This online handbook provides general information for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Classics. For detailed information about the syllabus, teaching and assessment arrangements for particular degree courses, please refer to the course handbook applicable to your year of examination.
The Faculty: Oxford’s Classics Faculty is the largest of its kind in the world, with over 60 full-time post holders and a total of more than 160 members, including research staff and college post holders. Overall governance of the Faculty is provided by the Faculty Board. The Faculty comprises two Sub-Faculties: Ancient History & Classical Archaeology and Classical Languages & Literature.
Each undergraduate course is overseen by a Standing Committee, comprising representatives of each faculty or department involved in teaching the course. Graduate degrees are overseen by the Faculty’s two Graduate Studies Committees, each chaired by a Director of Graduate Studies.
The Classics Faculty’s central base is the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies at 66 St Giles’, but many tutors are based in over 30 colleges and Permanent Private Halls (PPHs) around Oxford.
Degree Programmes: The Classics Faculty has overall responsibility for two undergraduate courses:
- BA in Literae Humaniores
- BA in Classical Archaeology & Ancient History
The Faculty also contributes to four undergraduate degrees overseen by other Faculties:
- BA in Ancient & Modern History
- BA in Classics & English
- BA in Classics & Modern Languages
- BA in Classics & Oriental Studies
The Faculty is responsible for graduate degrees in Ancient History and Classical Languages & Literature, and Faculty members contribute to graduate degrees in several related subjects, including Classical Archaeology, Byzantine Studies, Linguistics & Philology, Ancient Philosophy and Women’s Studies.
If you are studying for an undergraduate degree, the teaching for your course will be provided jointly by your college and the Faculty (or more than one faculty in the case of joint courses). Teaching for graduate courses is provided primarily by the Faculty. Your course handbook provides more detailed information about the teaching provision for your degree.
Course Handbooks: A course handbook is available for each undergraduate and postgraduate degree. For most undergraduate degrees, separate handbooks are issued for the First Public Examination (Mods or Prelims) and the Final Honour School. A separate edition of each handbook is issued to each cohort of students (i.e. the students starting work towards the exam in a given academic year). Handbooks are circulated to the relevant students by email at the start of the course (or, for FHS students, at the start of the Hilary Term before they begin working towards finals). Please ensure that you refer to the correct edition of your handbook; the handbooks issued to the cohorts before and after you may contain different information.
It is sometimes necessary to make changes and corrections to handbooks after they have been issued. These are summarised in a table on the back cover of the handbook. Major changes are also communicated to students and tutors via email.
Examination Regulations: It is important to note that the official syllabus for your course is the one published in the University’s Examination Regulations. Where a discrepancy occurs between your course handbook and the Examination Regulations, the Regulations should be regarded as authoritative. The online regulations are organised according to the year in which you started working towards the degree, not the year in which the exam takes place.
Lectures and Seminars: The Classics Faculty’s lecture list is published online. Lecture lists are available in two formats: (1) as printable lists and (2) as calendars for individual subject areas, which can be imported into Apple iCal, Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar or any other third-party calendar program that supports iCalendar files.
Prospectus entries for lecture series and programmes for weekly seminar series can be found on the Prospectus Entries page of the website.
Your course handbook provides information about any lectures, seminars or classes which it is compulsory to attend. Your tutor or supervisor will also be able to offer advice on which lectures and seminars you should attend. It is vital that you attend any lecture series of interest to you at the first opportunity; the lectures may not be repeated the following year, or may be timetabled in a different slot when it is difficult for you to attend.
Requesting permission to record lectures: If you have a disability, you may request permission to record lectures as a reasonable adjustment on disability-related grounds; once you have been granted such permission, you do not need to ask individual members of academic staff for permission to record. In all other cases, students wishing to record lectures must apply in writing to the academic concerned on a case-by-case basis, and must only record lectures if the academic has given their consent in writing. Recordings may only be made for the personal and private use of the student. The University's full policy on recording of lectures can be found on the Education Committee website.
Lecture capture: Some lectures are recorded on the Panopto (Replay) lecture capture system. These can be accessed by loggin into the relevant Canvas course and clicking on the "Panopto Recordings" link in the left hand menu.
The Ioannou Centre: The Classics Faculty is based in the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies at 66 St Giles'. The Classics Office and several research projects are based in the building. There is also a lecture theatre, four seminar rooms and a common room. A study area, including workstations with PCs, and a reading room are available exclusively to graduate students and staff.
The entrance to the Centre is in St Giles', opposite St John’s College. You can operate the doors with your University card during opening hours (7 am – 11 pm daily). If you are enrolled on an undergraduate or graduate degree within Classics, your card should already be registered for entry to the Ioannou Centre. If you experience any difficulties please contact Reception on 288372 or email email@example.com.
The reception desk is located on the right-hand side of the Atrium as you enter the building. The reception is usually staffed from approximately 8.30 am – 5 pm on Mondays to Fridays.
If you need to hand in letters, forms or other mail to members of staff based in the Ioannou Centre, please use the pigeon holes by the reception desk.
The Ioannou Centre is the base for several research centres and projects, including the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, the Classical Art Research Centre (incorporating the Beazley Archive), the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, and the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama. A number of academic and research staff have offices on the first, second and third floors of the building.
Safety procedures: During reception hours (9 am - 5 pm Monday to Friday), please contact reception (tel. 01865 288391) in an emergency. When reception is closed, the University’s Security Services are the main point of contact for any issues including:
- A fire. The alarm is linked directly to Security Services, so if it is sounding they will come. However if you are at all unsure or the alarm is not sounding please call them or dial 999 as you think appropriate.
- Damage to the building, such as a broken window
- A leak
- An intruder in the building
In the event of any of the above happening, please call Security Services’ emergency phone number: 01865 289999 (24 hours, 7 days a week). You can also reach them by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), but it is advisable to telephone in the case of an emergency.
The Ioannou Centre has two emergency phones. One is located in the basement, and one on the first floor in the graduate study area. You can call Security Services directly from these phones.
If you or another person in the building sustains a serious injury outside of reception hours please dial 999 for an ambulance. Please also let Security Services know.
The Classics Administration Team: The Classics Faculty's administrative staff are located in various offices around the building, mainly on the first floor. For general enquiries, please contact Reception in the first instance (tel. 288372; email: email@example.com).
The main staff responsible for student administration are the Academic Administrative Officer, Mr Andrew Dixon, and the Academic Support Officers, Miss Erica Clarke and Ms Jo Armitage. Please direct email enquiries about academic matters to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com as appropriate.