Regent’s is ideally situated within the city for Classics tuition. Regent’s typically admits six students each year across Classics and its joint school courses.
Classics (Literae Humaniores) is a wide-ranging degree devoted to the study of the literature, history, philosophy, languages and archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. It is one of the most interdisciplinary of all subjects, and offers the opportunity to study two foundational ancient civilisations and their reception in modern times. The degree permits students also to take extensive options in modern philosophy, a flexibility which makes Oxford’s Literae Humaniores different from most other Classics courses.
When applying are students asked to submit written work?
Yes, as part of your application you will be required to submit two essays or commentaries of about 2000 words. Normally these will be in areas relevant to Classics. Further information about what constitutes suitable work is available on the Oxford admissions pages online. Please do consult this!
Do I need to sit a test?
Yes, all candidates must take the Classics Admissions Test in November, normally at their own school or college. The exact test(s) depend on whether you are studying Latin and/or Greek or neither for A-Level (or equivalent). Please consult the admissions website.
What proportion of the teaching in Classics is done in Regent’s itself?
A good proportion of our teaching is carried out in-house, and especially tuition in Greek and Latin language and literature and Roman history.
How are students in Classics mainly taught?
Students are usually taught in tutorials individually or in pairs, but they also attend faculty language classes.
How close is Regent’s to the Classics Faculty and the libraries and resources used by students of Classics?
Classics Faculty – 1 minute walk. Ashmolean Museum – 4 minute walk. Sackler Library – 2 minute walk
What can a first year student expect to study?
The first year focuses on Homer and Vergil, as well as one philosophy module, and a course titled ‘Texts and Contexts’. Students also receive intensive language tuition at an appropriate level, helping them develop their proficiency in Latin and/or Greek. Students select much more varied options from second- year onwards, in literature, history, art and archaeology, philology, and/or philosophy.
What do the students say?
“Whilst the Regent’s Classics library is enough to keep any undergraduate busy, another key – and in many cases life-saving – advantage is the college’s proximity to the University’s Sackler library, a treasure-trove of classical necessities, only feet away from the college.”
“My time studying Classics at Oxford has been made all the more stimulating and fun for the fact it has been at Regent’s. Its size means that when in times of academic trouble, like perhaps not understanding the intricacies of Greek grammar, help is only an email, a chat at Brew or a knock-on-the-door away.”