What will I learn?

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.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£17,320.00 (US$ 23,830) per year
This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

October 2021


University of Reading

Whiteknights House,

PO Box 217,



RG6 6AH, England

Entry requirements

For international students

To be accepted on our PhD programme, you will need a master's degree or equivalent. If English is not your first language, you will also need an IELTS score of 7.0, or above, with at least 6.0 in each of the four sub-sections, or equivalent.

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


About University of Reading

The University of Reading has great links to businesses and an international reputation for high-quality research and teaching.

  • Ranked among the top 20 per cent of universities worldwide
  • Approximately 500 undergraduate and postgraduate courses
  • 98 per cent of the research rated internationally recognised
  • Over 21,000 students from over 165 countries