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Discover the dynamic legacies of ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. Turn your passion into expertise as you explore myth, history, literature, classical archaeology, philosophy and art, in the heart of Roman Britain.
Discover civilisations from the Minoan and Mycenean period, up to classical Greece, Republican Rome and early Christianity, working alongside world-leading experts, including practicing archaeologists and historians.
Explore the ancient world in its global context, and develop a 21st-century approach to the fascinating, influential, and controversial civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome, and their connections with Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
“You can walk across the fields and there’s Roman pottery all over the place! We’ve already done a geophysical survey with a magnetometer, which shows you features in the ground. We think there was a tile-making settlement there and we’ve found the tile kilns. It’s just a little fieldwork training dig we are doing.”
Kelsey Bennett, BA Classical and Archaeological Studies with a Year Abroad
In your first year, you’ll take an introductory module on archaeology and a further module that uses the greatest archaeological sites from antiquity to introduce you to key issues in the field. You will also learn how to combine material and literary evidence in our introductory modules on the civilisations of Greece and Rome. You can choose to study local archaeology with a practicing field archaeologist, beginners Latin or Greek, and classical literature and mythology.
The second and third years of the programme can be tailored to your interests. You can study British Iron Age archaeology, the latest techniques and methods in professional archaeology, and a fieldwork practice module which gives hands-on experience of excavation in Roman villas and Iron Age hill forts. You can also apply for our placement modules, spending time on an internship in a museum or school, and can study a range of options in Egyptology, early Greece, and ancient languages and literature.
In your final year, you will receive expert supervision on a written dissertation or a material-culture project (capstone project) of your choosing, alongside your optional modules.
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.
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 points 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.
Duration: 3 years full-time (4 with a year abroad/placement year), 6 years part-time (7 with a year abroad/placement year)
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 undergraduate students are £1,385.
Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.
We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.Search scholarships
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
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.
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.
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 intellectual abilities to:
You gain subject-specific skills to:
You gain transferable skills to:
95% of final-year Classics students who completed the National Student Survey 2022 were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.
Classical & Archaeological Studies prepares you for a range of careers in areas including:
Alternatively, you could choose to pursue further academic study at Master's or PhD level.
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:
As well as an excellent grounding in your subject, you also develop the key transferable skills that graduate employers look for. These include:
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.
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 apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.
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