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Welcome to the Department of Classical Studies at the Open University.

What is Classics?

We study the texts, artefacts, images and ideas of ancient Greece, Rome and the Mediterranean. We study their transmission, reinterpretation and persistent presence across time, places and cultures. They are rich to think with, to create with and to argue about. They provide a critical distance from which to analyse not only the ancient world but also the intersecting traditions that link it with the contemporary world.

Why study with us?

We currently offer five undergraduate courses in Classical Studies and a taught MA. There are also opportunities for postgraduate research. The subject expertise of the full-time teaching staff ranges across most aspects of Classical Studies: archaeology, art history, history, language, literature, philosophy and reception of Classical culture.

Almost 3,000 students every year study Classics with the Open University. Find out why

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If you would like a taste of some of the things you will study, see our Taster Material.

Undergraduate study
Follow this link if you are interested in an undergraduate course in Classical Studies.

Postgraduate study
Our MA in Classical Studies was launched in October 2014.

Postgraduate research degrees
If you are interested in postgraduate research, see the Research Degrees Prospectus for application forms and details of our research areas. Learn more about how to apply.

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