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Courses in Classical Studies

Modules & Qualifications

The following modules are not necessarily shown in the recommended order of study for an OU qualification. Follow this link for an overview of our modules and how you might combine them. To view taster materials, follow the link on the left.


Exploring the Classical World (A219)
A219 has been designed as a broad introduction to Classical Studies. This 60 credit Level 2 module, as well as being of general interest, will act as a gateway to the other Classical Studies modules at Levels 2 and 3. It's not simply a survey course - rather than skim the whole field in a superficial way, it will investigate limited areas in some depth.
See A219's information website.

Reading classical Greek: language and literature (A275)
This 60 credit module combines an introduction to classical Greek language with the study of classical Greek culture and literature in translation. It is intended for beginners in Greek and assumes no previous experience of language learning.
Watch a brief video introduction to this module.
Go to the Interactive Introduction to Ancient Greek page.

Classical Latin: the language of ancient Rome (A276) NEW
This 60 credit level 2 module combines a beginners’ course in Latin with the study of Roman culture and literature in translation. You will learn the core principles of the language, reading texts adapted from Livy, and supported by specially designed online resources. Alongside the language, you will explore a range of Latin texts in translation (including Livy, Virgil, Ovid, and Horace) from literary, cultural, and historical angles. 

Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds (A330)
This 60 credit Level 3 module is a broad interdisciplinary study of Greek and Roman myth in its social, historical, literary and visual context. It combines the detailed study of individual works of literature, art and architecture with an exploration of context, function and purpose. A particular aspect you will study is the reception of mythical ideas and images in later European culture. Interactive visual explorations of key ancient and modern sites, monuments and artefacts relevant to mythological themes are supplied on DVD-ROM – together with audio interviews with experts tracing the influence of myth on, for example, drama, science and medicine.
See the A330 webpage.

The Roman Empire (A340) NEW
At its height the Roman empire stretched from Scotland to Syria. This 60 credit level 3 module will introduce you to this empire, addressing questions such as how did this vast multicultural population of diverse ethnic, cultural and religious groups maintain itself? How was it viewed by those who ruled it? What forces held the empire together and what happened when these came under pressure?
Watch a brief video introduction to this module.

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Modules with Classical Studies Components

The arts past and present (AA100)
This 60 point module has a Classical Studies component including both Greek and Roman material, with units on Cleopatra, on Roman leisure and on Seamus Heaney's play The Burial at Thebes and its relationship to Sophocles' Antigone. Follow this link for answers to frequently asked questions and course tasters.

Voices, texts and material culture (A105)
This 60 point interdisciplinary module is built around the broad concepts of voices, texts and material culture. Case studies include the buried city of Pompeii and your studies will be enriched by an array of video materials and resources accessed via online databases such as the collections of the British Museum. 


Undergraduate Qualifications in Classical Studies

BA (Hons) Classical Studies
This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits (equivalent to one year's full-time university study). Stage 1 provides the underpinning knowledge and skills needed for more advanced study. At Stages 2 and 3 (240 credits) you’ll deepen your understanding of the literature, history, art and material culture of the classical world, and have the chance to learn the essentials of classical Greek or Latin (you can even choose both). Other options include modules in history and philosophy. Finally, you’ll study the relevance and role of classical myth in its social, cultural and historical contexts; and explore the development, culture and legacy of the imperial Roman world.

BA (Hons) in Arts and Humanities
360 CATS points, of which 300 should be from Arts courses and should include at least 120 points from the Classical Studies undergraduate courses, with at least 60 points at third level (which may not be obtained by credit transfer).

Diploma of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities replaces the Diploma in Classical Studies and offers you a broad introduction to the arts and humanities with the option to specialise in one or more subjects, including Classical Studies.

Postgraduate Qualifications

We offer a taught MA in Classical Studies and we also supervise research students (MPhil and PhD). Please see the Postgraduate section for details.

Contact us!

The Classical Studies Department and their highly valued and talented body of part-time associate lecturers (these are your lifelines, the tutors who will mark your assignments, run your tutorials and generally guide and motivate you in your study) will be delighted if you decide to take part in our degree programme. We welcome your feedback whether it is encouraging or critical. If you email us (

) or write to the Head of Classical Studies we’ll do our best to answer your questions and respond to your comments as promptly as possible.


A219 course book

A275 course book

A330 course material