You are normally required to have a good first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a relevant humanities subject.
Months of entry
* A multidisciplinary course focusing on the reception of ancient literature, art and culture in the modern world
* Longest-established reception postgraduate course in the UK
* The Department was rated 3rd in the UK for the quality of its publications in the Research Excellence Framework, 2014
* Suitable for graduates from any arts or humanities discipline
Classics and Ancient History at Reading
Ranked 6th in the UK overall and 3rd for our research output in the latest Research Excellence Framework, our Department is an ideal place to extend and deepen your knowledge of the ancient world. Our wide-ranging expertise covers 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 the reception of antiquity in the modern world, classical reception, economic history and the history of religions.
We offer internationally renowned expertise in ancient languages, including 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. As a postgraduate, you will organise your 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.
 Research Excellence Framework, 2014.
Information for international students
IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Global Recruitment Team