Varied and engaging learning opportunities
Studying the Classics opens up whole vistas of knowledge and poses many questions. Our teaching is predominantly interactive and we believe that learning is a two way collaborative process, guided by the experience of the lecturer.
A complete learning experience
Our world-leading academics use a variety of teaching methods to ensure your studies are of the highest quality. You will learn mainly through lectures and interactive seminars, with the opportunity to discuss, debate and advance your own theories with academics and fellow students.
You will receive one-to-one support from your academic tutor throughout your degree, and you will be supervised by a specialist in your chosen subject during your third-year dissertation. You can also opt to participate in the Peer Assisted Learning scheme (PAL), which groups you with trained students, typically from the year above, to consolidate your learning.
"The purpose of the PAL scheme is to help first-year students consolidate their learning from lectures, in a smaller more informal classroom setting. I really enjoyed this scheme, which allowed me to get to know our first-year students, and gave me an insight into teaching."
Learn from passionate experts
Our academics are active researchers at the forefront of their disciplines, who also teach, thus providing students with access to current thinking. Our academics are passionate about conveying their research and expertise to our students, and strive to go above and beyond expectations. Our excellence in teaching has been recognised through various awards.
An inclusive, supportive community
The Classics Department at Reading is a friendly and welcoming community of students and staff. Our academics are very engaged with students and follow an 'open door' policy where students can approach them at any time for guidance and support. This approach is encouraged by the fact that our undergraduate study space is situated in the heart of the Classics Department, in the same corridor as our academics' offices.
"There is a great community spirit in the Classics Department. We have the resources room which is always full of people studying, the Classics Society which organises a range of social events, and research seminars every Wednesday afternoon. It's really easy to make new friends."
You can join our community even before coming to Reading: our Facebook group enables applicants to talk with current students and academics prior to beginning their studies, offering an insight into life at Reading and in the Classics Department. Our community is further strengthened through the Classics Society which brings together students across all years and academic staff in an informal setting, through a variety of events such as pizza parties, trips abroad and nights out.
The Department of Classics has a variety of unique resources of international importance, which you can access and use during your studies. These resources range from our very own museum of ancient artefacts, to a digital model of Rome which offers the unique opportunity to involve students at all levels in the research and creation of digital models.
In addition, our ideal location in close proximity to both Oxford and London provides students with access to important resources and collections, such as the British Museum, the British Library, and the Ashmolean Museum.
Come to an Open Day
Visit us to get a feel for the atmosphere in the Department and meet our academics.