Classics (Greek & Roman Civilization, Latin & Greek)

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) OR BSc (Hons) NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN520 BA Joint Honours
CAO Points Range 2019: 336
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 420

CAO Code: BSc DN700
CAO Points Range 2019: 392
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

Leaving Certificate:

DN520 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.

DN700 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

As so much of European culture looks back to Classical Antiquity, studying Classics will give you insights not just into the ancient past but also into the ideas and texts that shaped the present. Three subjects are offered within the BA degree, which you can take separately or combine:

  • Greek & Roman Civilisation
  • Latin
  • Greek

Greek & Roman Civilisation explores the Classical World, through history, literature, art, archaeology, mythology and philosophy. You do not need any previous knowledge of the subject, nor will you have to learn the ancient languages.

Latin and Greek allow you to either learn a language from scratch or to develop your existing knowledge. Learn to read works by authors such as Cicero, Homer, Plato, Sophocles and Virgil, in their original languages.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates have highly valued skills including research and data analysis, presentation and discussion of opposing viewpoints, and writing English to a high standard. Graduates have pursued various careers, such as:

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • IT
  • Law
  • Business

You can continue your study of the ancient world at UCD, with a taught MA in Classics and a research degree – MLitt or PhD.

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What Will I Study

Greek & Roman Civilization

First Year

  • Classical Greece
  • Age of Augustus
  • War and the Hero (Homer and Virgil)
  • Lost Cities of the Ancient World.

Second & Final Years

  • Alexander the Great
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Heracles the Hero
  • Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians
  • Minoans and Mycenaeans
  • Epic after Virgil
  • The Oedipus Myth
  • Pompeii
  • Eating and Drinking in Antiquity
  • Family Life in Ancient Greece
  • Magic in the Ancient World.

There is also the opportunity at the end of first or second year to go to Greece on our study tour.

You can undertake Latin in first year as a beginner. Students who studied Latin at Leaving Cert (or equivalent) can develop their knowledge through modules on language, literature and culture. Authors studied include Virgil, Cicero, Tacitus, Livy.

We offer a language programme for beginners leading to the study of authors such as Homer, Plato, Lysias, Sophocles, Thucydides and Euripides.

Students will attend lectures and tutorials as well as undertaking independent reading and study. Some modules are taught in small classes. Assessment is through a mix of class tests, exams, coursework essays, learning journals and group work.

How Will I Study

Classics (Greek & Roman Civilisation, Latin and Greek) (BA Arts)
Studying Classics (BA Humanities)
Classics, Art History & Archaeology Classics, English & History
Classics (Greek & Roman Civilisation, Latin and Greek) (BSc Social Sciences) as a minor with one of the following:
Archaeology Geography

International Study Opportunities

UCD School of Classics has links with the Universities of

  • Athens
  • Catania
  • Cyprus
  • Erlangen
  • Stuttgart
  • Rouen

Non-EU exchange opportunities include the

  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Virginia, USA.


The Classical Museum at UCD holds the largest collection of Greek and Roman artefacts on display in Ireland. Students taking relevant modules have the opportunity for hands-on interaction with the collection.


“Greek and Roman Civilisation was a major highlight of my time in UCD. The many aspects of life that the programme touches on (history, literature, drama, art, archaeology and language to name a few) kept me engaged and interested throughout. The wonderful teaching of the School of Classics provided me with excellent analytical skills which have been key assets to, and indeed inspired me towards, my subsequent career in law. To enhance my research abilities for my career, and as my undergraduate experience was so enjoyable, I have also undertaken the MA in Classics part-time.”

Alex Ryan, History & Classics Graduate

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