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Swansea University - Singleton Park

Swansea, Wales, UK

Classical Civilisation with a Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Admission Requirements

**Academic Requirement at Undergraduate level for  students with British Qualifications stay the same regardless of the Student's country of residence.

Personal statement: Should be approximately 500 words long.
At least one of the referees should be a lecturer or professor from their course

About The Program

About The University

Application Deadline

Start Date



Minimimum Academic Requirement

English Proficiency Requirement

Other Requirements

Program Level

Average Decision Time


Application Fees

Yearly Tuition Fees



Program Duration

4 Years

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May 31


£3,000 will be awarded to all students who achieve AAA at A-Level (or equivalent: Scholarship Equivalence Table UK and EU). Achievement of an equivalent grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced qualification is recognised for the purposes of the award.

Each Scholarship will be worth £3,000 over three years (paid in three equal instalments - with £1,000 paid in the first year, £1,000 paid in the second year and £1,000 paid in the third year).

Merit Scholarships

£2,000 will be awarded to all students who achieve AAB at A-Level (or equivalent:  Scholarship Equivalence Table UK and EU). Achievement of an equivalent grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced qualification is recognised for the purposes of the award.

Each Scholarship will be worth £2,000 over three years (paid in three equal instalments - with £670 paid in the first year, £670 paid in the second year and £670 paid in the third year).

Classical Civilisation focuses on the literature of the Greek and Roman worlds, along with the cultures that created it. Studying this three-year BA degree will allow you to read all kinds of texts in translation from around the ancient Mediterranean and develop an understanding of Greek and Roman culture from the archaic period to the fall of the Roman Empire and beyond. You will explore the mythology of Greece and Rome and learn how to perform close analysis with an eye for detail. You may investigate familiar texts, such as epics and tragedies, as well as often overlooked genres from the ancient world, including the novel and verse satire.

You’ll also have the chance to explore Greek and Roman history and society, architecture and archaeology, warfare and empire, gender, religion, politics and economics—or learn about ancient Egypt. You can also learn some ancient Greek or Latin.

The feel for the creativity of ancient authors and flair for in-depth analysis which we hope to inspire in you will set you apart in the eyes of employers. Your development of skills in analysing form, content, and context, in synthesising complex information, and in producing clear and logical arguments, both orally and in writing, will stand you in good stead in your future careers.

Why Classical Civilisation at Swansea?

Based at our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, Classical Civilisation at Swansea is an attractive degree.

  • Ranked 6th in the UK for career prospects - Guardian University Guide 2020

  • Department ranked 12th overall in the UK - Guardian University Guide 2020

If you so desire, you will have the option to study a semester abroad in a location such as the USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong, or Singapore, during your second year, or to spend a full year abroad after your second year.

We have a Study Trip module which affords you the chance to enhance your study of classical lands overseas by seeing one in real life.

Closer to home, we give you the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience in local schools as part of your degree through our Schools Placement module in the second or third year. You could also volunteer at our in-house museum, the Egypt Centre, which contains over 5,000 archaeological objects.

During your first year, you will be introduced to the ways in which Greeks and Romans came up with their myths, by investigating approaches to storytelling including the study of Ovid’s brilliant and compendious poem, the Metamorphoses. You may also study some Greek and Roman history, ancient philosophy and rhetoric, or art and architecture, to give you a grounding in the contemporary worlds which shaped the texts you read. And you could start learning some Latin or ancient Greek as a way to get a greater appreciation for the original authors’ use of language.

In your second year, you’ll do a methodological course in how to perform what we call ‘close reading’ or ‘practical criticism’, and we have a range of text-based modules, arranged according to genre, which mirror the texts which the academic staff research and work on—these include Homer, the various ancient novels, Latin elegy, Roman verse satire, Platonic philosophy, and tragedy. We teach several of these classes to second- and third-year students alike, with different assessments for each year group, to enable student progression over the course of the degree.

Swansea is an established centre for the study of narrative, especially the ancient novel, under the auspices of our research group KYKNOS. As part of that, we have a guest speaker programme and a reading group as well as a dedicated MA.

Through the course of your Classics degree, in our close-knit community, you will each have an academic mentor from among the teaching staff to lend academic support. The Society for Ancient Studies organises social and cultural events, including museum trips.

Swansea University has been at the cutting edge of research and innovation since 1920. We have a long history of working with business and industry but today our world-class research has a much wider impact across the health, wealth, culture, and well-being of our society.

The University's foundation stone was laid by King George V on 19 July 1920 and 89 students (including eight female students) enrolled that same year. By September 1939, there were 65 staff and 485 students.

In 1947 there were just two permanent buildings on campus: Singleton Abbey and the library. The Principal, J S Fulton, recognised the need to expand the estate and had a vision of a self-contained community, with residential, social and academic facilities on a single site. His vision was to become the first university campus in the UK.

By 1960 a large-scale development programme was underway that would see the construction of new halls of residence, the Maths and Science Tower, and College House (later renamed Fulton House). The 1960s also saw the development of the "finite element method" by Professor Olek Zienkiewicz. His technique revolutionised the design and engineering of manufactured products, and Swansea was starting to stake its claim as an institution that demanded to be taken seriously.

Work began on the student village at Hendrefoelan in 1971, the South Wales Miners' Library was established in 1973 and the Taliesin Arts Centre opened on campus in 1984. The Regional Schools of Nursing transferred to Swansea in 1992, and the College of Medicine opened in 2001. Technium Digital was completed in 2005 and, barely two years later, the University opened its Institute of Life Science, which commercialises the results of research undertaken in the Swansea University Medical School. Work commenced on a second Institute of Life Science in 2009.


Candidates are expected to have achieved 70% in year XII


Candidates are expected to have achieved 70% Year XII including Standard XII in English - 70% or above (or equivalent).


Candidates are expected to have achieved a General Certificate of Education (Advanced level) - Three A Levels or equivalent. Minimum grades - BCC - AAB but it will depend on the course


Bachelor degree (Pass) in humanities / commerce subject areas: Division II
-IB: 32-34
-A Levels: AAB – BBB


A Levels with AAB plus EPQ B.

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