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UCC Undergraduate courses

Arts - Greek & Roman Civilisation

Course Fact File
CodeSubject available through multiple programmes
Subject TitleGreek & Roman Civilisation
QualificationsBA (Hons)
NFQ LevelLevel 8

Course Outline

Year 1 Module

  • GR1001 Greek and Roman Civilisation (15 credits)

This course covers the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, from Rome's foundation, c. 753BC, until the eclipse of Greek and Roman culture in the East, c. AD750. This includes the study of mythology, literature (poetry, prose, drama), art, architecture, and military and political history. No knowledge of the ancient languages is required, but you will also be given the opportunity to learn some Greek or Latin if you wish to do so.

Year 2

You choose from a variety of modules according to availability and interest. The topics will include:

  • Greek Epic Literature
  • The Rise of Christianity
  • Roman Imperial History AD14-68
  • Greek Mythology
  • Roman Epic Literature.

Year 3

You choose from a variety of modules according to availability and interest. The topics will include:

  • Alexander the Great
  • The Christian Gospels
  • Ireland and the Roman World
  • Spectacle in the Roman World.

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year-to-year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

Course Practicalities

All modules in Years 2 and 3 are 5-credit modules of 24 lectures each. There are no tutorials in any year.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.

Year 1 is assessed by a class test at the end of each semester, as well as a three-hour examination at the end of the year. Assessment varies from module to module in Years 2 and 3, but usually includes a 1.5-hour examination at the end of the year.

Who teaches this course

The modules are taught by Dr. David Woods, a specialist in the military and political history of the Roman Imperial and Late Antique periods, Dr. Catherine Ware, a specialist in the literature of the Roman Imperial and Late Antique periods, Dr. Crystal Addey, a specialist in Greco-Roman religion and philosophy of the Roman Imperial and Late Antique periods, Sean Murphy, and John Newman.

Why Choose This Course

Key facts

  • A knowledge of Greek & Roman Civilisation is essential for an understanding of the history and culture of Europe, even today
  • The classes are small after the first year, and permit far more personal attention and discussion than is possible in larger disciplines
  • The Department of Classics at UCC has a particular strength in the study of Roman history and numismatics (the study of coins)
  • The Boole Library in UCC has one of the best classical collections in Ireland and provides a marvellous resource for both undergraduates and postgraduates
  • A unique emphasis is placed on the importance of numismatics (study or collection of currency including coins) as well as the literary evidence in most of the historical lectures. 

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Study abroad

If you are studying through the BA International, you will spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities abroad. We currently have links with universities in: Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden Mexico, and the USA .

Work placement

If you study through the BA or the BA International, you will have the opportunity to avail of a work placement in Year 2. You can find out more here.

Skills and Careers Information

The detailed analysis of often contradictory ancient sources, accompanied by a study of the often equally contradictory modern interpretations of the same, will train you in the critical analysis of arguments and evidence in order to encourage rigorous critical and independent thought.


Refer to CK101 and CK108.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such applicants are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page and refer to our International Office page for more information.

Fees and Costs

  • Whether you are an EU or Non-EU student will affect the course fees applicable to you. See more information on EU Fees, Non-EU Fees, or Free Fees Status.
  • The State will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student contribution and capitation fees are payable by the student.
  • See the Fee Schedule to find out the course fee.
  • Check out scholarships that may be available to you.
  • Explore our Nurturing Bright Futures free online course (Module 5) to learn about managing your money as a student and budgeting for university life.

How To Apply

Refer to CK101 and CK108

Irish and European (EU/EFTA/UK) Applicants

Apply via the CAO. See the CAO Handbook for useful information on applying through the CAO. 

Mature Applicants 

Apply via the CAO by 1 February. To apply for a place as a mature student, you must be 23 years of age on or before 1 January of the year of entry.

QQI/FET Applicants 

Apply via the CAOSee our QQI/FET Applicants page for information on the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Further Education and Training (FET) application process. 

Non-EU Applicants 

If you are from outside the EU/EFTA/UK, apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page for more information. 

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