If you have an interest in how literature and culture interact with each other, enjoy close reading, and are keen on history, then Classics and English will appeal to you. Regent’s typically admits two students per year in Classics and English.

Classics and English appeals to those interested in the interactions of historically diverse literary cultures. English may be taken with Latin or Greek or both. Course I is for candidates with an A-level or equivalent in either Latin or Greek or both: this is a three-year course. Course II is for those who have not had the opportunity to study either language at school or college. It includes a preliminary year, in which students learn Latin or Greek alongside some study of classical literature, so this course lasts four years.

Are applicants required to submit written work?

Yes, all candidates should normally submit two pieces of written work, where possible one relevant to Classics and one to English.

Do I need to sit a test?

All candidates must take the Classics Admissions Test (CAT) and the English Literature Admission Test (ELAT).

Who are the main tutors on the course?

The course of study is organized by Dr Lynn Robson (English) and Dr Peta Fowler (Classics).

How are students in Classics & English mainly taught?

A combination of tutorials (either single or paired) at Regent’s or Worcester College and university classes taught by Classics and English tutors.

How close is Regent’s to the faculty libraries and resources?

English – 10 minutes’ walk

Classics – 2 minutes’ walk

What can a first year student expect to study?

3-year course: Introduction to Literary Studies; Literature in English 1550- 1660; Greek or Latin translation; Greek or Latin Literature (Homer, Euripides, Aristophanes; Virgil, Catullus, Cicero, Propertius).

4-year course: Greek or Latin language; Greek or Latin texts (Homer, Lysias, Euripides; Virgil, Seneca, Catullus).

What do the students say?

“Classics and English is the only joint honours subject that offers papers that mix both halves of the degree: you get to study epic from nearly 3,000 years ago alongside epic from the 21st century! And Regent’s is the only college that

puts aside places for Classics and English which means you know people doing your subject which makes a real difference on a course with an intake of about 12 per year.”

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    2 students admitted each year

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    Course information

    A BA in 3 or 4 years
    UCAS code: QQ38 (Classics and English); QQH8 (Classics II and English)
    Deferred entry available: no
    Grade requirements: AAA. One should be English Literature or English Language

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    Director of Studies

    Alison Rosenblitt

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    RPC Admissions Officer

    +44 (0) 1865 288153
    academic.administrator@regents.ox.ac.uk