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Greek, Latin and Classical Philology

On the Classical Philology programme, you study Greek and Latin, Greco-Roman literature and the history of classical culture and ideas.

About the programme
Quota 1 2019: 5   |   Quota 2 2019: All admitted  
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: Week 35


This programme is only offered in Danish.

On the Classical Philology programme, you study Greek and Latin literature in the original language, and you investigate linguistic, literary, historical, cultural and philosophical issues. You also study the influence of the classical world’s cultures on the modern world.

Studying on the Classical Philology programme

Courses on the Classical Philology programme are based on practical exercises, lectures and classroom instruction, where you give presentations, participate in discussions and work with your study group. Independent study is a major part of the programme, and you spend a lot of time unravelling knotty grammatical problems and immersing yourself in complex, intricate texts from the distant past. You can choose to train as a classical philologist if you study both Greek and Latin, or you can choose to focus on either Greek or Latin in combination with another subject at the university.

The ancient world

As a student of the Classical Philology, you explore a wide variety of subjects, including literary theory, textual criticism, rhetoric, philosophy, religion and archaeology. You read works from the entirety of Greco-Roman antiquity, but you focus primarily on the classical era. You study works by Greek writers including Homer, Herodotus and Plato and texts in Latin by Catullus, Cicero and Caesar.

Career opportunities

When you finish your Bachelor’s degree, you are eligible for admission to a variety of Master’s degree programmes. For example, the Master’s degree programmes in Classical Philology, Latin and Greek, all of which lead to career opportunities in education, research, archives and cultural institutions.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22295

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Greek A*
  • Latin A*
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B

*The requirement of an additional language qualification may be replaced by an introductory course in connection with the degree programme.


If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of: 

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B

Programme structure (Classical Philology)

You have three options when you study Classical Philology. You can study Greek, Latin or both languages. The courses on the programme give you a foundation in the language(s) and literature(s) you choose, and you learn how the classical languages have influenced modern languages. You also learn about the history and culture of the ancient world. If you decide to study both languages, you become a classical philologist, and if you decide to study either Greek or Latin, you can combine your studies with a supplementary subject.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can read more about the content of the individual course, the structure of the degree programme and the demands the programme places on you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

In the diagram below, you can see how the programme is structured if you choose to study Classical Philology. You can click on the various courses to read the individual course descriptions.

Student life

Academic life on the Classical Philology programme

Classical Philology is a smaller degree programme, which means that you will study in small classes where you have lots of opportunities to engage in dialogue with your instructor. Sometimes your instructor will present material to the class, and sometimes you will be asked to make a presentation yourself. You will also be part of a study group, where you will work on presentations together and discuss your subject. 

Here is an example of a typical week in the third semester of the BA programme in Classical Philology. As you can see, you spend a lot of your time preparing for lectures and classroom lessons independently. This is why Classical Philology is a full-time degree programme, even though you don’t necessarily have scheduled classes every day. This means that you will also learn how to structure your time in the course of your studies. 

9:00-17:00 Independent study

8:00-14:00 Independent study
14:00-17:00 Cultural History of Antiquity

10:00 - 12:00 Information Search
12:00-15:00 Study group
15:00 - 16:00 Information Search

8:00 - 11:00 Introductory Philology
11:00-17:00 Independent study

9:00-11:00 Study group
11:00-14:00 Independent study
14:00 - 17:00 Friday bar

Social life on the Classical Philology programme

When you’re not immersing yourself in the fine points of Latin and Greek, there are lots of social and academic activities you can participate in as a student of Classical Philology: 

Classical Philology has a Friday bar together with the Classical Archaeology programme. The bar is a place to socialise and wind down for archaeology and philology students. 

Classical Studies has a journal called Agora. Here students, researchers and teaching staff share their latest discoveries about Greek and Roman antiquity. Agora
Read the journal (in Danish)

The degree programme committee
If you’re interested in having an influence on your degree programme, you can join the degree programme committee. Classical Philology shares a degree programme committee with Classical Archaeology. The committee is the students’ voice in relation to university affairs. 

Studying abroad

As a Classical Philology student, studying abroad for a semester is an excellent idea, as it help you improve your language skills and gives you a chance to learn about the culture of a different country. During the last year of your BA programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

Commencement of studies

Your time at Aarhus University will begin with an introductory week in week 35 (the last week of August). During this week, you will get an introduction to IT systems, exam forms and degree programme structure and opportunities as well as meeting your teachers. You can read more about your commencement of studies and the introductory week here. On this page, you will also find tips and good advice for new students at Aarhus University.

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Your career opportunities as a graduate of the Classical Philology programme depends on your choices and interests during your studies. Your choice of BA supplementary subject and Master’s degree are crucial. 

During the Bachelor’s degree programme, you immerse yourself in the language(s)you choose, which gives you insight into rhetoric as well as grammar and vocabulary. You also gain a wide knowledge of the culture, society and literature of antiquity, and you learn how to understand the literature of antiquity in a historical context. 

Most graduates of the Classical Philology programme work as teachers, for example at upper secondary schools or folk high schools. Careers in project management, communications or consulting are other options. 

Supplementary subjects

You have many options when choosing a supplementary subject during the course of your degree programme. Here are some examples:

  • Supplementary subject in Rhetoric
  • Supplementary subject in Philosophy 
  • Supplementary subject in Literary and Cultural Translation



Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s programme in Classical Philology go on to do a Master’s degree. You should be aware that specific supplementary subjects can be a prerequisite for admission to some MA programmes. Here are some examples of the options available to graduates of the BA programme:

  • The Master’s degree programme in Classical Philology, where you continue to increase your mastery of the two languages and gain a deeper understanding of their resemblances and differences to modern European languages.
  • The Master’s degree programme Religious Roots of Europe, a degree programme offered in English that explores the emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and their roles in forming European culture.
  • The Master’s degree programme in Classical Archaeology which introduces you to the archaeological tools and methods used in excavating and interpreting the material culture of the Mediterranean.
  • The Master’s degree programme in Comparative Literature, which teaches you to understand the literatures of the world from an historical perspective.