BA (Hons) in Classical and Archaeological Studies


Program Description

The Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies is based in the School of European Culture and Languages, which is one of the largest academic schools in the University. Staff is renowned for the quality of their research and for their enthusiasm as teachers. The department is small and friendly which means you quickly develop close working relationships with lecturers and seminar leaders.

Exploring this fascinating and enriching period in Canterbury, a late Iron Age settlement, a Romano-British city, an Anglo-Saxon town, and a center of early Christianity gives you an ideal base for studying different cultures.

Our degree programme

Much of European civilization grew out of the classical world so it is not surprising that it is still highly relevant today. Classical & Archaeological Studies is a wide-ranging programme. You can choose to follow a specialized pathway, either Literature, History or Archaeology, or you can include elements from all these areas in one programme.

In your first year, you take introductory modules on archaeology and the civilizations of Greece and Rome. You can also study beginners’ Latin or Greek.

In your second and final years, you either follow your specific pathway, for example on the History pathway, you could study everyday life in the Roman empire or religions in ancient Greece. It is also possible to take a fieldwork practice module where you discover the latest techniques used in archaeological sites. In your final year, you complete a dissertation or extended essay (based on performance or interest) in a subject of your choice, supported by a supervisor.

You can also apply to take one of our placement modules, where you can gain teaching experience in a secondary school, or study museum or heritage studies, spending time on an internship in either a heritage organization or a museum. The placement modules are subject to a selection process.

Year abroad/placement year

You can apply to spend a year abroad as part of your degree programme. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to discover a new culture and demonstrates to future employers that you have the enthusiasm to succeed in a new environment. It is possible to spend a year or a term abroad at one of our partner institutions. You don’t have to make a decision before you enroll at Kent but certain conditions apply. It is also possible to undertake a placement year in industry.

See Kent’s Go Abroad pages for more details, or the Placement Year information from the Faculty of Humanities.

Extra activities

We work closely with external organizations, such as the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and many students take part in fieldwork activities. You can join the student-led Classical and Archaeology Society, which organizes social events, film screenings, and trips.

Independent rankings

Classics and Ancient History at Kent were ranked 12th for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2018 and 14th overall in The Guardian University Guide 2018.

For graduate prospects, Classics and Ancient History at Kent was ranked 8th in The Times Good University Guide 2018. Of Classics students who graduated from Kent in 2016, over 95% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).


Graduate destinations

Classical & Archaeological Studies prepares you for a range of careers in areas including:

  • archaeology
  • the heritage industry
  • museums
  • business
  • journalism
  • Civil Service
  • librarianship
  • teaching.

Alternatively, you could choose to pursue further academic study at Master's or PhD level.

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.

It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

QualificationTypical offer/minimum requirement
A level


Access to HE Diploma

The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.

If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall or 15 points at HL

Last updated Aug 2018

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About the School

The School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) is one of the largest academic schools at the University of Kent, offering an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes covering ... Read More

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