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PD-ARTS Classics

Informal specialisationYear: 2019

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Please note that PD-ARTS Postgraduate Diploma in Arts will no longer be accepting new applications as of the 1st January 2015, the program from 2015 will be offered as GDA-ARTS Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced). Please refer to the correct handbook entry for program information for commencing students from 2015.

Ancient Greek and Latin have been taught at the University of Melbourne since its very foundation, and have been a core element of higher education for many centuries. The overall objective of the Classics program is to introduce students to key literary texts from classical antiquity (including history, drama, oratory, philosophy, epic, and lyric poetry), and to enable students to discover the many important contributions which reading ancient texts in the original languages can make to understanding both the ancient world and the Western tradition. A knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin is also very useful for research and training in such related disciplines as biochemistry, medicine, the history and philosophy of science, archaeology, Biblical studies, history, philosophy, art history, Romance language studies, English literary studies, and music.

The Postgraduate Diploma program is an advanced level of study designed to allow students to specialise their knowledge across one area of study. Students accepted into the program undertake fourth-year level subjects and a research thesis. The opportunity to specialise provides a strong foundation for the future direction of graduates, whether as a means of progressing to higher degree research in Arts at the Masters or PhD level, or improving the scope of employment options and professional advancement.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in this area of specialisation should:

  • gain advanced knowledge of the literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome through texts in the original ancient languages;
  • acquire advanced skills and methodologies for the analysis of ancient cultures, and the linguistic analysis of Ancient Greek and Latin languages;
  • understand modern critical frameworks for the study of Classics;
  • develop and sustain an argument based on research.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in this area of specialisation requires:

  • thesis subject (50 points)
  • three compulsory subjects (37.5 points)
  • one elective subject (12.5 points).

Total 100 points

Please note: the thesis must be taken over two consecutive semesters

Subject Options

Thesis Subject

50 points

Please note: the thesis must be taken over two consecutive semesters

Code Name Study period Credit Points

Compulsory Subjects

Three compulsory subjects (37.5 points)

Code Name Study period Credit Points
CLAS40034 Classics Honours Seminar 1
Semester 1
CLAS40035 Classics Honours Seminar 2
Semester 2

Elective Subjects

12.5 points

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ANCW40001 Euripides, Seneca, and Mythmaking
Semester 2
ANCW40003 Archaeology of Complex Societies
Semester 2
ANCW40007 Problems in Greek Prehistory
Semester 1
ANCW40012 The Roman Way of Life
Semester 1
ANCW40015 Gender and Sexuality in Greece and Rome Not available in 2019 12.5


Last updated: 3 April 2019