Postgraduate taught courses

Our high-quality postgraduate taught programmes enable you to develop expert knowledge and specialist research skills in Classics and Ancient History. All our programmes lead to the qualification of Masters of Research. These are taught degrees, but also offer the opportunity to produce a substantial research dissertation which carries a higher number of credits than a standard MA. Our internationally acclaimed academic staff provide expert supervision and teaching on topics ranging from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia to contemporary receptions. We have excellent resources, including the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, and enjoy close proximity to major research collections in Oxford and London.

A Masters at Reading makes an ideal stepping stone for doctoral research or teaching, as well as providing a postgraduate qualification in its own right which will equip you with valuable transferable skills.

Masters Programmes in the Department of Classics

We offer three different Masters courses:

Now accepting applications for the cohort to begin in September 2017

What is an MRes degree?

All Masters Programmes offered by Department of Classics are Masters of Research degrees. The Masters of Research is a taught degree. It differs from an MA by having a dissertation that accounts for a higher proportion of credits. It allows you to focus on a particular topic in depth and independently.


Students take a total of 180 credits over one year (from October to September) if studying full-time, or over 24 months if studying part-time.


Programme Structures

Classics MA basic structure

Abroad Programme

Classics MA abroad structure

Specifics of our Abroad Programme

The structure of the MRes in the City of Rome[KCH1], differs from the standard programmes by the opportunity to replace the Special Options module by an intensive, 2-month study period at the British School at Rome.



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Alumni Discount

Reading Alumni are eligible for a 10% discount on postgraduate course fees.

Alumni Discounts- University of Reading


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