Classics and Ancient History

Exeter has one of the largest and most successful departments of Classics and Ancient History in the country, making it an ideal place to undertake an MPhil/PhD in Classics and Ancient History. The department has over 20 members of staff and three research centres (Centre for Connectivity in the Roman World; Centre for Knowledge in Culture in the Ancient World and Beyond; Centre for Hellenistic and Romano-Greek Culture and Society).

Classics at Exeter takes an interdisciplinary perspective and the department has 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 offers exceptionally broad expertise across the full range of the traditional fields of classics. There is a vigorous research culture, and the department is rated 6th in the UK for research power in Classics(REF 2014). Our excellent research enhances the experience of our students, and provides a stimulating environment for staff, postgraduates and undergraduate students alike.

Our academics are all active researchers who consistently attract funding from external sources including Leventis, Leverhulme, the Wellcome Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The department also holds an international conference at least once a year and hosts a wide range of research events, workshops and seminars.

Professor Daniel Ogden, Head of Classics and Ancient History

In choosing to study with us, you will be joining one of the largest and most successful departments of Classics and Ancient History in the country, which offers exceptionally broad expertise across the full range of the traditional fields of classics including the disciplines of Greek and Latin language and literature as well as Ancient History, Ancient Philosophy and Classical Archaeology. We have 20 full-time members of staff, as well as research fellows, visiting professors, emeriti, and other scholars associated with the department whom you will encounter during your time here.

You will find that both in our research and in our teaching we can take an interdisciplinary perspective where appropriate, and we have close links to other departments, both in the College of Humanities and beyond, including history, archaeology, philosophy, theology, and foreign languages.

We have a strong ethos of research-inspired teaching at all levels, we have a dynamic, vibrant Postgraduate community, and our Postgraduates are actively involved in our conferences, research seminars, and other departmental activities. We are all highly research-active, internationally engaged, interested in interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, and driven by a genuine curiosity for our fields.

Professor Daniel Ogden, Head of Classics and Ancient History

Why study Classics at Exeter?

Dr Richard Flower (Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History) gives an overview of the Classics and Ancient History department and what postgraduate students can expect at Exeter.