Anthropology and Classical Literature and Civilisation are two complementary subjects that can be studied alongside each other at degree level.
Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. You will embrace the diversity of Greek and Roman culture, drawing together literature, drama, myth, religion, history, philosophy and art in Classical Literature and Civilisation.
On the Anthropology side of your degree, you will develop a distinctive set of skills and attributes. You will learn how to search for, select from and evaluate sources of information, weigh up arguments, and present your findings effectively. As an anthropologist however, you will also become sensitive to the assumptions and beliefs that underlie behaviour in a range of social and cultural contexts, and this will give you a critical edge.
Why Study this Course?
- The Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Newcastle has over 50 years of expertise in teaching and research in this fascinating area.
- Taught by experts – You will study alongside some of the finest minds at Newcastle. Times Higher Education ranked the Department of African Studies and Anthropology 2nd in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise, whilst the Department of Classics was ranked in the Top 5.
- Excellent student experience – Over 92% of our students agreed that our academic staff are good at explaining things and made the subject interesting (NSS 2018).
- Wide range of modules – Our wide variety of Anthropology and Classical Literature and Civilisations modules are very flexible, allowing you to specialise more and more as you progress.
- The Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology provides a diverse range of opportunities to enrich your student experience. For example, students have been involved in the Classics in the Community project, working with teachers on developing new ways of telling ancient stories.
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- Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (3 Year)
Distance learning/ Campus
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Joint Honours flexibility
Every degree programme at the University is divided into 120 credits of study for each year of the programme. In the first year of a Joint Honours programme, you will study 60 credits in each subject as you learn the core elements of the disciplines. We recognise that students on Joint Honours programmes might come to favour one subject slightly more than another. To account for this, we have added more flexibility into the second and final years of our programmes. In the second year, you can stick with the 60-60 split between the two subjects or shift to a 80-40 credit weighting, effectively a major/ minor combination. You can either go back to 60-60 in the final year, maintain the same 80-40 split or reverse the major and the minor and go to a 40-80 weighting.
Anthropology compulsory modules
- Studying Societies (Anthropology) (10 credits)
- Anthropology and its Regions (10 credits)
- Thinking Anthropologically (20 credits)
- Anthropology of Africa (20 credits)
Classical Literature and Civilisation compulsory modules
- Project A (10 credits)
- Project B (10 credits)
Students must also choose 20 credits in each semester from
- The Greek World (20 credits)
- The Roman World (20 credits)
- Beginners’ Greek 1 and 2 (20 credits)
- Beginners’ Latin 1 and 2 (20 credits)
- 80 credits – Theory and Ethnography; Research in Practice; optional modules
- 60 credits – Theory and Ethnography; Research in Practice; optional module
- 40 credits – Theory and Ethnography; Research in Practice
Classical Literature and Civilisation
- 80 credits – optional modules
- 60 credits – optional modules
- 40 credits – optional modules
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
- 80 credits – Dissertation; optional modules
- 60 credits – Dissertation; optional module
- 40 credits – optional modules
Classical Literature and Civilisation
- 80 credits – Dissertation or Extended Essay; optional modules
- 60 credits – Dissertation or Extended Essay; optional modules
- 40 credits – Dissertation or Extended Essay; optional modules
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
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You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
Our unique degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development – a balance that is highly sought after by employers in today’s competitive graduate market.
The skills of an ancient historian – research, analysis, organisation, self-management and reasoning – are highly attractive to graduate employers. Our Ancient History graduates are capable of working independently and as part of a team, and can eloquently articulate judgements and arguments, which makes them highly sought-after employees.
Graduates in Ancient History have excellent employment prospects with 95% of graduates entering work and/or study six months after graduation (DLHE 2017).
You will be in high demand and well placed to forge a rewarding career in a variety of areas, including:
- Local government
- Museums and charities
- Cultural and heritage organisations
Therefore, studying Ancient History at the University of Newcastle opens doors to a wide range of careers. Some graduates will go onto undertake further study and research in pursuit of higher degrees.
Developing your career
Employers target University of Newcastle students for their diverse skill-set and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of our wide range of opportunities you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
- Careers events – we hold events covering careers in teaching, event management, marketing and working with charities to help you meet potential employers and learn more about these sectors.
- Global Challenge – you can apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement during your summer vacation through our Global Challenge initiative.
- Work experience bursary – we encourage you to apply your skills in the workplace by undertaking internships in the summer. Our work experience bursaries allow you to apply for funding to support you during unpaid internships.
- Cultural Internships – our innovative Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market. Our current partners include Newcastle Museums and Art Gallery, Newcatle REP, Newcastle Royal Ballet, City of Newcastle Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, Library of Newcastle.
There are also internships available at our own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.