Classical and Archaeological Studies - BA (Hons)

Why did Athens fall? What was everyday life like for the Greeks and Romans? How is Greek myth used today? Combine historical and archaeological approaches to transform your understanding of the past.

Overview

Ancient civilisations laid the foundations of the modern world, and shaped how we perceive all elements of our society, including power, sexuality, ethics, migration, identity, globalisation and religion.

Studying Classical and Archaeological Studies at Kent gives you the opportunity to explore a broad range of topics from the Minoan and Mycenean period, up to classical Greece, Republican Rome and early Christianity. You study alongside staff in the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, whose research is recognised as world-leading.

In your first year, you take introductory modules on archaeology and the civilisations of Greece and Rome. You also have the opportunity to study beginners’ Latin or Greek, classical literature and mythology, Mediterranean empires, and local archaeology.

In your second and third years you can study literature from Greece, Rome and early Christianity, and the history of these civilisations as well as the Celts and Byzantium. It is also possible to take a fieldwork practice module where you discover the latest techniques. In your final year, you complete a dissertation or extended essay in a subject of your choice, supported by a supervisor.

You can also go on field trips to archaeological sites in the UK and abroad. Past destinations have included Crete, mainland Greece, Italy and Turkey. You can also apply to take one of our placement modules, where, subject to a selection process, you spend time on an internship in either a heritage organisation or a museum.

Year abroad/placement year

You can apply to spend a year abroad as part of your degree programme. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to discover a new culture, and shows future employers that you can succeed in a new environment. It is possible to spend a year or a term abroad at one of our partner institutions. You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply. It is also possible to undertake a placement year in industry.

Extra activities

We work closely with external organisations, such as the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and many students take part in fieldwork activities. You can join the student-led Classical and Archaeology Society, which organises social events, film screenings and trips.

Flexible tariff

You are more than your grades

At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

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    34 points overall or 15 points at HL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average including 60% in Academic Skills Development.

International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time (4 with a year abroad/placement year), 6 years part-time (7 with a year abroad/placement year)

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  

On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Fees

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £12600
  • International full-time £16800
  • Home part-time £4625
  • EU part-time £6300
  • International part-time £8400

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for Year in Industry

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status. 

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Teaching and assessment

All modules have a weekly seminar, and most also have weekly lectures. Archaeology modules sometimes include museum and site visits. We encourage students to take part in excavations and surveys with staff and associated institutions, and student bursaries are available to support this.

Assessment at all stages varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • teach a congruent discipline within the framework of European intellectual, cultural and historical traditions, interacting with other component disciplines
  • teach students about the diverse societies and cultures of the Ancient World and their interaction, through literature, history and archaeology
  • provide carefully graded programmes in Classical Studies, Ancient History and Archaeological Studies
  • survey the main areas and genres of Classical Literature, both Greek and Latin
  • study the history of ancient Greece and Rome, and the contemporary civilisations of ancient Asia Minor, Persia and Egypt, from ca. 600BC to ca. AD600
  • examine the archaeology of the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome within the wider context of the Mediterranean, and of the broadly contemporary cultures of temperate Europe, over the period ca. 1000BC to ca. AD600, and to introduce some aspects of earlier prehistory
  • study in depth selected themes, regions and periods in literature, history and archaeology
  • introduce key elements by which early Europe acquired its social, political, cultural and intellectual foundations
  • explore different types of evidence, literary, historical, art and archaeological, using primary source material where possible, focusing on different approaches and techniques
  • examine the problems of interpretation of source material through critical analysis of current studies
  • equip students with a range of subject-based critical thinking and communication skills.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • another culture, focused on literature, thought, art and religion, or history and political and social organisation, or material culture, with an informed sense of the similarities and differences between it and our own culture
  • selected themes, periods and regions within the context of current debate
  • a diverse range of primary materials and the appropriate methods of interpretation.

Intellectual skills

You gain the intellectual abilities to:

  • apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry
  • analyse, evaluate and interpret a variety of types of evidence in an independent and critical manner
  • select, gather and synthesise relevant information from a wide variety of sources to gain a coherent understanding
  • deploy a range of techniques and methodologies of study
  • utilise problem-solving skills
  • evaluate research in a critical manner
  • study and reach conclusions independently.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills to:

  • critically evaluate a variety of sources for literary, historical and archaeological study, such as texts and inscriptions
  • extract key elements from complex data, identify and solve associated problems
  • select and apply appropriate methodologies in assessing data, such as bibliographical research, textual analysis, historical analysis, visual skills, collection and analysis of archaeological data, use of statistics, philosophical argument and analysis
  • gather, memorise and deploy evidence and information, and show awareness of the consequences if such evidence is unavailable
  • show familiarity with the basic concepts that underpin the different branches of the programme pathways
  • present an argument lucidly and communicate interpretations using the appropriate academic conventions.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills to:

  • communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals
  • take responsibility for your personal and professional learning and development
  • evaluate and learn from your own academic performance
  • manage time, prioritise workloads and assessments, and write and think under pressure
  • utilise problem-solving skills in a variety of theoretical and practical situations
  • work creatively, flexibly and adaptably with others, and to understand how groups function
  • deploy a range of IT skills effectively, such as producing word-processed text with footnotes, formatting documents, researching using databases, and locating and exploiting websites.

Independent rankings

Of final-year Classics students who completed the National Student Survey 2021, 95% were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. 

Over 92% of final-year Classics and Ancient History students were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course in The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Careers

Graduate destinations

Classical & Archaeological Studies prepares you for a range of careers in areas including:

  • archaeology
  • the heritage industry
  • museums
  • business
  • journalism
  • Civil Service
  • librarianship
  • teaching.

Alternatively, you could choose to pursue further academic study at Master's or PhD level.

Help finding a job

The School of European Culture and Languages runs its own employability programme to help you develop your professional skills. This includes paid and voluntary work opportunities.

The University also has an award-winning Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Career-enhancing skills

As well as an excellent grounding in your subject, you also develop the key transferable skills that graduate employers look for. These include:

  • excellent communication skills
  • organisational and research skills
  • the ability to analyse problems
  • teamworking.

You can also gain additional skills by signing up for our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a new language or volunteering.

If you choose to take the year abroad option, you further increase your skills by gaining experience of living and studying in a different culture.

Those who decide to take a placement year gain valuable workplace experience, which will impress prospective employers.

Applications

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Please visit the 2022 entry course pages.

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