Advance HE recognition for their contribution to education, becoming Teaching Fellows.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Field trips

Assessment methods

  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Presentation
  • Relective review
  • Written exam

You’ll have at least the following hours of timetabled contact a week through lectures, seminars and workshops, tutorials and supervisions.

  • Year one: minimum of 12 hours
  • Year two: minimum of 10 hours
  • Final year: minimum of 8 hours

Your tutors will also be available outside these times to discuss issues and develop your understanding. We reduce your contact hours as you work your way through the course. As you progress, we expect you to assume greater responsibility for your studies and work more independently.

Your tutors will all be qualified academics. Our largest lectures, 'Studying the Greek World' and 'Studying the Roman World' are typically attended by up to 150 students, whereas the corresponding seminars are typically no bigger than 15. Other popular optional module lectures may be attended by up to 100 students, with up to 25 in each seminar group.

As well as scheduled teaching, you’ll carry out extensive self-study such as:

  • reading
  • locating and analysing primary sources
  • planning and writing essays and other assessed work
  • collaborating with fellow students

As a guide, 20 credits (a typical module) is approximately 200 hours of work (combined teaching and self-study).

A degree in classical civilisation gives you a wide range of transferable skills, including:

 

  • effective communication, both written and oral
  • planning a research project
  • constructing a logical argument
  • thinking and study independently
  • the ability to synthesise and evaluate information and opinions

If you chose to study Greek and Latin, you will also have the analytical skills to understand the grammar of foreign languages, and experience of translating between cultures.

Read our Classics and Archaeology student and alumni profiles for more about the range of skills you will gain, as well as the careers which our graduates go into.

Learn more about subject-related careers opportunities from our Careers and Employability Service.

Average starting salary and career progression

78.8% of undergraduates from the Faculty of Arts secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual starting salary for these graduates was £23,974.

HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017 to 2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

Obtaining a Classical Civilisation degree has given me endless possibilities for my future and I’m so glad that I got to experience university at Nottingham. As much as the students make the experience, the lecturers make the modules, and it doesn’t get any better than the Classics Department! 

Talia Mitchell

Classical Civilisation BA

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