Durham University
Classical Civilisation BA (Hons)
Durham University

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews of 75 graduates of Classical Civilisation BA (Hons) and other courses in Classics at Durham University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Classics.

Overall student satisfaction
90 /100
75 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Classics

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Classics at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £26500 £28000 £40000
25-75 percentile range £21500 - £29000 £22500 - £38500 £29000 - £58000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Classics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24162 £24000 £29000
25-75 percentile range £20622 - £28486 £18500 - £30500 £23000 - £40000

Course Description

The Classical Civilisation degree offers a broad and varied exploration of the society and culture of Greece and Rome, and their importance for us today, as well as an opportunity to focus on particular areas which might interest you. The course includes the option of beginning to learn Greek or Latin language (or continuing, if you have studied the languages already).

Year 1

You’ll take two interdisciplinary modules that serve to give you grounding in the central periods of Greek and Roman culture:

Introduction to the Greek World

Monuments and Memory in the Age of Augustus

You’ll also take one module that introduces you to ancient philosophy. In previous years, this module has been offered:

Early Greek Philosophy.

You’ll also take a module that introduces you to the cultural, anthropological and literary implications of translation:

Language, Translation and Interpretation.

Other first-year optional modules have previously included:

Beginners’ Latin and Greek

Intermediate Latin and Greek (if you have an A level or equivalent)

Lives of Objects

The Craft of the Ancient Historian.

Year 2

You’ll take a module in which you study representative examples of Greek and Roman epic; you’ll be introduced to a wide range of approaches to the study of epic including its role as a device for memorialisation and you’ll also explore the ways in which the genre developed in Greek and Roman antiquity and beyond:

Traditions of Epic.

If you choose to study Latin or Greek you may continue these courses in your second year. It’s also possible to begin the study of Latin or Greek in your second year.

Many of the other modules in the second year are broad surveys, for example of a historical period or a literary genre.

Historical offerings have previously included:

The Hellenistic World

Crisis of The Roman Republic

Emperors and Dynasties.

Literary, philosophical and cultural topics have previously included:

Greek Literature and The Near East

Interpreting Greek Tragedy Today

Creation and Cosmology

Ancient Political Thought and Action


Dialogues with Antiquity

Classical Receptions & Contemporary Cultures

Theatre and Spectacle in Ancient Rome

Year 3 (Year 4 if taking a Year Abroad)

You’ll write a Dissertation on a topic at the end of your second year in consultation with an adviser, with who you will meet regularly for guidance throughout Year 3. Most other modules in the third year cover specific topics that arise out of the research interests of our members of staff.

Historical modules have previously included:

Greeks and Persians

Roman Syria

Writing Alexander

The Life and Times of Cicero

Urbs Roma

The Later Roman Empire

Literary, philosophical and cultural topics have previously included:

The Literature and Language of Ancient Babylon

Comedy and Tragedy, Laughter and Sorrow

Hellenistic Poetry: Theory and Practice

Roman Law and Latin Literature

Love and Sex in Ancient Poetry

Technologies of Knowledge in Antiquity

Knowledge and Doubt in Hellenistic Philosophy

For this course, the study of ancient languages is not required, though it is permitted as an option.

Study Abroad

This course includes an optional European Studies element, where you may spend the third year of a four-year course studying at a European university (for further details please see our website). We also participate in the University-wide overseas exchange programme, which offers the opportunity to spend your second year studying at one of our partner universities in North America or Australasia.

We review course structures and core content every year and will publish finalised core requirements for 2023 entry from September 2022. Please note the list of optional modules available in any year vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered. For more information on this course, please see our website.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Classical Civilisation BA (Hons) at Durham University

15% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
15% Sales occupations
10% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Caring personal services
5% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
5% Finance Professionals
5% Engineering professionals
5% Elementary occupations

Grading & Study Time

We use various types of assessment, designed to test the different skills you have gained through your studies: essays, commentaries, translations and (in some modules) presentations or projects. In your final year, you will write a dissertation on a subject of your choice, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in independent learning and research and your ability to tie together areas of learning from across the entire course.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 4.5
    • Foundation
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Classical Civilisation, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Classical Civilisation BA (Hons)

Ireland £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
EU £24000 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
International £24000 year 1

Additional fee information

The tuition fees for 2024/25 academic year have not yet been finalised, they will be displayed here once approved.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

About Durham University

Founded in 1832, Durham University (DU) is located in the cathedral city of Durham, North East England. DU takes pride in having numerous subject fields ranked among the best in the world according to QS, as well as having an exceptionally large course catalogue without compromising the quality that students can expect. Apart from the impressive academic opportunities on offer, students can also participate in numerous sports, music, and art-based extracurricular activities on-site.

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