Taught course

Classics and Ancient History

University of Reading · Department of Classics

Entry requirements

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


Course content

* Wide-ranging expertise covering ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome; the Bronze Age to the twenty-first century
* Taught by world-leading experts: the Department was rated 3rd in the UK for the quality of its publications in the Research Excellence Framework, 2014
* Study in the University’s Ure Museum, the fourth-largest collection of Greek ceramics in the UK
* Greek and/or Latin tuition available from beginner’s to advanced level

About the Department

Classics and Ancient History at Reading

Ranked 6th in the UK overall and 3rd for our research output in the latest Research Excellence Framework[1], 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.

[1] Research Excellence Framework, 2014.

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations7
Written coursework / continuous assessment83
Dissertation90 (20000 words)

Course contact details

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