Are you fascinated by ancient Greece and Rome? Do you love reading and thinking for yourself?  If you also have an A level in Latin and want to study both Latin and Greek language and literature, then this varied and interdisciplinary degree is for you.

Taught in the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, you will have the opportunity to explore the classical civilisations of Greece and Rome, as well as of Egypt, Ancient Western Asia and the Byzantine Empire, in a range of optional modules.  You will encounter the classical world in all its diversity and explore its literature, culture, religion and history, and the many ways in which classical antiquity lives on in our world today. You will gain expertise in both Greek and Latin and, by reading in the original languages, you will be able to understand Greek and Latin texts in greater depth.

You will also undertake our unique two-week Study Tour, an opportunity to travel independently to Greece or Italy and conduct your own research in places such as Rome and Pompeii, or Athens and Delphi.

If you are interested in Classics but not currently studying Latin at A Level, then take a look at our companion programme, Classical Literature and Civilisation.


Why Study this Course?

  • League table success – Our Classics department is ranked in the Top 10 in all three major UK league tables: the Complete University Guide 2019, the Guardian University Guide 2019, and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
  • Excellent employability – 94% of our Classics graduates enter work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017).
  • Taught by experts – You will study alongside some of the finest minds in the field. Times Higher Education ranked the Department in the Top 5 in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise.
  • Study tour – Our unique two-week Study Tour gives you the opportunity to plan and undertake travel to countries such as Italy and Greece to visit sites, monuments and museums of interest to you.
  • Be part of an exciting department – The Department provides a diverse range of opportunities to enrich your student experience. For example, students have been involved in the Classics in the Community project, working with teachers on developing new ways of telling ancient stories.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

BA Classical Literature & Civilisation and Philosophy

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

First year


Compulsory modules

  • Greek World (20 credits)
  • Roman World (20 credits)
  • Project A (10 credits)
  • Project B (10 credits)

Greek and Latin modules

Your choice of language study will depend on your prior experience.

  • Beginners’ Greek 1/Latin 1 and 2 (20+20 credits) 
  • Intermediate Greek/Latin A and B (10+10 credits)
  • Advanced Greek/Latin A and B (10+10 credits)

Optional modules

  • The Worlds of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (20 credits)
  • Classics in the 20th and 21st centuries (20 credits)

Second year


Compulsory modules

  • CAHA Study Tour A and B (10+10 credits)
  • Research Seminar A and B (10+10 credits)

Greek and Latin modules

choose 40 or 60 credits

  • Beginners’ Greek/Latin 1 and 2 (20+20 credits)
  • Intermediate Greek/Latin A and B (10+10 credits)
  • Advanced Greek/Latin A and B (10+10 credits)

Optional modules

20 or 40 credits of optional modules

  • Athenian Drama (20 credits)
  • Classical Epic (20 credits)
  • Greece and Rome in Film and TV (20 credits)
  • Republican Rome: From the Gracchi to Caesar (20 credits)
  • Britain in the Roman Empire (20 credits)
  • Roman Women (20 credits)
  • Thinking Athenian (20 credits)
  • Imperial Egypt (20 credits)

Year abroad

You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year. 


Final year

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation (40 credits) or Extended Essay (20 credits)
  • Special Subject A and B (20+20 credits)

Greek and Latin modules

  • Intermediate Greek/Latin A and B (10+10 credits)
  • Advanced Greek/Latin A and B (10+10 credits)

Optional modules

20 credit optional module and if taking Extended Essay, choose an additional 20 credit optional module 

  • Greek Mythology (20 credits)
  • Hellenistic Literature (20 credits)
  • Roman Religion and its Limits (20 credits)
  • Mythology in Greek and Roman Visual Arts (20 credits)
  • Love in Greek Literature (20 credits)
  • Palace Societies (20 credits)
  • Face to face with Egypt’s Gods (20 credits)
  • Death, Burial and Society (20 credits)
  • War, Peace and Diplomacy in the Roman world (20 credits)
  • Sparta (20 credits)

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Our unique degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development – a balance that is highly sought after by employers in today’s competitive graduate market.

By studying Classical Literature and Civilisation and Philosophy at the University of Newcastle, you will acquire skills highly sought after by employers within the graduate job market:

  • Understanding complex information
  • Writing clearly and effectively
  • Building a case to critically assess a particular point of view
  • Independent thought
  • Ability to communicate to a variety of different audiences
  • Strong research methods

Classical Literature and Civilisation and Philosophy graduates go on to pursue highly successful careers in professions such as:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Local Government
  • Museums and charities
  • Culture and heritage organisations

Therefore studying this degree at the University of Newcastle opens the doors to a wide range of careers. Some graduates will go onto undertake further study and research in pursuit of higher degrees. 


Developing your career

Employers target University of Newcastle students for their diverse skill-set and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of our wide range of opportunities you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

  • Careers events – we hold events covering careers in teaching, event management, marketing and working with charities to help you meet potential employers and learn more about these sectors.
  • Global Challenge – you can apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement during your summer vacation through our Global Challenge initiative.
  • Work experience bursary – we encourage you to apply your skills in the workplace by undertaking internships in the summer. Our work experience bursaries allow you to apply for funding to support you during unpaid internships.

There are also internships available at our own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.