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Greek and Latin (Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma) provide a self-contained period of structured but challenging study for anyone who wishes to pursue their interest in both the Greek and Latin languages.
This programme focuses exclusively on the acquisition and/or development of the Ancient Greek and Latin languages. Our language teaching system is split into different levels, allowing students to study each language from beginner level right up to advanced.
Each year two texts/authors are chosen for each language; one text is prose, the other is verse. The texts and authors change each year and you will have the opportunity to read both canonical and non-canonical authors.
Examples of works studied in the past few years are:
- In Latin - Petronius, Columella, Ovid, Claudian and Statius
- In Greek - The Homeric Hymns, Plato, Diodirus, Sophocles and Euripides
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Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Overseas (distance/online): £10,000
Fees are for the whole course.
Why choose this course?
The PG Diploma and Certificate in Greek and Latin are mainly of interest to those who want to learn or advance their existing knowledge of both Greek and Latin. One can start on either of the two programmes from complete beginners’ level, intermediate or advanced, based on their existing qualifications and knowledge. For those who have been studying Greek or Latin privately, we offer a test to place them at the correct level of language learning. PhD candidates, or those planning to embark on a PhD, can use these degrees to increase their competency in the ancient languages. For those interested in teaching Greek or Latin at any level, the degrees can provide an internationally recognised qualification. The degrees in Greek and Latin are available only as part-time options.
Specifically for language learners who study at a distance, the School provides the support of dedicated distance language tutors for all its language modules. The distance language tutors provide assistance and support to language learners, as well as interim feedback on assessment. The distance learning tutors work alongside the module lecturers in providing material for language study to distance learners. All language modules include an examination; examination arrangements are communicated to distance learners by the TSD Registry, and distance learners can ask for the support of the School in making arrangements for examinations.
What you will learn
These programmes offer students the opportunity to focus on the acquisition and/or development of both Greek and Latin and can be started at beginners, the intermediate or advanced level depending on their linguistic ability.
The PGDip is a postgraduate degree comprised of 120 credits (three taught modules) of postgraduate study. Part-time students are normally expected to complete the programme over a period no longer than two years, taking 60 credits per year.
The PGCert is a postgraduate degree comprised of 60 credits (two taught modules) of postgraduate study.
PG Cert (60 credits) & PG Dip (120 credits)
- Augustan Love Poetry (Advanced Latin) (30 credits; optional)
- Greek Historiography (Advanced Greek) (30 credits; optional)
- Greek Oratory (Advanced Greek) (30 credits; optional)
- Intensive Greek I (30 credits; optional)
- Intensive Greek II (30 credits; optional)
- Intensive Latin I (30 credits; optional)
- Intensive Latin II (30 credits; optional)
- Latin Epic (Advanced Latin) (30 credits; optional)
- Neronian Prose (Advanced Latin) (30 credits; optional)
- Republican Prose (Advanced Latin) (30 credits; optional)
- Short Poetic Forms (Advanced Greek) (30 credits; optional)
- The Medea Stories (Advanced Greek) (30 credits; optional).
Our language degrees in Greek and Latin involve a wide range of assessment methods. In addition to traditional essays and exams, you will be assessed through commentaries and in-class tests. This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in clear, professional, and a lucid manner, whether orally or in writing.
The entry requirement for these degrees is a 2.2 undergraduate degree. In addition, the School encourages students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience to apply.
The programme provides a strong foundation for postgraduate work, by laying particular stress on the languages.
The course also provides a professional qualification for teachers or others seeking Continuing Professional Development.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have an A Level in Latin and/or Greek, but I have not studied several years. Do I have to start at beginners’ level?
We offer our students the opportunity to sit a placement test to ascertain their level of current knowledge of either ancient Greek or Latin, so that they can start their studies with us at the correct level.
Can I take a module over the summer?
No, you cannot. All of our language modules are strictly semesterised.
Students can study for any of our degrees residentially on the Lampeter campus. Classes take place between Monday and Friday during the teaching semesters. On average, a full-time student is expected to attend eight hours of classes every week. All non-linguistic classes are very small, usually not more than 5 students, while language class sizes depend on the level of study, hence beginners’ languages often attract some 15 students, while advanced languages have an average class-size of 5 students.
All our degrees are available to distance learners, and indeed the greater part of our postgraduate cohort is comprised of distance learners. Every student has access to all module materials, including reading lists, on the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). All modules are taught by our lecturers, and are designed to be accessible and friendly to learning at a distance. Many of the modules are delivered in a blended fashion with use of video and audio presentations by the lecturers on each individual topic.
It is essential that distance learners have a good internet access, as well as use of computer facilities; the university offers all distance students individual support in accessing material from home. The Trinity Saint David Learning Resources Centre provides access to a variety of electronic academic material to distance learners, including more than 1000 Classics e-books, 70 Classics e-journals, and a number of specialised Classics e-resources.