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    A flexible and supportive course that enables you to thrive in a dynamic research environment

A rich learning experience

Master's level study bridges the gap between conventional learning and research. Our master's course helps you to establish a firm grounding in the ancient world, while refining your skills and advancing your knowledge to the next level.

"The staff within the Classics Department are impressive beyond words, from their esteemed academic credentials and research, to their supportive and caring nature."

Bethany Greaves-Davis

MRes in Classics and Ancient History


Our academics are active researchers at the forefront of their disciplines, who also teach. This enables them to feed their research into their teaching, providing our students with access to current thinking and ground-breaking research.

Our team 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.

Develop your skillset

As part of our master's course you will have the opportunity to refine the skills gained during your undergraduate degree, and to learn new skills. Our master's course focuses on learning in small discussion groups where you will interact with both your peers and leading academics in the field. This enables you to engage in the crucial debates of the ancient world, as well as discussing and advancing your own theories. You will also develop your research skills as you work towards your dissertation, which can be applied in a range of careers and act as preparation for doctoral study.

Flexibility as you study

Our flexible master's course is designed to recognise that every student is unique: our course enables you to fit your studies around your commitments and to create a flexible course to suit your needs and interests. You can undertake our course full-time, over 12 months, or part-time, over 24 months.


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, whether face-to-face or by email. You will also receive one-to-one support from your academic tutor and your dissertation supervisor.

Unique resources

The Department of Classics has a variety of unique resources of international importance, which you can access and use during your studies:

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.

Contact the Department

Contact us today to find out more about our taught postgraduate course.

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