Classics with Oriental Studies at Balliol College
One of the biggest Classics colleges in Oxford, Balliol is unusual in having tutors in all four of the main areas of the subject, a large, vibrant and cohesive community of undergraduates and postgraduates, a college library with one of the best Classics collections in Oxford, and plenty of opportunities to participate in the wider life of the subject, including Classics societies and travel grants.
For Oriental Studies, both Professor Thomas and Dr Kelly (see below) have strong research interests in the relationship between Near Eastern and Ancient Greek culture and literature. Furthermore, both the Boden Professor of Sanskrit and the Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies are located at Balliol. Both offer teaching to undergraduates, sometimes in the College, alongside the instruction they receive at the Oriental Institute and, for some subjects, in other centres.
Balliol is close to the Oriental Institute just a few minutes’ walk away in Pusey Street. The superb collections of the Ashmolean Museum and the Sackler Library, as well as the Griffith Institute for Egyptology, are round the corner in George Street. The Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies is not much farther away in Walton Street, as is the China Centre, in Canterbury Road.
Number of places at Balliol: 7–8 for Classics (and Joint Schools).
About the course
This degree is particularly suited to highly motivated students with serious intellectual interests in Classical and Oriental cultures, and an excellent aptitude for languages.
Course requirements and selection criteria
We only take students in Classics with Oriental Studies (i.e. focusing on the Classics side of the degree), rather than Oriental Studies with Classics. See also the University’s entrance requirements.
For selection criteria, please see the Faculty of Classics website.