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Classical Studies (MClass (Hons))

Course Description

Classical Studies at Winchester explores the civilisation of ancient Greece and Rome, and its legacy that has fundamentally shaped all later civilisations including that of today. It is a multidisciplinary course that melds History, Archaeology, Art, Drama, Literature and Philosophy.

Programme Content

Students may wish to pursue the three year BA (Hons) Classical Studies pathway or the four year MClass (Hons) Classical Studies pathway.

Study begins by establishing a framework of Classical history, both chronologically and geographically. It introduces Classical archaeology, art and architecture (for example temples, sculpture and inscriptions); Classical drama (comedy and tragedy); literature (epics and lyrics); and philosophy (Socrates and Plato). It explores the nature of each discipline and how each is best studied as the foundation for the rest of the degree. Classical languages are introduced in Year 2.

Students take a range of modules in Years 2, 3 and 4 such as Civilisation, Theme, Depth and Comparative Studies that further develop understanding of the Classical world.

Theme Studies explore continuity and change in the Roman household or depictions in film. Civilisation Studies explore one sub-period (for example, Fifth Century Athens) in the round, covering mythology and drama, democracy and war.

Students take two Depth Studies that establish a comprehensive knowledge of a particular period through primary and secondary sources. It is the Comparative Studies that particularly explore the Classical legacy in art and literature in subsequent centuries.

The two culminations of the degree are the dissertation in Year 3 and the summative paper paving the way for more advanced research in Year 4.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/mclass-hons-classical-studies.aspx

Learning and Teaching

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (ie lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of students within the university.

Key features of the student experience are:

The opportunity to undertake the University of Winchester's Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP) which engages students in work with academics on a genuine research project (e.g. categorising inscriptions), so that they engage first-hand in cutting-edge scholarly activity and build vital transferable skills for the future

Established exchanges with partner institutions in the USA and Europe (including the American University in Bulgaria)

Field trips to enhance student's knowledge and understanding with practical experiences (for example, to Fishbourne Roman palace)

Variety of work and volunteer placements to both national and local institutions (for example, art galleries, the British Museum)


At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


Graduates work in museums or art galleries, whilst others work in teaching, retailing, the arts, marketing and local, regional and national government.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice.

Visit the Classical Studies (MClass (Hons)) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

260-300 points. If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent.

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