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 UK honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in a relevant humanities subject. See website for more details.

Months of entry


Course content

Our programmes cover ancient history, literature, language, archaeology, art and culture in a thriving Department of Classics with an international reputation. In addition to our strengths in established approaches to the ancient world, Classics at Reading has taken the lead in extending the boundaries of the subject to areas such as the reception of antiquity in the modern world, economic history and the history of religions. We have particular strengths in Roman history and archaeology, and long-standing links with the British School at Rome and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. We are a world-leading centre for the study of ancient languages (Latin and Greek of all periods and Egyptian), and for papyrology, epigraphy, textual criticism and ancient linguistics. We have a high concentration of expertise in Greek literature from the Archaic Period to the Roman Empire. Research in Greek art and archaeology is a particular specialism, for which the Department’s Ure Museum, which holds the fourth-largest collection of Greek ceramics in the UK, is a key resource. Postgraduates are fully integrated into our thriving research culture. This includes weekly research seminars, attendance at which is part of postgraduate training, and conferences each year drawing scholars from around the world. Postgraduate students organise conferences and have their own work-in-progress seminar series and annual research colloquia.

• Wide-ranging expertise covering ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome; the Bronze Age to the twenty-first century

• Taught by world-leading experts: Reading Classics was rated third in UK for quality of its publications1

• Study in the Ure Museum, the fourth-largest collection of Greek ceramics in the UK

• Greek and/or Latin tuition available from beginner’s to advanced level

Our Classics MRes programmes equip you with vital transferable skills for a range of career paths. They also provide ideal preparation for a PhD and further academic research. Recent graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, finance, museum curatorship, teaching, human resources, manufacturing, the police, information management and academia.

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 and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


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

Course contact details

Department of Classics and Ancient History