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    Develop the knowledge and skills needed to excel in your chosen career

Build your future

Develop your skillset, expand your analytical abilities and add an impressive achievement to your CV - a master's degree from Reading can set you on the right career-path.

"I started as an Assistant Production Editor at Oxford University Press nine months ago and have recently been promoted to a Production Editor. I am very busy right now working on 40 books, including Classics, Philosophy, and Religion titles. It's very good fun!"

Tessa Eaton

BA Classical and Medieval Studies, and MA in Classics graduate

Essential skills

A postgraduate degree in the ancient world enables students to develop strong transferable skills such as critical thinking, adaptability, research capabilities, diligence, independence, and the ability to understand people and situations across different cultures. A recent CBI Education and Skills Survey found that "employers focus above all on the attitudes and aptitudes that will enable graduates to be effective in the workplace", including teamwork, analysis, literacy and communication skills - all of which you will develop as part of your Classics degree at Reading.

"Postgraduate study teaches you the life skills you wouldn't necessarily have developed on your undergraduate course, and helps you to stand out from the crowd."

Karim Bhaluani

BA Classics graduate and MRes in Classics and Ancient History

Graduate destinations

Classics is one of the most established disciplines in the academic world, and the prestige of postgraduate degrees in this subject makes our graduates highly sought after. Examples of recent graduate destinations include:

ABMA Education


Burns & Wilcox  San Luis Obispo County History Center
Canterbury Christchurch University  Secretariat of Cypus, Presidency of the EU
Duke University, USA  Shaw Gibbs
KPMG  Spire Healthcare
Nationwide Building Society  Taylor & Francis Group
NHS Foundation Trust  University of Manchester
Nordea Bank  Ure Museum
Oxford University Press  Various schools

A bridge to doctoral study

A master's degree builds on the skills which you develop as an undergraduate, and introduces you to a new vista of research skills and independent study. Learning an ancient language is part of all of our master's courses, which further prepares you for doctoral research. By the end of your postgraduate degree you will have all of the knowledge and abilities required to move on to your PhD.



Past students have entered a wide range of exciting and rewarding careers. Discover what doors your degree could open.

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