Classics and Ancient History
- Top 50 worldwide for Classics and Ancient History in the QS World University Rankings 2018
- 6th in the UK for research power in Classics
- Top 5 in the Russell Group in the National Student Survey 2019
- 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 22 permanent members of staff, including nine at full professorial level, all of whom are research active. This is reflected in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, in which we were ranked 6th in the UK for research power. 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, and postgraduate numbers have more than doubled.
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.
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. You will encounter our 22 permanent members of staff, as well as research fellows, visiting professors, emeriti, and other scholars associated with the department during your time here.
You will find that both in our research and in our teaching we 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 Barbara Borg, Head of Classics and Ancient History