Join the likes of former classics students Tom Hiddleston and J.R.R. Tolkien, on an educational odyssey through ancient Greek and Roman culture.

Classics is a diverse and multidisciplinary degree – you’ll be covering the languages, literatures, history, and philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome. Graduates have a reputation for being intelligent, analytical, and articulate.

Career paths for classics students are varied, and can include writing, law, heritage, arts, academia, business, finance, marketing, the public sector and more. You could also decide to go into teaching or study for a master’s or PhD.

15 months after studying, 56.1% of classics graduates are employed, and 15.4% are in further study (JISC).

The impact you could make
  • Become a museum curator and oversee the acquisition and display of Greek or Roman artefacts.
  • Use your linguistics and written skills as a marketing executive, developing campaigns for a product you love.
  • Join the civil service and make a difference, whether in human resources, commercial, or the diplomatic service.
What you could study
  • Latin language
  • Greek language
  • Greek drama: tragedy and comedy
  • The ancient novel
  • Metamorphosis
  • Iliad
  • Aeneid
  • Sculpture
  • Ancient Greek philosophy: the pre-Socratic to Aristotle, and beyond
  • Greek and Roman mythology

Study options

Options to study in this field include:

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Example module
“I loved studying Seneca and his philosophy, The Artistic Mind – Graeco-Roman art and its reception, as well as Greek Epic Poetry and Greek Tragedy.”
Third year classics student, University of Manchester
Example assignment
"A research essay exploring the positive and negative aspects of Ostracism in ancient Athens.”
First year ancient history student, Swansea University

Subjects it's useful to have studied first

Some classics courses or apprenticeships will have requirements for previous qualifications in certain subjects. Entry requirements vary, so always check with the provider.

Ancient Greek
English literature
Hard skills you'll develop
  • Data analysis
  • Project management
  • Language skills
  • Marketing
Soft skills you'll develop
  • Research
  • Communication
  • Presentations
  • Self-motivation

Careers: Where it can take you

Find out more about your career prospects from studying classics. The following information is based on a typical archivist, conservator, or curator role.

Available jobs
14.146 vacancies in the past year
4.17% growth over next eight years
Average salary
Up to £51,874

Career options

Business or charity

Fundraising campaign manager


Marketing and PR

Management consultancy

Government and teaching



Research and academia

What is a… heritage manager?

You may be able to guess but a heritage manager looks after sights of historic interest, like museums, buildings, gardens, and monuments. As well as overseeing the maintenance and conservation of these sites, they’re responsible for running them efficiently, including managing staff and budgets, attracting visitors, and advocating for the site publicly. Your knowledge of Greek and Roman history and culture could play a useful role at a relevant museum or historical site. 

Getting in: Entry requirements

Find out more about what you'll need to study classics at university or as an apprenticeship.

Average requirements for undergraduate degrees

Entry requirements differ between university and course, but this should give you a guide to what is usually expected from classics applicants.

A levels
Scottish Highers
Other Level 3/Level 6 qualifications (e.g. Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma or SQCF Level 6) may be accepted as an alternative

Other subjects you may be interested in

What things do you love most about Classics?

Second year classics student, University of Durham
There is such a wide variety of topics you can study within Classics and so there is something for everyone, and you don’t get bored of doing the same thing all the time!

Explore further

Go deeper into topics around classics with the following:

  1. The ENTIRE story of Greek Mythology explained

    If you want to sound like you know what you’re talking about, try these YouTube explainers from The Life Guide on all things Greek mythology.
  2. Satura Lanx - beginner-friendly Latin

    If you’re not already studying Latin, try these beginners’ speaking guides to give a flavour of this ancient language. 
  3. Greek Sculpture: Painted Marble, not White!

    The World History Encyclopedia on YouTube has all sorts of videos on ancient Greece and Rome, but why not start with this one about Greek sculpture. 
  4. You're Dead to Me

    You’ll find several episodes of this amusing podcast relevant to studying classics, starting with this one about Atlantis. 
85% of students
are highly likely to recommend Classics to others
(UCAS subject guide survey 2023)

Application advice

Whether it's personal statement tips or what to write in a cover letter for an apprenticeship application, our application advice will help you get ahead in your classics journey.
Skills, experiences, and interests to mention
  • Give admissions tutors a reason why you want to study classics. Are there books that inspired you as a child? Do you love history, or a certain aspect of ancient Greek or Roman culture? What do you hope to learn on this course?
  • You’ll need to be self-motivated and able to work independently to deadlines. Give an example of when you’ve done this, whether for your exams or teaching yourself a skill like guitar or coding.
  • You’ll also need to read a lot and critique texts – think of how you can show this, through acclaim you’ve had for schoolwork or mentioning books you’ve enjoyed reading and why.
  • Show your aptitude for languages. If you haven’t studied Latin or Greek, maybe you’ve learned French, Spanish, or German. Have you spent any time studying abroad or using your languages regularly?
  • You’ll also need to be articulate and learn good presentation skills. Have you been a member of a drama club or debating club? Have you given a speech before, or a presentation at college or a local youth group?

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