|Study location||United Kingdom, Egham, Surrey|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
Required subjects:Greek A level grade B or grade A or grade 7 GCSE if not taken at A level and at least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 – 4 including English and Mathematics.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
IELTS: 6.5 overall (with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in each remaining subscore)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
You’ll love this course if you are a Greek linguist who’s keen to develop their language skills and understanding of ancient Greece still further. With the opportunity to learn Latin and the chance to study the classical world through artefacts, ideas and past-deeds, there’s lots to learn on this course.
As those of you who have studied the language to A-level standard will know, learning classical Greek provides insights not only into ancient culture but also into the workings of language in general. This course is designed to develop your language skills still further by focusing on the study of ancient Greek texts. Over three years you’ll become a specialist in both the language and literature of the ancient Greeks with the opportunity to add Latin into your skillset too. For those who have a curiosity that extends beyond language and literature, there’s the option to study classical archaeology, ancient philosophy as well as ancient history and classical literature in translation.
As a student of Greek you will be part of our Classics Department, where the quality of research that informs our teaching and a friendly, individual approach which shapes the way we guide our students combine to create an unbeaten academic experience.
Greek History and the City State
In this module you will develop an understanding of the Greek World in the Classical Period. You will look at the key events in Greek History from 580 to 323 BC and place these in their historical context. You will consider historical problems and critically examine information and accounts set out in the Greek sources as well as in the works of modern historians. You will analyse a range of sources materials, including inscription, historiography and oratory, and develop an awareness of potential bias in these.
Key Themes in Roman History
In this module you will develop an understanding of the development of Roman politics and society over the extended period of Roman history, from early Rome through to the emergence of the Medieval World. You will look at the chronology and development of Rome, examining key themes in the interpretation of particular periods of Roman history, including the rise and fall of the Republic and the Imperial Monarchy. You will consider the difficulties and methological issues in the interpretation of Roman Historiography and analyse a variety of theoretical approaches used by historians.
Studying Classical Antiquity
The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic
Rome and its Empire from Augustus to Commodus
Greek History to 404 BC
Greek History 404 to 322 BC
Historiography of the Roman World
In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.
Those degree programmes not only promote academic achievement but also the means to hone the life-skills necessary to excel, post-graduation.
Studying Greek takes discipline and application, develops analytical and verbal reasoning skills and promotes both the expansion and use of a rich and varied vocabulary. By choosing to study this intellectually demanding discipline you will develop a broad range of skills which are highly prized by employers, including:
- the ability to communicate views and present arguments clearly and coherently both verbally and in writing
- the ability to critically digest, analyse and summarise content
- time management and the discipline to meet deadlines
- organisation and research skills
- problem-solving skills and capability
Being able to understand and process complex issues, to critically evaluate resources and construct coherent arguments both verbally and in writing is why many Royal Holloway classicists become employed in law, marketing, publishing, the media, government and finance. Employers like Channel 4, multinational law firm SJ Berwin, The Guildhall (City of London), accountancy firm KPMG, the Natural History Museum, Customs and Immigration, London Advertising, Broadstone Pensions and Investments and the Armed Forces have all recently recruited Royal Holloway alumni from the Department of Classics.
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.