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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Classical Studies)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Classical Studies for your Graduate Diploma in Arts at Massey

A Massey Graduate Diploma in Arts (Classical Studies) is a way for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in classical studies.

Understand the present by studying the past

Classical studies trace meaningful connections between classical antiquity and our modern civilisation.

The Greeks and Romans have had a profound and lasting influence on world culture through their language and philosophy. As well as science, medicine, law, political institutions, art and architecture. They also created and developed almost every genre of Western literature.

In the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Classical Studies) you’ll examine important issues that arise from this heritage. You’ll also investigate the way the ancient world reacted to intellectual and physical challenges. Many of which still confront us today.

Follow your passions

Classical studies is interdisciplinary. You can study what you enjoy, and focus on subject areas that spark your interest. You can explore the classical world from many angles: literature, history, art, mythology, religion or war. Even love and sexuality.

You’ll acquire and develop a sought-after range of skills. Our evidence for the ancient world is challenging. It’s sometimes fragmentary, sometimes obscure, often biased or distorted. At Massey, you’ll make sense of it through argument and interpretation.

World-class learning

Massey offers passionate and friendly lecturers. It also offers a world-class distance-learning programme and multimedia learning materials.

Further study

If you successfully complete your Graduate Diploma in Arts, you could go on to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts or a Master of Arts.

A Graduate Diploma in Arts in Classical Studies is a good fit if you:

already have a bachelor’s degree and want to expand your horizons

want to develop your interest in classical studies

are considering postgraduate classical studies.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Classical Studies) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree or equivalent.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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