Course Overview

Warfare, Politics, Gender. These were key issues in the ancient world, just as they are today. The conquests of Rameses ll, Alexander, and the Caesars; the rebellion of Boudica and the poetry of Sappho; and the writings of Homer, Virgil, and the Classical playwrights and philosophers - all these have captivated us for thousands of years, and continue to do so.

The BA Classical Civilisation covers the civilisation and culture of the Greek and Roman worlds to shed light on the ancient civilisations that have shaped our modern world.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • Classical Civilisation students can study intermediary and advanced ancient language. 
  • Students have the option of a semester abroad in Hong Kong or USA.
  • Classical Civilisation students can take a work-placement through the “Literacy through Latin” project to teach Latin to primary and secondary school children. Have a look at our blog.
  • Classics, Ancient History, and Egyptology students can teach Beginners Latin, Greek, and Hieroglyphs to members of the local community during the summer. 
  • Classical Civilisation students can gain teaching experience by leading workshops for the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership. 
  • Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Some of our modules run in alternate years. The modules listed below are taught in the current year. We also teach: Roman Love Poetry; The Greek Romance: Sea, Sun and Sex; Homer and Heroism; Roman Popular Culture; Archaic Greece; Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome; Gender in the Roman World; Beyond Mainland Greece: Asia in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods; Alexander and the Hellenistic world.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLC101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology
CLC102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ovid's Metamorphoses. The Transformations of Mythology
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules Selective  

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose to take 1, 2, 3 or 4 of the following modules bearing in mind you must select a balance of 60- credits in each teaching block. To enrol in a TB2 Latin or Greek module you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. Staff can Staff can advise on the appropriate level of Latin or Greek modules on request. Students should not take modules in more than one beginning ancient language in the year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric
CLG101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language IIIf you wish to enrol in this module you MUST also select CLG101.
CLG105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLG106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IIIf you wish to enrol in this module you MUST also select CLG105.
CLG125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 1)
CLG126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 1)If you wish to enrol in this module you MUST also select CLG125.
CLH100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek History and Society
CLH145Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
CLH150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Rome from Village to Empire: An Introduction to Roman History
CLL101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language IIIf you wish to enrol in this module you MUST also select CLL101.
CLL105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLL106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IIIf you wish to enrol in this module you MUST also select CLL105.
CLL125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 1)
CLL126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 1)If you wish to enrol in this module you MUST also select CLL125.
AND
Optional Modules Choices - Classical Civilisation 

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select enough optional modules to make your total credits up to 120 for the whole your (after your compulsory modules). To enrol in a TB2 Egyptian module you must enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. Students should not take modules in more than one beginning ancient language in the year. Students taking CLE122 cannot also take CLE112. Students may take 20 credits of Languages for All modules which are 10cr each and must be taken as a pair.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLE112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 1)
CLE113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian Language 2 (Year 1)
CLE120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 1
CLE121Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 2
CLE122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ancient Egyptian Language for Archaeology (1st year)
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLAM01Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Advanced Translation (English-Arabic)
MLAX00Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)60Work Placement, Austria
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI1500
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Classical Civilisation
Optional Modules
Optional Module choices 

Choose Minimum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose at least three and up to five of the following. To enrol in TB2 Latin or Greek you must enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. Staff can advise on the appropriate level of Latin or Greek modules on request. You must select an equal number of credits in both semesters overall

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Comic Novel: Excrement and Sacrament
CLC209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament
CLE230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Egyptomania: The reception of ancient Egypt from Antiquity to the present day
CLG203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language I (post-Beginning Greek Language)
CLG204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language II (post-Beginning Greek Language)
CLG221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language II
CLG225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 2)
CLG226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 2)
CLG227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 1 (Level 2)
CLG228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 2 (Level 2)
CLH2001Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient and Historic Places (Study-Trip/Field project; Ancient History)
CLH2002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Roman Religion
CLH230Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
CLH264Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek City States (Level 2)
CLH281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History and Archaeology of Roman Britain
CLH286Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Athenian Democracy (Level 2)
CLH294Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (Level 2)
CLL203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language I(post-Beginning Latin Language)
CLL204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language II(post-Beginning Latin Language)
CLL221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language II
CLL225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 2)
CLL227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 2
CLP202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient languages
AND
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may select this module to complete a total of 120 credits spread evenly across the year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLH284Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Writing Ancient History

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLD300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits from each teaching block. Select at least two and up to four of the following. To enrol in a Latin or Greek module in TB2 you must enrol in the corresponding module in TB1

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC304Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Comic Novel: Excrement and Sacrament
CLC309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament
CLC315Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Classics in Popular Culture
CLE327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Collection Practicum
CLG321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language I
CLG322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language IITo select this module you must pursue CLG321 also.
CLG325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 3)
CLG326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 3)To select this module you must pursue CLG325 also.
CLG327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 1 (Level 3)
CLG328Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 2 (Level 3)To select this module you must pursue CLG327 also.
CLG329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 3
CLG330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 4To select this module you must pursue CLG329 also.
CLH3002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Roman Religion
CLH364Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek City States (Level 3)
CLH381Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History and Archaeology of Roman Britain
CLH386Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Athenian Democracy (Level 3)
CLH388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600
CLH394Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (level 3)
CLL321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language I
CLL322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language IITo select this module you must pursue CLL321 also.
CLL325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 3)
CLL326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 3)To select this module you must pursue CLL325 also.
CLL327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 1 (Level 3)
CLL328Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 2 (Level 3)To select this module you must pursue CLL327 also.
CLL329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 3
CLL330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 4To select this module you must pursue CLL329 also.
CLP309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient languages
AND
Optional Module choices 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : select any 20 credit module to complete a total of 120 credits spread evenly accross the year

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLH369Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italy before the Romans

Description

The BA Classical Civilisation covers the civilisation and culture of the Greek and Roman worlds to shed light on the ancient civilisations that have shaped our modern world.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including: International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,650

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quote

"Since studying a BA in Classical Civilisation and Latin at Swansea University I am now an Editorial and Production Assistant for a magazine company. I applied for a different role, however the company loved my CV and thought that I would be a great asset to their editorial team. The role involves a lot of reading, writing and editing. My degree helps me with this role as it gave me a good understanding of grammar and the ability to read and interpret a wide range of articles. The teaching at the Classics department in Swansea is fantastic and I still receive ongoing support from my old lecturers. The confidence I gained during my time at Swansea University has been crucial for me to travel and find a job a truly enjoy."

Isabel Crouch


 

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

93.6 per cent* of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and / or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, recruitment, marketing, management, and heritage, working for companies such as:

  • Mercedes Benz
  • English Heritage
  • St Fagans National History Museum

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Ancient Egyptian Culture
  • MA Ancient Narrative Literature
  • MA Ancient History and Classical Civilisation

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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