201–250 th
World University Rankings 2021
101–200 th
Impact Rankings 2021
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
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Archaeology and Classical Studies with Professional Placement - University of Reading

This course includes a year spent on placement. Delivered jointly by the Department of Archaeology and the Department of Classics, we provide a complementary balance of Archaeology and Classical Studies, enabling an in-depth study of the Ancient World and its literature. Classical Studies provides a broad exposure to the literature, history, and culture of the Greek and Roman worlds, which sit at the heart of modern Western civilisation. Your literary modules, studied in translation, include poetry, tragic and comic drama, and cover broad themes such as love, loss, duty, war and peace. The Department of Classics is ranked sixth in the UK for research overall, third in the UK for research output (Times Higher Education Institutions ranked by subject, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014 - Classics), and 100% of our research impact has been recognised as world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework, 2014 - Classics), which feeds directly into your learning. We offer stimulating and challenging courses for students with different interests and backgrounds. You can develop an advanced reading knowledge of the two classical languages, gain hands-on experience of the ancient world through our collection of Greek and Egyptian vases, or choose to study abroad as part of your degree through the Erasmus+ programme. Our expertise in Archaeology starts with the earliest humans and spans up until the medieval period. We are ranked in the top 30 worldwide, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017 and have outstanding track record for student satisfaction, with 90-100% of students satisfied with the quality of their course in consecutive National Student Surveys (2010-2017) based on the Department of Archaeology NSS results. We focus mainly on British, European and Near Eastern Archaeology, but explore other regions across the world. Modules can cover burial archaeology, material culture, bioarchaeology, Forensics, past environments (including geoarchaeology) gender archaeology. You will benefit from our dedicated Archaeology Building, specialist equipment, and purpose-built laboratories. Placements are an excellent way to enhance your work-related skills and strengthen your employability prospects, and we provide opportunities for you to undertake placements in a variety of contexts. Past students have undertaken placements in a barristers' chambers and within a division of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Opportunities are also available working across the archaeological, heritage, planning and museum sectors, research institutions, government organisations, local planning authorities and archaeological consultancies. Both Departments have a dedicated member of staff in charge of placements to provide advice and support. Students opting to undertake a standard three-year degree course will also have the opportunity to take a fully-credited placement or to spend a single term at one of our partner Universities abroad. Current options include the Universities of Malta, Aarhus (Denmark), Torún (Poland) and the University of Florida in Gainesville (U.S.A.). **Careers** This joint degree can lead to a variety of careers, including in commercial archaeology, heritage management and research, as well as disciplines such as teaching, business, publishing and marketing. You will gain a broad range of subject-specific and transferable skills spanning the humanities and sciences. We have long-established, excellent relationships with employers within the archaeology, heritage and related sectors. Our graduates are represented among the staff of major employers such as Oxford Archaeology, Wessex Archaeology, Museum of London Archaeology, Natural History Museum, Environment Agency, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, GCHQ, the University of Oxford and Sotherby’s. Each year a number of graduates pursue further, higher study following graduation.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,ReadingUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £19,815