New College of the Humanities to Offer Classical Studies as a Contextual Course

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New course will include the history, art, literature and philosophy of the ancient world

Professor A C Grayling

Education in the humanities is a classical inheritance, so naturally Classical Studies will complement our degree programmes perfectly

New College of the Humanities (NCH) is pleased to announce it will be offering Classical Studies as a contextual study option for students starting in September 2013. All students at the independent university-level college study four modules in a second subject in addition to their twelve-module degree. Contextual courses allow students at the College to broaden their understanding of the liberal arts.

The Classical Studies contextual course will comprise modules on Greek and Roman history, literature and philosophy. Besides exploring the great ancient historians, students will discover some of the masterpieces of epic, tragedy and lyric poetry, and get to grips with the thought and writings of philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle.

Dr David Mitchell will teach the course, along with Professor A C Grayling, Master of the College. Dr Mitchell held a lecturership in ancient philosophy in the Sub-faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and has also taught at the University of Leicester. For the last five years he has been teaching history of western philosophy at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, in London.

Professor A C Grayling said:

“I’m delighted that we are adding Classical Studies to our growing list of contextual courses at NCH. Education in the humanities is a classical inheritance, so naturally Classical Studies will complement our degree programmes perfectly.

“Contextual courses allow NCH students to broaden their approach to education, and students undertaking Classical Studies will be able consider history, art, literature and philosophy from a new angle.”

The four-module contextual courses form part of the broader liberal arts curriculum studied alongside a student’s degree University of London at the College, which also includes three core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking, and Science Literacy, and also the College’s unique Professional Programme.


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Notes to Editors
New College of the Humanities (NCH) offers a new model of higher education for the humanities in the UK. NCH students enjoy one of the best staff-to-student ratios in UK higher education and benefit from a high number of quality contact hours as well as engaging and challenging one-to-one tutorials.

Our professors are international experts in their fields and our full time academic staff members have been selected for their proven ability for teaching in addition to their research interests.

NCH welcomed its first intake of students in September 2012 and prepares students for undergraduate degrees in: Economics BSc; English BA; History BA; Law LLB and Philosophy BA. The College has recently announced that the Politics & International Relations BSc will also be offered from 2013.

In addition to their 12-module degree, all NCH students study a further seven modules. These comprise four modules from another degree subject as a contextual course and three core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking, and Science Literacy. All students also follow the College’s Professional Programme.

The College is centrally located in Bloomsbury, London’s university district and students, as associate members of the University of London, have access to many of the resources of the University of London: the exceptional library in Senate House, the University of London Union, sports facilities, and many other opportunities to enrich themselves through extra-curricular activity.

In 2012, NCH made offers of full scholarships or generous exhibitions to over 30% of applicants.

Scholarships are means-tested and cover the full cost of tuition over a three-year degree. These are awarded on academic merit, and students applying for these places will need excellent academic potential.

Exhibitions are based solely on academic excellence and the potential for a student to excel during their time at NCH. All students applying to NCH are automatically assessed for an exhibition. Exhibition students pay £7,200 per year, a fee lower than that charged by many UK institutions.

The College’s rolling applications process is independent of UCAS and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices. The next application deadline is Monday 21 January 2013. Visit for all enquiries and applications.

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