Classics and Ancient History
- 6th in the UK for research power in Classics
- 6th for Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016
- Ranked top 10 in all major UK university league tables for the subject
- £1.2 million external research funding awarded over the past 4 years
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 was ranked 6th in the UK for research power by the Times Higher (using the Research Excellence Framework 2014 results), acknowledging the engaging and stimulating research environment we provide for all our students.
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