Greek involves the study of classical Greek language and literature and ancient Greek civilisation.
You will read (depending on options chosen) Homer and other Greek poets, Athenian tragedies and comedies, orators and historians, and the philosopher Plato. You will also learn about Greek political and social history, philosophy, religion and art.
In first year you will be provided with a strong foundation of grammar and vocabulary leading to the reading of simple passages of genuine ancient Greek. You will learn to
- read elementary texts in Greek
- translate Greek to English
- translate simple sentences from English to Greek.
You will also study two other subjects of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
In your second year you will read work by a variety of authors. You will also continue to develop your translation and reading skills. By the end of the year, you will be able to
- translate continuous passages of straightforward Greek into English
- translate accurately any prescribed passage from Greek into English, and comment perceptively on the set books
- write well-argued and researched essays.
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 level, you will choose options from a wide range and study texts and genres in detail. Courses currently include: Historiography, Epic, Comedy, Tragedy, Oratory, and Lyric poetry.
There is also the opportunity within the Honours programme to start or continue the study of Latin.
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 teachers, civil servants, administrators, librarians, archivists, and experts in museums and galleries.
You do not require previous knowledge of Greek.
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.