Study BA Classical and Medieval Studies and discover the classical roots of European civilisation and investigate the Medieval period that followed.
Delve into the literature of Ancient Greece and Rome and the Middle Ages to develop an understanding of these fascinating cultures. You will explore different literary genres (taught in translation), and their wider context in history, art, and society.
This flexible course allows you to pursue your own interests and choose from a wide range of research-led subjects. The wide range of options on offer includes periods of Roman and Greek history, the historical role of women, and the magic, cults and miracles of the Middle Ages.
You can deepen your knowledge of the ancient world through optional Latin and Greek language modules and gain an understanding of the Classical period through hands-on experience with artefacts from the Ure Museum. You can also discover Rome through our unique, award-winning digital model of the city.
Our teaching staff are actively involved in research and are award-winning educators. Their expertise covers a diverse range of places and periods, in both the ancient and the Medieval worlds.
We encourage you to gain direct experience of the places you study through independent travel, and you can apply for our annual travel bursary. You can also apply to study at the British School at Athens and the British School at Rome, which both offer summer school opportunities to University of Reading students.
All students are encouraged to undertake a work placement, and the Department benefits from a dedicated placements officer to help with CV writing and letters of application. Past placements have included work in a charity, a barristers' chambers and within a division of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Other students have enjoyed placements in the Netherlands and the Isle of Man. The University's own museums also provide a number of voluntary placements.
If you would like to experience life in another country, you can choose to study abroad as part of your degree. The Classics Department also has close links to overseas institutions and universities in Europe, Canada, the USA and Australia.