Our programmes cover ancient history, literature, language, archaeology, art and culture in a thriving Department of Classics with an international reputation.
The University of Reading is ranked 6th in the UK for research overall for Classics, 3rd in the UK for research output (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014 – Classics), and 100% of our research impact has been recognised as world leading or internationally excellent (REF, 2014 – Classics).
It is an ideal place to extend and deepen your knowledge of the ancient world, with wide-ranging expertise covering the ancient Mediterranean world (and its reception) from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity, from Greece and Rome to Egypt and the Near East.
We have particular strengths in Roman history and archaeology (with long-standing links with the British School at Rome), Greek literature from the archaic period to the Roman Empire, and Greek art and archaeology. We also offer expertise in classical reception studies, economic history and the history of religions.
Our expertise in ancient languages includes papyrology, epigraphy and ancient linguistics. Our ancient language offerings in Latin, Greek, and Egyptian will complement your studies.
Postgraduate students are fully integrated into our thriving research culture, which includes weekly research seminars, reading groups and workshops featuring scholars from around the world. Our postgraduates organise their own conferences, work-in-progress seminars and annual research colloquia. You will benefit from facilities including the Department’s Ure Museum, which holds the fourth-largest collection of Greek ceramics in the UK, and a dedicated postgraduate room. Additionally, we are only a short distance from the major research libraries and classical archaeology collections of Oxford and London.
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Come to Reading for your PhD or professional doctorate and join a talented and diverse community of fellow researchers working to improve lives across the globe.