The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Ten reasons to study Classical & Archaeological Studies at Kent
The variety of modules on the course was definitely the best thing for me, you get a lot of choice in what to study and are never limited to certain modules. The campus itself is beautiful, and the city centre is such a relaxing place to study. My course involves a lot of reading, and I often sat on Tyler Hill to do it as it’s so tranquil.
- Excellent department - The Guardian University Guide 2013 has ranked Kent 14th and 15th respectively for Classics and Archaeology out of the 34 UK Universities offering these courses. This means that the teaching, student experience, and research in were all highly rated.
- Student Satisfaction - Classical & Archaeological Studies has achieved high rankings in the National Student Survey 2012. In terms of overall student satisfaction, Classical Studies was ranked 4th, with an impressive 96% of students satisfied with the course, and 5th for Archaeology with 95% satisfied students. This represents recognition by current students of our high quality and unique student experience.
- Small Group Teaching - At the very heart of a degree programme is the teaching, at Kent we have maintained small group teaching. We regard this as a fundamental aspect for students and all our modules include weekly seminars, in which students discuss, ask questions and actively learn. Some modules include the study of artefacts in a museum or active participation in archaeological fieldwork.
- Flexibility - Building on the bedrock of a successful first year, students have considerable freedom of choice over the subjects to be studied: some choose to exclusively study modules in Ancient History, Archaeology or Classical Literature; whilst others prefer a more interdisciplinary choice. You can even learn Ancient Greek or Latin, starting at beginners, intermediate or advanced levels.
- Research excellence - Research interests at Kent are various, and include Ancient History and Literature, Archaeology, as well as the Roman, Byzantine and Medieval eras. C&AS is also part of several joint research projects, such as the Centre for the History of Archaeology, the Centre for Late Antique Archaeology, and the Kent Archaeological Resource Centre.
- Careers and Employability - Classics and Archaeological Studies students go on to a wide range of careers, including Archaeology, Heritage industry, Business, Journalism, Civil Service and Teaching. Due to the excellent support provided by the Careers and Employability Service, The Guardian University Guide 2013 ranked Kent 1st in the UK for graduating students' career prospects. There are also opportunities to do work related modules, undertake placements in relevant careers, and be awarded bursaries for fieldwork.
- Fantastic surroundings - Our green and spacious campus overlooks the historic city of Canterbury. As well as state-of-the-art academic facilities like the Templeman Library, the campus has plenty of bars, eateries, an independent cinema and theatre, sports centre and recently re-vamped nightclub. Canterbury itself attracts visitors from far and wide and has many bars, restaurants and shops.
- World Heritage City - The Medieval city of Canterbury, itself based on the circuit of the Roman town walls, provides a point of reference for the study of Classical and Archaeological Studies. The city contains numerous museums, including a dedicated Roman museum, and is the home of Canterbury Archaeological Trust. Students have opportunities to volunteer in museums and on archaeological projects in the area.
- Safety - The Complete University Guide 2013 named Canterbury as one of the safest cities for students in England and Wales, with an exceptionally low crime rate. The University of Kent also has its own campus security team – Campus Watch – to ensure the safety of all staff, students and visitors.
- Transport links - Canterbury has great transport links, with three European Capitals – London, Paris, and Brussels - just a short distance away by train. Closer to home, the Kent coast can be reached in no time at all by bus or train – the picturesque fishing village of Whitstable is only eight miles away.