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Our courses

All our courses provide you with a well-rounded knowledge of classical civilisations, and expose you to inspiring topics that are chronologically and geographically diverse.

The flexibility of our degrees is one of our strengths. We have a wide range of optional modules you can choose from, and we offer the opportunity to explore other subjects during your studies as well. Learn more about building your degree with us.

Courses for 2022/23

On all our courses, you may be permitted to undertake a placement year or a study abroad year between Part 2 and Part 3 of the course. In such cases you will transfer to a four-year course. This is available through internal transfer only.

BA Ancient History

Study the Greek and Roman worlds and neighbouring cultures in their political, literary, social, cultural and religious contexts, across a period spanning from around 2000 BC to around AD 600.

Immerse yourself in the rich cultures of ancient Greece and Rome and the wider history of the Mediterranean and Near Eastern world, from Egypt to the Byzantine Empire and beyond.

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BA Classical Studies

Discover the classical world and approach ancient culture and history from diverse perspectives. You’ll explore the ways in which later cultures have responded to the legacy of the ancient past, and choose from a wide variety of modules in art, society, literature, religion and philosophy.

No language study is required, although it is offered as an option.

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BA Classics

Read ancient texts in their original form and learn how languages, both ancient and modern, develop and function.

Both Latin and Ancient Greek are available at beginner’s level – whether or not you have experience of ancient languages, you can develop an advanced knowledge of Latin and Ancient Greek, engaging directly with the words written by ancient authors.

You can choose to take a modern foreign language too. Classics students often find that this complements their study of Latin and Ancient Greek.

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BA Classics with Foundation

If you’re on the foundation programme, you will complete two compulsory skills-based modules – Study Skills and Persuasive Writing – along with two additional modules relating to a range of arts and humanities degrees that will be open to you on successful completion of your foundation year.

Once you have successfully passed the foundation year of the BA Classics with Foundation course, it is also possible to move to BA Classical Studies, BA Ancient History or any of the Department's joint degree programmes.

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Joint degree courses

BA Ancient History and History

Take a journey through your favourite historical periods, from ancient Greece and Medieval Europe to Cold War Britain.

This course enables you to study the classical world alongside modern history. 

You will be encouraged to include elements of ancient languages throughout your degree programme.

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BA Classical Studies and Medieval Studies

Discover the classical roots of European civilisations and investigate the Medieval period that followed.

Delve into the literature of Ancient Greece, Rome and the Middle Ages to develop an understanding of these fascinating cultures. Explore different literary genres and their wider context in history, art and society.

Opt to learn Latin or Ancient Greek, and choose from a wide range of modules that immerse you in the intriguing cultures of the medieval world.

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BA Museum and Classical Studies

Learn to think and research like a museum professional, while exploring the classical world through literature, material culture and history.

Central to the course is the hands-on experience you will gain at our three on-site museums, including the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, which is situated in the Department of Classics.

Consider the environment in which artefacts are displayed, how they are catalogued, and the meanings they hold for different audiences. 

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BA Classical Studies and English Literature

Explore the extraordinary legacy of the classical world and its enduring influence on modern literature and culture.

On this course, you'll study texts written in every era, from ancient Greece to the Renaissance, and contemporary writing in English from across the globe.

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BA Philosophy and Classical Studies

Examine some of our most fundamental ideas about truth, reality, right and wrong as you discover the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome. 

This course will equip you with the ability to think logically, evaluate arguments critically, and to challenge your own ideas and those of other people.

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BA Italian and Classical Studies

Combine the study of modern Italian culture and the Italian language with that of ancient Rome in this stimulating joint degree.

You'll have the opportunity to spend up to a year in Italy, studying at a partner institution, undertaking a work placement or working as a British Council language teaching assistant. 

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BA Ancient History and Archaeology

This course combines the study and critical appraisal of ancient historical sources with practical experience and the academic study of archaeology. You will learn about pre- and protohistoric, classical, and medieval periods, in Britain, Europe, the Mediterranean, the Near East and other parts of the world.

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BA Ancient History and Archaeology

BA Ancient History and Archaeology with Professional Placement

BA Ancient History and Archaeology with Study Year Abroad

BA Ancient History and Archaeology with Placement and Study Abroad

BA Archaeology and Classical Studies

Our BA Archaeology and Classical Studies course offers an in-depth study of the ancient world and its literature. You'll study literature, art and culture of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds while gaining a solid grounding in archaeological techniques and history from the earliest humans to the medieval period.

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BA Archaeology and Classical Studies

BA Archaeology and Classical Studies with Professional Placement

BA Archaeology and Classical Studies with Study Year Abroad

BA Archaeology and Classical Studies with Placement and Year Abroad

Looking for 2021/22 courses?

If you would like to start studying in the Department of Classics in 2021, please view our 2021/22 undergraduate courses.

Build your degree

The flexibility of our courses allows you to choose your own pathway: in each year you'll study a combination of core modules and optional modules. You will be able to select from all the optional modules we offer in the Department, whatever course you choose. Students typically take 6-8 modules in a year, a total of 120 credits.

If you are interested in a particular area of classics, you can tailor your degree with our extensive range of modules. 

For example, if you choose to focus on classics in the modern world, the structure of your degree could look like:

Year 1

  • Core modules – Ancient Song (Classical Lyric Poetry); Text, Readers, and Writers.
  • Optional modules – Greek History: War, Society, and Change in the Archaic Age; Roman History: the Rise and Fall of the Republic; Latin; Ancient Greek.


Year 2

  • Core modules – Ancient Epic; Ancient Drama; Prospects for Classicists & Ancient Historians or Placement.
  • Optional modules – Cleopatras; My Mother's Sin and Other Stories.


Year 3

  • Core module – Dissertation.
  • Optional modules – Transformations of Helen; Classics for the 21st Century: Digital Approaches.


You can take modules outside of the Department of Classics if you wish. Popular choices include modern foreign languages, archaeology, history, philosophy, politics and English literature modules.

Sample modules are provided as a taster of some of the modules that may be available on the courses described on this website. The University cannot guarantee that a module appearing in this list will definitely run. Optional modules vary from year to year and entry to them will be at the discretion of the programme director.

Fees and funding

There is a variety of funding support available to our undergraduate students. You may be eligible for government loans, grants or bursaries.

Students from the UK can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. UK students may also be eligible for other grants and bursaries depending on their circumstances.

Fees and funding at the University of Reading

Why study with us?

In 2020, our students gave us an 88% overall satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey.

How you'll study

You'll engage in discussion with leading academics in the field and like-minded peers in regular seminars, and learn research skills as you access materials in our on-site museum.

Life in the Department

You'll join a supportive community who will encourage you to flourish and support you to succeed.