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Study the civilisations that fascinate you, develop new skills, and gain valuable experience ready for a wide range of careers from archaeology to the heritage industry.
Join world-leading experts, including practising archaeologists and historians. You’ll study history from the shores of Roman Britain to ancient Byzantium, in a journey through the ancient world, with options to explore literature or archaeology.
Located in the southeast of England, Canterbury is the home of classical scholarship in the UK, with ancient languages taught in the city since the seventh century. Benefit from our proximity to London and Europe, take advantage of all the resources on offer at Kent, such as close links with external organisations such as the Canterbury Archaeological Trust.
“My favourite module has been the Crisis of the Late Republic, because I thoroughly enjoyed this subject area at A-Level and this module renewed my passion for the topic. The lecturer was super engaging!”
In your first year, you’ll take introductory modules on the civilisations of Greece and Rome as well as an introduction to archaeology. You choose modules on topics such as empires and classical mythology, and have the opportunity to study ancient Greek and Latin; the languages of the ancient texts you will encounter during your course.
In your second and final years, you choose from modules covering archaic Greece, Greek and Roman medicine, Roman Britain, Hellenic history, and the Roman Empire. Depending on your academic performance and interest, you might do a dissertation or the extended essay module.
You can also apply to take one of our placement modules, subject to a selection process, where you study museum or heritage studies, and spend time on an internship.
Do you have a passion for modern history too? BA Ancient, Medieval and Modern history is also available.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.
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The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be to achieve DDM.
30 points overall or 15 at HL
Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average, including 60% in Academic Skills Development.
The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.
If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
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Duration: 3 years full-time (4 with a year abroad), 6 years part-time
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.
The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:
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.*
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 Home undergraduates are £1,385.
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.
All modules have a weekly small-group seminar, and most also have weekly lectures. We encourage you to take part in excavations and field 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.
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.
The programme aims to:
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
You gain transferable skills in the following:
Of final-year Classics students who completed the National Student Survey 2022, 95% were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.
Classics at Kent was ranked 3rd for student satisfaction and 7th for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2023.
In recent years, our graduates have found jobs in:
Many other graduates have gone on to further academic study.
The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:
To help you appeal to employers, you learn transferable skills that are useful in any career. These include the ability to:
You can also gain extra skills by signing up for our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website.
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