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School of Humanities – University of Reading

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    Learn more about our programmes, student experience, our research and the range of activities we engage in across the School.

  • Echoes of Past Civilisations

    Learn more about our Department of Classics

  • Lessons from the Past

    Learn more about our Department of History

  • Questioning the Answers

    Learn more about our Department of Philosophy

School of Humanities

Dedicated to excellence in teaching and internationally recognised research in Classics, History and Philosophy.

The School of Humanities comprises of three diverse disciplines that interpret human culture and behaviour, from different perspectives and periods, and help you understand your own experience, identity and values. The Humanities equip us to understand what it means to be human, to challenge conventional wisdom, to shape our culture and society, and to be resilient in a rapidly changing world.

How can Humanities at Reading make a difference?

We take a personal approach to help you excel in your chosen field of study. With teaching often in small groups from leading academics; progressive research and a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education programmes of study, we share your passion for Humanities and will support you throughout your time with us to develop your knowledge and experience.

The School's strong links with University of Reading research centres and collections provide students with every opportunity to widen their knowledge not just within, but also beyond the academic environment. Joining our School and your chosen department will give you first-hand access to a plethora of artefacts, local archives, special collections and record offices housed on-site at our own Ure Museum and the Museum of English Rural Life. Our links to the ancient world extend beyond the university, which is located just a short journey away from the National Archives in Kew and The British Museum in London. 


At Reading, we go beyond the trhums classicaditional realms of the ancient world to include themes and regions not traditionally studied within a Classics Department, offering you a wide range of expertise. You can complement your studies with ancient languages, gain hands-on experience with artefacts from our very own Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, or take advantage of our long-standing links with the British Schools in Athens and Rome to study abroad.


Join us on a journeyhums history around the globe, to learn about a diverse range of societies, cultures and individuals, through our wide range of modules, taught by passionate academics. Find out how you can shape your own degree, undertake employability modules and work placements, as well as study abroad.


Think logically, evaluathums philosophye arguments critically and challenge your own views and those of other people with our stimulating Philosophy study programmes. The modules we teach stem directly from our academics' research, which is informed by current world and issues such as democracy, freedom, religion and climate change. Benefit from our exam-free degrees and find out how our diverse assessment methods work, and what our vibrant learning environment has to offer.


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