Classics involves the study of the literature, history, art and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Study of Latin and/or Greek language is possible at any level.
In first year you will study classical civilisation, covering the history, literature and culture of archaic Greece and republican Rome. You will read the Odyssey and the Aeneid alongside the histories of Herodotus and Sallust and the plays of Plautus.
You will also study two other subjects of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
The second year covers the literature, culture, history and politics of democratic Athens and of the Roman empire at its height. The set books include plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes; a dialogue by Plato; the histories of Thucydides and Tacitus; the satirical writings of Juvenal; and Petronius’ extraordinary novel.
You will also study two other subjects in year 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Years 3 and 4
If you successfully complete the courses in first and second year, you may progress to Honours (years 3 and 4). At Honours, you will choose options from a wide range that reflects the research interests of members of staff. Courses may include
- Interpreting Greek tragedy
- The Roman stage
- Roman afterlives
- Gender and sexuality in ancient Rome
- Greeks and Romans: identity and representation
- Homer and his readers
- Roman poetry and the visual arts
- The classical tradition in Scotland.
There is also the opportunity with the Honours programme to start or continue study of Latin and/or Greek.
The University’s Hunterian Museum is renowned for artefacts and inscriptions that throw light on Roman Britain, and for the Hunter Coin Cabinet, a major collection of coins of the Classical period.
If you progress to Honours you will have the opportunity to spend at least three weeks (usually during the summer vacation after third year) visiting archaeological sites and museums in Italy and Greece. Financial support for this visit is available to all Single Honours students.
You may also spend your third year studying at universities in North America, Australia, New Zealand or Europe.
In recent years our graduates have found employment as
- civil servants
- experts in museums and galleries.
You do not require a knowledge of the Greek and Latin languages.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAA or AAABB (including English and a humanities subject or a language (including Gaelic) at grades A/B or B/A) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB at their first sitting may receive a conditional offer dependent upon them attaining enough Highers and/or Advanced Highers to bring their total attainment to six or more Highers/Advanced Highers by the end of their second sitting. Please note that Advanced Highers in subjects where grades A or B have already been attained at Higher will not be double-counted. English and a humanities subject/language at grades A or B, if not attained at first sitting, will be required.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, MAY be made to applicants who achieved AABB or ABBB at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher AND another humanities/language Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.
- Art & Design
- Business Management
- Chinese Language and Culture
- Classical Greek
- Classical studies
- English for Speakers of Other Languages
- Media Studies
- Modern Studies
- Personal and social education
- Religious Education
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
A-levels: Applicants will receive an offer conditional on attaining AAB. Applicants who achieve AAB are guaranteed entry. Applicants who achieve grades less than AAB but higher than BBB will be considered for entry once all results have been received and reviewed in August 2014.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.