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Study Classical Studies with Us

Why Classical Studies at the OU?

We make Classical Studies open to everyone

You can start studying Classical Studies with us from scratch – and many of our students end up working towards an MA or even a PhD! Why not start your own learning journey by accessing some of our free taster materials on the OpenLearn site, which range from online courses on the Library of Alexandria and the basics of Classical Latin to bitesize animations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

Our curriculum reflects the full variety and breadth of Classical Studies

Our modules cover an enormous range of classical subjects – the Homeric epics, mosaics and sculptures from Roman Britain, Cleopatra on the silver screen…these are just some of the diverse topics you might meet from one day to the next! Classical Studies brings together several disciplines, and this is reflected in our qualifications – which give you the opportunity to study a combination of literature, language, philosophy, art, archaeology and more.

You can design your own Classical Studies learning journey

You can study for individual modules, or else work towards one of our qualifications. You can also choose to study Classical Studies alongside a range of other subjects. Most of our students begin their undergraduate degrees by studying Classical Studies alongside other Arts disciplines including Art History, Creative Writing, English, History, Music, Philosophy and Religious Studies. And you’ll have the option to pursue these subjects alongside Classical Studies as you progress through your degree.

You’ll gain valuable ‘transferable skills’ in addition to subject-specific knowledge

In addition to gaining all your subject-specific knowledge, you’ll also be trained in ‘transferable skills’ such as extended writing, analytical thinking, problem-solving, and the communication of knowledge and ideas to different audiences. We’ll help you find the best way to articulate the valuable skills you have acquired during your OU studies when you’re talking to employers, or in other life situations.

You’ll be taught by a unique team of subject experts

You’ll work with experts, and listen to debates between academics who are at the forefront of work on Classical Studies. Our world-class research projects include work on Roman textiles and digital mapping, votive offerings and the reception of antiquity in contemporary literature and art. As well as interacting with OU staff, you’ll also get to hear from classicists and historians from other universities who have contributed to our cutting-edge multimedia resources. And you’ll be supported throughout your studies by a dedicated team of OU Associate Lecturers.

Classical Studies at The Open University is inspiring and fun!

We consistently score very highly in student satisfaction ratings, and our students are the best ambassadors for our subject. You can read some inspiring stories written by OU Classical Studies students on the OU Classical Studies Blog: just go to the main blog page and click on ‘Undergraduate student profiles’ or ‘Postgraduate student profiles’ in the category list on the right-hand side.

And you can connect with us on Twitter @OU_Classics for up-to-date news and study suggestions.

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