What will I learn?

Develop as a museum professional and gain hands-on experience at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology and our other University museums on our unique BA Museum and Classical Studies degree.This joint honours course combines the contemporary theory and practice of museum studies with the study of the classical world through literature, material culture, and history. We are the only UK university to offer this exciting combination.Central to the course is the hands-on experience you will gain at our on-site museums. The University has three museums – including the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology – in which you can gain experience as a volunteer as you learn. As well as museums, we also have a number of archives and special collections of international importance.Your teaching staff are all practising professionals, including curators, conservators and archivists, and use a combination of problem solving and enquiry-based learning techniques to teach you.You will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be a museum professional. Teaching will encourage you to research the environment that artefacts are displayed in, how they are catalogued, and the meanings they hold for different audiences. You will be given the opportunity to conduct your own research and, in your final year, you will design, create and evaluate your own exhibition.In Classical Studies, you will explore the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. You will have the opportunity to study different genres of ancient literature alongside your choice of modules in areas including history, art, and language. You can enhance your knowledge of the ancient world through optional Latin and Greek modules, or broaden your understanding by looking at the Classical past in film or through archaeology.We encourage you to gain direct experience of ancient sites through independent travel, for which travel scholarships are available. We also run our own study trips. You can apply to study at the British School at Athens and the British School at Rome, who both offer summer school opportunities to University of Reading students.**Placement**You will volunteer and undertake a number of work placements to gain hands-on experience. The Department has great connections with conservators, learning specialists and funding and policy specialists, as well as with a large number of museums, including local institutions such as the Reading Museum, and the Royal Berkshire Medical Museum.Additionally, the Classics Department has close links to overseas institutions. If you would like to gain first-hand experience of life in another culture you can choose to study abroad for part of your degree.**Careers**This course is designed with employability and specific career paths in mind, giving you a head start in the heritage sector.As a Museum Studies and Classics graduate you will develop strong transferable skills, and gain first-hand experience in handling objects, delivering presentations, and investigating other cultures in depth.You will think and research like a museum professional, and your three years’ experience of working within a multifaceted organisation will make you highly employable in any sector.Recent employers have included the Australian government, the National Trust and the Science Museum.

Which department am I in?

Classics

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
£19,500.00 (US$ 26,430) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

October 2022

Venue

Main Site

Room 208,

Pepper Lane,

Reading,

Wokingham,

RG6 6AH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students with US High School Diploma with GPA of 3.0/4.0 will be considered for entry onto International Foundation Programme. We do accept several combinations of qualifications for students who completed the High School Diploma but generally we consider the following common combinations: High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and grades ranging from 444 - 555 in three Advanced placement tests Or High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and scores ranging from 600 - 700 in three SAT Subjects Tests. A levels/AS levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) or other International qualications will also be considered. Please refer the university website for details of the English Language requirements for entry to individual undergraduate degree programmes.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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