Classics and Ancient History

  • 3rd in the UK for world leading research1
  • Ranked top 5 in all major UK university league tables for the subject
  • 7th in the National Student Survey (2013)2

1 RAE 2008 based on percentage of research categorised as 4*
2 based on the average percentage of positive responses across all survey categories for full service universities

We are one of the largest and most successful departments of Classics and Ancient History in the country and we offer exceptionally broad expertise across the full range of the traditional fields of classics. We have 17 members of staff, all of whom are research active, and seven are at full professorial level. Since 2001, the department has been on a steady trajectory of growth, giving it an atmosphere of energy and optimism. Research income has increased by 700 per cent, postgraduate numbers have more than doubled and we have produced around 40 books. 

Our staff include two fellows of the British Academy and three recent holders of Leverhulme Major Research Fellowships. We take an interdisciplinary perspective and have close links to related fields including history, archaeology, philosophy, visual arts and linguistics. This unusually wide range means that there is very considerable scope for postgraduate supervision. The department won the University of Exeter’s Students’ Guild Teaching Awards 2011 award for Subject with the Best Research Community, acknowledging the extent to which our excellent research enhances the experience of our students, and the stimulating environment we provide for staff, postgraduates and undergraduate students alike.