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    Join us to discover a deep and fascinating past, guided by expert lecturers

Undergraduate degrees

The Classics Department at Reading offers one of the widest ranges of specialist subjects in the UK, from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity and beyond, taught by world-leading experts.

Explore the fascinating world of the classical age and acquire analytical skills crucial for a successful career: our degree courses are an excellent place to start your Classics journey.

In 2020, our students gave us an 88% overall satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey (for more details, ask us at

Exceptional range of modules 

Join us on a journey of discovery through the ancient world, exploring the history, literature, art, culture and language of these classical civilisations.


During your degree you will attend lectures and interactive seminars which enable you to refine your knowledge and engage in debate with leading academics.


At Reading, we work with you to prepare you for your career beyond graduation, through volunteering opportunities, placements, and the development of essential transferable skills.


We help prepare you for your career with employability modules built into the structure of your degree. The range of analytical skills developed during classical study enables you to go into a variety of different professions.


What better way to enhance your classical degree than to see the world and the ancient sites you are studying. We offer an incredible opportunity to build travel into your studies and have the experience of a lifetime.


Joint courses

Exceptional range of modules

Do you want to learn more about the development of Athenian democracy, or discover the stories of the Peloponnesian War? Are you more interested in the sensation caused by Ovid's poetry or the ground shaking beneath the legions of Publius Quinctilius Varus? We offer a wide range of modules covering many different aspects of classical civilisations. This means that you can build your degree around the study of a particular civilisation or subject, depending on your interests.

Varied learning and teaching methods

During your degree, you will attend lectures from leading academics and interactive seminars where you will have a great opportunity to refine your knowledge and debating skills. Our degrees equip you with a vast range of skills and knowledge, allowing you to approach information from different perspectives.

Develop your language skills

Learn Latin or Greek at all levels, or study Egyptian hieroglyphs, Modern Greek, or other modern languages as part of your degree. Whether you're experienced in ancient languages or you've never studied them in your life, your journey with ancient languages will be enhanced at Reading.

Discover another corner of the world

What better way to enhance your study of the Classics than to see the world? We offer an incredible opportunity build travel into your studies, study abroad and have the experience of a lifetime.

Gain practical experience

At Reading, you'll have help to prepare for your career beyond what you learn. Our courses offer opportunities for volunteering, teaching and other workplace experience. Find out how this will fit into your degree and help your career.

 The building blocks of a successful career

We help prepare you for your career with employability modules built into the structure of your degree. The careers you can go onto from Classics are many and varied.

Our undergraduate courses

Contact the department

If you're interested in a Classics degree at Reading, why not come to one of our Open Days for a feel of the atmosphere on campus? Find out about our Open Days today.

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