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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Reading

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

An Introduction to the Department

The Classics Department at Reading has an excellent reputation for research. We are ranked 6th in the UK for research overall, 3rd in the UK for research output, and 100% of our research impact has been recognised as world leading or internationally excellent. Our Department is a great environment in which to further your own research.

Our academic staff are experts in their fields and are well-known internationally. They offer doctoral supervision across the full range of ancient history, Greek and Latin language and linguistics, literature, archaeology, epigraphy, art and culture. In addition to our strengths in established approaches to the ancient world, at Reading we have taken the lead in extending the boundaries of the subject and in developing new approaches.

Our particular areas of research strength include: Early Christian literature; Egypt from the Bronze Age to early Islam; Greek art and archaeology; Greek literature from the Archaic period to the Roman Empire; Latin language and literature; Papyrology, textual criticism, fragmentary texts and epigraphy; Political thought, including Plato; Religions of Greece, Rome and other parts of the ancient Mediterranean; Reception of antiquity; Roman history and archaeology.


The Department of Classics runs several conferences a year, attracting scholars from around the world, as well as our weekly research seminar programme with visiting speakers. We also hold joint seminars with other departments of the University such as Archaeology, History of Art and Philosophy. You may also can teach on undergraduate courses.


Our PhD students often go on to have academic careers, but also enter professions such as teaching, museum curating, and the civil service.

Tuition fees

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£ 17,320per year

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University information

University of Reading

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  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 23,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master's and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    19th out of 25 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    116 56%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%



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