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When you choose to study with us, you'll join a friendly, inclusive community who are as passionate about the study of classics as you are. Our academics will support you to make the most out of your time with us, and you'll have many opportunities to socialise and collaborate with your peers.

We foster an environment where our students and academics can learn from one another, building on each other’s experiences and knowledge to dig deeper into the ancient world together.

You can join our community before you even arrive in Reading. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and by joining our Facebook group you can talk to current students and academics before you begin your studies, and gain an insight into life at Reading and in our Department.

Life as an undergraduate

You'll balance your time between attending lectures and seminars, and independent study. Our undergraduate study space is situated in the same corridor as our academics' offices, so you'll be based at the heart of the Department.

We host events such as our seminar series and the annual Ure Lecture where you can hear about the latest research our academics are undertaking and what's going on in the world of Classics. 

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How we support you

You will receive one-to-one support from your academic tutor throughout your degree. You'll also be supervised by a specialist in your chosen subject during your third-year dissertation.

Our academics are very engaged with students and follow an "open door" policy where you can approach them at any time for guidance and support.

The University has a range of services available to you to support your personal and professional development during your studies.

Learn more about the University's support services

Learning environment

As well as learning in seminar rooms and lecture halls, you'll have access to a number of excellent learning resources on campus:


Our proximity to London and Oxford means you have easy access to institutions such as the British Museum, the British Library and the Ashmolean Museum, all of which are important resources for research in the ancient world.

I don't think any department at another university could rival this one. They are so incredibly talented in their research, knowledge and teaching, and are also some of the kindest, friendliest and most encouraging people you could ever come across.

Naomi Miller

BA Ancient History graduate

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Join the Classics Society

Our student-led Classics Society brings together students across all years and academic staff in an informal setting. It hosts a variety of social events such as pizza parties and nights out, as well as organising trips abroad.


Life on campus

Our main campus is set on 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, so you'll find plenty of places to relax. Our campus is home to a thriving community and features the Students' Union, Library and places to eat.

Life in Reading

Step off campus and you'll find yourself in a bustling town centre offering a variety of shops, restaurants and activities. We're also well-connected – you can reach London Paddington within half an hour by train. 

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Our stories

Our staff and students have amazing stories of dedication and discovery to share. Find out how your story could have a new chapter at Reading.