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Graduate Certificate in Arts (Classical Studies)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses are available in any one year
  • Not available for international students

Let your passion for the classics enhance your future

With the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Classical Studies), you can study classical studies without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Classical Studies) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of classical studies. You can then apply for postgraduate studies in classical studies if you wish.

Understand the present by studying the past

Classical studies traces meaningful connections between classical antiquity and our modern civilization.

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

On Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Classical Studies) you’ll critically 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, 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, a world-class distance-learning programme, and multimedia learning materials.

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


The study of classics fosters critical thinking, research skills and organisational techniques, together with a broader understanding of our culture.

These flexible skills can lead to careers in many fields below, including:

  • Architecture
  • Drama
  • Foreign affairs
  • Journalism
  • Law and politics
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Public relations
  • Teaching
  • Trade and industry

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