University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus 2015 entry

Classics and Oriental Studies

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Classics and Oriental Studies

A BA in 4 years (3 years if Oriental Studies is the main subject and no year abroad is taken)

UCAS codes: Q8T9 (Classics with Oriental Studies), T9Q8 (Oriental Studies with Classics)

Course statistics for 2013 entry

Interviewed: 89%

Successful: 56%

Intake: 4

Entrance requirements

A-levels: AAA with As in Latin and Greek, if taken

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB, with As in Latin and Greek, if taken

IB: 39 (including core points) with 666 at HL and an aggregate of 13 in Latin and Greek, if taken

Or any other equivalent

It is highly recommended for candidates to have Latin and/or Greek to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. However, candidates with no experience of studying these languages can still apply – please refer to the course details for information.

How to apply (see page 118) [Transcriber’s Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]

Tests: Classics with Oriental Studies – CAT on 5 November 2014 (including part B for Arabic/Turkish/Hebrew/Persian options)

Oriental Studies with Classics -Arabic/Turkish/Hebrew/Persian options only OLAT on 5 November 2014

Written Work: Two pieces

Tuition Fees for 2014

Home/EU: £9,000/year

No upfront costs: you can get a loan for the full amount

Grants, bursaries and scholarships available

More on student finance: p 120 [Transcriber’s Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]

The year abroad has lower fees.

More Information


+44 (0) 1865 288372

Oriental Studies:

+44 (0) 1865 278312

Oxford Open days

2 and 3 July, and 19 September 2014

2 May 2014: Joint Classics open day in Cambridge

What is Classics and Oriental Studies?

This course allows you to combine the study of an Oriental language and culture with Latin and/or Greek and the study of the ancient world. There are two options, Classics with Oriental Studies (Q8T9) and Oriental Studies with Classics (T9Q8). In each case the subject mentioned first is the main subject (approximately two-thirds of the degree) and the second subject is an additional subject (approximately one-third of the degree).

Classics and Oriental Studies at Oxford

Oxford is uniquely placed for the combined study of Classics and Oriental Studies, not least in the numerous and varied teaching staff in each faculty. The Ashmolean Museum houses collections of ancient artefacts, including coins, vases and manuscripts. The Sackler Library brings together books on the classical world and ancient Egypt and the near east, with a particular emphasis on history and art.

What are tutors looking for?

Tutors are keen to find out about your linguistic ability and your commitment to a wide-ranging course. Ability to sustain an argument is also important. Applicants will normally be interviewed by representatives of the Faculty of Oriental Studies and by Classics tutors.

For further information about the selection criteria see:

Related courses

Students interested in this course might also like to consider other Classics courses or other Oriental Studies courses.


Students following this course will develop very good linguistic and analytical abilities, combined with a breadth of knowledge of and approaches to the cultures they study, and will thus be very attractive to employers from a wide variety of sectors. Knowledge of a modern language opens up opportunities for internationally focused careers or careers with international companies or organisations. The Languages Work website has further information about such careers:

For more information about careers after Oxford, please see p 122 [Transcriber’s Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note].


Tikva, who graduated in 2007, is now a teacher. She says: “After graduating, I initially worked as a Classics teacher at Clifton College, Bristol, before taking up my current position at Beth Jacob Grammar School as an English Teacher. I also work as a Classics tutor during the evenings and at weekends.”

Classics with Oriental Studies

1st year, 2nd year (terms 1 and 2)

Follow the course for Classics (see Classics p 28 [Transcriber’s Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note])

First University examinations in Classics (see Classics p 28 [Transcriber’s Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note])

2nd year (term 3), 3rd and 4th years

Carry on with Classics options and choose Oriental language: Akkadian, Arabic, Aramaic and Syriac, Armenian, Coptic, Egyptian, Hebrew, Old Iranian, Pali, Persian, Sanskrit or Turkish

Final University examinations: Eight written papers (five in Classics, three in Oriental Studies); one paper may be substituted by a thesis

Oriental Studies with Classics

1st year

Select main language: Akkadian, Arabic, Egyptian, Hebrew, Persian, Sanskrit or Turkish

First University examinations in Oriental Studies (see Oriental Studies, p 96 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note])

2nd to 3rd or 4th year

Carry on with Oriental Studies options and choose classical language: Greek or Latin

Final University examinations: Eight to ten written papers (five to seven in Oriental Studies, three in Classics)

Bodleian Oriental Institute Library

The Bodleian Oriental Institute Library is located within the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford. The Library is primarily intended to meet the needs of the Faculty of Oriental Studies teachers and students, with its core collections comprising Islamic, South Asian and Jewish Studies.

Student statement

The ancient world is far more connected, far more interchanging than we’d previously thought, and that’s really exciting. Helen

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