Classics (BA): 4-year, part-time

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


Four years part-time


Two to three evenings a week, October to July

The Ancient Greek and Roman worlds offer a wealth of fascinating areas of study, including history, literature, classical archaeology and philosophy. Greek and Latin language and literature are the primary, but not exclusive, focus of this programme, though you will also study other aspects of the classical world.

Classics students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in both languages at a range of levels, from beginner to advanced. You will also study at least one module on the culture or history of Greek and Roman societies across the Mediterranean and Near East, from the archaic period to the Roman imperial period, or on the reception of classical culture in later periods of history.

The BA Classics is a structured programme of taught modules, designed to develop understanding and critical skills, and a deep knowledge of classical language, literature and culture. It involves examining the nature of our understanding of the classical past and its literature. We encourage you to engage with textual material and to question accepted traditions about the past, so that you will develop the ability to construct and present a convincing argument. The course includes a wide variety of options across a large historical span, from the ancient Greek world to Late Antiquity and the modern reception of the ancient world.

This course is also available for full-time evening study over three years.

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  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings.
  • Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is a world-renowned centre of original, influential research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Our academic staff are international authorities in their respective fields, delivering stimulating teaching.
  • Our wide-ranging programmes encompass fascinating periods and areas of study, from human prehistory through to classical civilisation, the medieval and early modern periods, and on to 21st-century history, politics and international relations.
  • The Department is home to thriving student societies and a number of affiliated research centres that actively run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research.
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Course structure

The programme consists of 11 modules, making a total of 360 credits. We offer language and non-language courses.

In Year 1, you take one compulsory module, one Level 4 non-language option module and one Level 4, 5 or 6 language option module.

In Year 2, you take one compulsory module, one Level 4 non-language option module and one Level 5 or 6 language option module, OR two non-language option modules at Level 4 and Level 5 or 6 and one language option module at Level 5 or 6.

In Year 3, you take two compulsory modules and one Level 5 or 6 language option module, OR one compulsory module, one language option module at Level 5 or 6 and one non-language option module at Level 6.

In Year 4, you write a dissertation and take one Level 6 language option module.

Language modules are taught at a number of levels of difficulty and analysis, and students who have no prior knowledge of one of the classical languages will be able to take a beginners' class alongside their other classes. You take a minimum of four language modules, including at least one higher-level 'set book' module.

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Year 1 compulsory module

Year 2 compulsory module

Year 3 compulsory modules

Year 4 compulsory module

Indicative Greek and Latin modules

Indicative Level 4 option modules

Indicative Level 5 option modules

Indicative Level 6 option modules

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