Classics (Literae Humaniores)

Medea Chorus

Classics (Literae Humaniores)

Explore the languages, literature and history of the Ancient Mediterranean, as well as the archaeological and philosophical remains of the Classical world. Classics offers you a great opportunity to study a vast range of subject areas focusing on the Graeco-Roman world and its reception into modern times. There are opportunities for studying a variety of different materials including written texts, buildings, wall paintings and pots, from Britain to Egypt, Iran to Germany, 2000 BC to AD 2000. Whether you’re interested in what Homeric warriors wore, how Ciceronian oratory influences modern politics, or the survival of an ancient text, there is something for everyone in a Classics degree.

Which Course?

It doesn't matter if you have studied ancient languages before or not - there is a course for everyone:








Latin and Greek to A-Level

(or equiv)

Latin to A-Level

(or equiv)

Greek to A-Level

(or equiv)

No required A-Levels (or equiv);

want to learn Latin*

No required A-Levels (or equiv);

want to learn Greek*

*You can add the other ancient language later if you want to.

What is the difference between Course 1 and Course 2?

In both courses, the first five terms are spent preparing for the first public examination, known as ‘Mods’.

Classics I students take ten papers, Classics 2 students take seven - the rest of their time is taken up with language learning.

From then on there is no difference between Classics I and Classics 2; all students prepare for the final exams which are known as 'Greats'.



       Course 1       

Course 2

First 5 terms

'Mods' (Honour Moderations in Classics)


10 papers 7 papers

Next 7 terms

'Greats' (Honour School of Literae Humaniores)

A choice of around 80 papers including:

  • Greek and Latin literature
  • philosophy
  • archaeology
  • linguistics
  • ancient history

8 papers





8 papers



Learning a second

ancient language


UCAS CODE: Course I: Q800, Course II: Q810
Course Length: 4 years
Course requirements: Latin and / or Greek to A-Level (or equivalent) for Course I, no ancient language requirements for Classics II.
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