Classics in Final-Year Arts


Choosing your modules

For your final year in Classics you’ll choose three Classics modules per semester. We’ve indicated the core module for each semester and we strongly suggest that all students take this module. You should then choose two modules from the remaining options. The options for those continuing the study of Latin or Greek from second year are explained below. It is also possible to begin the study of Latin in the final year, provided the module times do not clash with other modules in your timetable, and we would encourage every student to give the languages a try. The final-year co-ordinator is Dr Jacopo Bisagni ( and he will be happy to discuss any questions you might have.

Signing up for tutorials

Look for details on the Blackboard page of the Core Module in each semester (see below for the Core Modules). You will be able to choose a tutorial time that fits your schedule there.

Continuing Latin from 2BA

Students who have studied Latin in second year are offered CCS315 Intermediate Latin 1 in Semester One and then CCS316 Intermediate Latin 2 in Semester Two. We also recommend Dr Bisagni’s CCS202 Latin and Historical Linguistics.

Beginning Latin

Latin is studied as a single 5-ECTS module per semester, meeting either two or three times per week and assessed by a combination of weekly exercises and periodic in-class tests. If you have questions, you should contact Dr Bisagni, who is co-ordinator of the beginners’ module.

Continuing Greek from 2BA

Students who have studied Greek in second year should take CCS308 in Semester One and CCS310 in Semester two. These continue from the Beginners’ course into continuous reading in Homeric Greek. We will also read selections in later varieties, such as Classical and Christian.

Advanced Latin and Greek

 The Latin class at this level constitutes modules CCS311 and CCS312. Students who have studied Latin for at least two years and are confident in their independent reading abilities will have much to gain from these classes.

Because of a staffing shortfall, Greek cannot be offered this year. However, any student who has studied Greek to the level of basic reading competence is welcome to join Prof. Clarke’s text-reading seminar, which this year will tackle the D-scholia to the Homeric Iliad. Depending on the circumstances of the individual student and their programme of study, it may be possible to provide credit to the level of 5 ECTS for this work.

Special Project in Classics

We offer a limited number of places to final-year students in CCS303.II Special Project in Classics, which is designed for students who wish to conduct an independent research project. If you are interested in pursing such a project, please speak to a member of staff with whom you would like to work. Acceptance to the module is competitive and is based on a formal application submitted by the end of September. This application must be approved by the potential supervisor and should include an outline of the proposed project, as well as preliminary annotated bibliography. The completed project will be submitted at the end of Semester Two.

Interdisciplinary options

Where possible, suitable modules from Celtic Civilisation are made available for Classics students and can be taken as optional modules. This year, one final-year module is offered in Semester One. For more information, see the relevant section.

Timetable clashes

You should check your timetable to make sure that the modules you choose are not scheduled at the same time. We have pointed out any clashes within the Classics programme, but we cannot predict clashes between Classics modules and modules in other subjects, though we have made every effort to minimise this happening.