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Developing a PhD

Pursue research you're passionate about and work with us to advance knowledge and understanding of the discipline. Find out about our areas of expertise, our postgraduate supervision, and the flexible modes of study we offer.

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Why study with us?

100% of our research impact is recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework, 2014 – Classics). Our academics are experts in their fields and well-known internationally.


Fees and funding

The University allocates around 150 entry awards each year in PhD studentships and bursaries, so there are many ways to access PhD funding.

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How we support you

You'll receive support from our Department as well as the Doctoral and Researcher College, which is the University of Reading's hub for all doctoral activity. 


Life in the Department

Join a supportive, dynamic research community. Our doctoral students present their work at international conferences and organise their own seminars, workshops and social events.


Our PhD students

As a PhD student in classics at Reading, you will be part of a vibrant community, working alongside a thriving group of young and established researchers. Learn more about our current students and their areas of study.

Our research

We undertake groundbreaking research on the classical world, where we find new approaches to the study of antiquity and extend the boundaries of existing scholarship. 


Marianne's story

I really enjoyed my time at Reading. I look back on that period of my life quite fondly and coming to the University of Reading is a decision I have never regretted.

Marianne Bergeron

PhD in Classics graduate

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Find a supervisor

Our staff will support and guide you through the development of your research. Find a supervisor whose interests align with yours.