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The Department of Classics – University of Reading

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The Department of Classics

The echoes of classical civilisations exist all around us, forming the foundation of our modern-day societies. What can we learn of these ancient people, their cultures, discoveries and beliefs? Why is the ancient past important for shaping our future? The answers to these mysteries wait for you here at Reading.

Classics is the study of early civilisations and the Mediterranean, a window into an exciting and exotic world which has surprising reflections of our modern age. Whether you choose to take one of our degree courses, further your skills and experience through one of our postgraduate courses, or join our team, you will be part of a top-ranking Department which offers you the chance to study the history, art, culture, literature and language of these awe-inspiring ages of antiquity.

"Reading is a fantastic university, set in a beautiful campus. The wide range of courses on offer, taught by leading experts, spans the whole classical world, and some even go beyond to fields such as critical theory and religious studies. Classical Studies at Reading opened my eyes to the world."

Thomas Way

BA Classical Studies graduate

World-class teaching and research

The Classics Research Division at Reading, which has a history of over 100 years, has been recognised as a world-leading authority on classical civilisations of the Mediterranean. Our research has significant impact on global understanding of the ancient world. This has a direct influence on what you will learn here: our research informs our teaching, and your lecturers will be the same passionate researchers making these discoveries.

We are ranked:

  • 3rd in the UK for research output*
  • 6th in the UK  for research overall*
  • 100% of our research impact has been recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.**

*Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked By Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014 - Classics.

**Research Excellence Framework, 2014 - Classics

Unique resources

At Reading we have our very own Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology which houses our impressive collection of ancient artefacts, alongside other fantastic resources. This is one of the largest collections of Greek ceramics in the UK and is located within the Department itself. The museum is frequently used for hands-on teaching, which offers unique opportunities, and serves as a great source of inspiration and contextualisation for studying Classics.

Learn ancient languages

You can study degrees in our Classics Department through translations, thus not requiring any Latin or Ancient Greek knowledge. However, we do also offer the opportunity for you to get a step closer to the ancient world, by learning ancient languages at the right level for you: from beginner, to intermediate, to advanced. We provide intensive teaching overseen by our languages co-ordinator, enabling you to develop your language skills whatever your existing knowledge is.

Classics courses at Reading

Contact the department

Considering studying Classics? Get in touch with us if you'd like to ask any questions or for more information.

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