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Classics Personal Statements

Your personal statement should convey why you want to study Classics at degree level to enter a career as a heritage manager, newspaper journalist, barrister or one of many other options.

Admissions tutors will want to see why you would be a good student for a Classics course, and what value you can bring to their department

Our personal statement examples should inspire you to write your own, and help you understand how previous students have successfully applied for a Classics degree in the past.

I have chosen to study Classics at university because it is a subject which combines both my interests in literature and history. I have been fortunate enough to read the work of many classical authors, such as Homer's 'Odyssey', and Sophocles' 'Oedipus the King' whilst studying Classics at an A Level...
Classical Civilisation and the ancient world have always fascinated me, from Homer to Zeus, and from politics to artwork, and so it is this academic field in which I wish to further my education and my career...
Although Shakespeare tells us otherwise, when Wilde says that "It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors." it is his position towards which I am more inclined. The value of literature is not solely that it mirrors the lives of Aeschylus in 5th century Athens or Murakami & 60s Japan, but that these works show us ourselves too...
The concept of heroism is something that I've always been fascinated by. Characters that we grow up with from film and fiction are symbolic of everything we believe a hero should be in the modern day: strong, noble, able to make the righteous choice in the face of adversity and yet still retaining their humanity and emotion...
The study of languages and their related cultures provides an excellent vista through which to understand humanity. From the literary to the political, the historical to the cultural, I appreciate the various components of exploring linguistic traditions...
I am fascinated by Classics because by looking to the past, we find our place in the world. Reading books such as Higgins' ‘It's All Greek to Me’ and Taggart's ‘A Classical Education’ in 2008 ignited my interest...
Watching Disney's adaptation of 'Hercules" at age 7 was the first introduction I had to the world of Classics and its story of the titular hero captured my interest and a curiosity that hasn't been lost since...