BA Greek

About the Course

Our degree in Greek will provide you with the skills to explore first-hand the culture that shaped the Western world. The Greeks were the primary influence on Western literature, architecture, art, science and medicine. Through the study of original texts, you will be able to access a wealth of material to help you expand your knowledge of both the language itself and all aspects of Greek culture.Priene Inscription

You can start your study of ancient Greek at any level, including beginners, and you will continue with it throughout your degree. The culmination of the degree is the dissertation, where you are free to pursue a topic of your choice in line with our range of research and publication specialisms.

This programme is designed for students who relish the challenge of focusing in-depth on language study while also acquiring a rounded knowledge of the Classical world and valuable transferable skills. Throughout your study, you will be able to map your learning progress through assessment types such as essays, presentations, wikis, web pages and examinations, and thus develop and hone skills that make you attractive to future employers. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the wider research community and are always welcome at our research seminar series, which feature speakers from around the world.

Students at the Parthenon, Fieldtrip to Athens (2010) Incorporated into our Greek Joint Honours degree are opportunities for study abroad with our partners at Bologna (Italy), Tarragona (Spain) and Hobart and William Smith (USA). Whilst on Lampeter Campus, as a student in the School of Classics, you will not only be part of one of the largest schools, but also of the vibrant Classics community. Smaller than average group sizes, especially in language classes, allow staff in the School of Classics to get to know most, if not all, of the School’s students on a first name basis.

The ratio of staff to students also means that we offer an excellent student support network. Every student in the School has a personal tutor, and the School’s dedicated Support Liaison Officer and First Year Tutor are always on hand should extra support be necessary.

We also support very active student-led Classics and Ancient Civilisations societies, which have organised movie nights and theatre trips and put on plays themselves.

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BA (Joint Honours)

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Course Length
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Entry Requirements

Whilst our general offer ranges from 240-260 UCAS points, usually over 3 A levels, each individual case is taken on merit. If you wish to study Greek and Latin as a Joint Honours degree, you will need to have attained a GCSE or equivalent in either Greek or Latin. Of greater importance are your personal statements, references and your potential. You may be invited to interview to help us better assess this.

Career Opportunities

  • Business and commerce
  • Library and information services
  • Teaching
  • Further study

Employment details

There is no one path for our Greek Joint Honours graduates. The traditional routes of teaching, information services and research – governmental, academic and media – are still pursued by our graduating cohort. However, the programme of embedded employability offered by the School of Classics at Trinity Saint David, in addition to the benefit of a joint language and humanities based degree – with all the different skills this requires – ensures that our Greek Joint Honour graduates have the tool box, and confidence, to explore a wide variety of career paths.

Indeed, our graduating students have explored options from media to archiving, from teaching ESL to museum work and everything in between. Taking all that they have gained from studying Greek with us and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, Greek Joint Honours graduates from Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.


School of Classics


Lampeter Campus

Typical modules

  • Ancient Greek at beginners, intermediate or advanced level (as appropriate)
  • Sparta: An Extraordinary City
  • On Love’s Trail: Exploring the Ancient Novel
  • From Gods to CGI: an Introduction to Classical Mythology and its Receptions
  • Athens vs. Rome: Life and Culture in Classical Antiquity

Key Features

  • In-depth study of ancient Greek starting at an appropriate level
  • Innovative language learning support through our e-learning platform
  • Small and friendly classes
  • Opportunity to study a variety of literature, both in the original and in translation
  • Excellent student support
  • Study abroad opportunities with our partners at Bologna (Italy), Tarragona (Spain) and Hobart and William Smith (USA)

Programme Specification

Programme Specifications BA Greek Joint Honours

Further Information

Joint Routes Available

BA Ancient History and Greek – QVT1

Combining Ancient History with Greek is the best combination for those with an interest in the political and military history of the ancient world, with a particular interest in the Greeks, their history and culture. No prior knowledge of Greek is needed to be admitted to this degree scheme.

BA Classical Studies and Greek – QQ87

BA Joint Honours Classical Studies and Greek is the best degree scheme for students that want to study in depth the literatures and cultures of the ancient world with a particular interest in the Greek texts, such as tragedy and comedy, epic and historiography. No prior knowledge of Greek is needed to be admitted to this degree scheme.

BA Greek and Latin – QQ67

The BA Joint Honours Greek and Latin is the perfect combination for those that want to study in depth the languages of the ancient world. This degree scheme is best for those that already have some knowledge of either Greek or Latin (ex. to GCSE level) and want to explore Latin and Greek in depth.

Assessment methods

A joint honours degree with Greek involves a wide range of assessment methods. In addition to traditional timed tests, literary criticisms, gobbets, essays and exams, you will be assessed through presentations – oral and powerpoint based, at both individual and group level – bibliographic exercises, creation of abstracts, in-house conference papers, article reviews, and, of course, the dissertation. This breadth of assessment type creates variety in the student experience, allowing you to explore the subject in different ways, and also embeds within the Greek Joint Honours programme the specific employability skills desired, indeed required, by employers today.

Learning and Teaching methods

Providing our students with a range of learning opportunities and excellent teaching is the primary aim of the School of Classics. We employ innovative methods and approaches that enhance our students’ learning throughout their studies.

All our degrees are modular. Full-time students are required to take 120 credits at each level of study. A full-time student will normally take 6 modules a year, each worth 20 credits – 3 per semester. Part-time students are required to take between 40 and 60 credits a year.

All our undergraduate modules are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, with language tuition taking place in small classroom environments. Lectures offer students the opportunity to be introduced to specific aspects of a module. Seminars are opportunities for group-discussion and debate. Workshops allow students to explore aspects of a module in an autonomous fashion, often in a practical manner, under the lecturer’s supervision. On average undergraduate students spend about 12 hours per week in class and about 30 hours per week in class and assignment preparation.

Our students enjoy the use of an excellent suite of subject-specific resources, both electronic and hard-copy at the Learning Resources Centre. All our modules are taught with the support of innovative e-learning techniques via our Virtual Learning Environment. The School of Classics makes great use of its VLE: we podcast and/or vidcast every lecture and many grammar aspects of language provision, post all powerpoints and handouts and utilise the space for links, discussions and group work. Our VLE is a live forum through which students and staff can interact, through which students are able better to revise and explore difficult topics and through which students are better able to access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.

All our modules are taught by specialists and active researchers. The influence of our research on our teaching offers our students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries, whilst our independent study modules allow you to explore your passion in its entirety. There are also opportunities available for study abroad.

Studying a Greek Joint Honours degree with us here at Trinity Saint David means research-led teaching and research-active learning in an environment that allows for both full use of the virtual world and the personal approach of expert tuition.