201–250 th
World University Rankings 2021
101–200 th
Impact Rankings 2021
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
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Classical Studies and English Literature - University of Reading

Explore the extraordinary legacy of the classical world and its enduring influence on modern literature and culture. Study texts written in every era, from ancient Greece to the Renaissance, and contemporary writing from America, to the Caribbean and across the globe. This Classical Studies and English Literature degree enables you to explore a broad range of literary texts from the ancient worlds to the Middle Ages to the modern day. Learn about the literature, history and culture of ancient civilisations. Explore genres and themes like poetry, tragedy and love in classical literature, and their influence on the modern world, through the study of translated texts. We offer stimulating and challenging courses for students with different interests and backgrounds. Enhance your knowledge of the ancient world through Latin and Greek language modules or gain an understanding of the period through different media, for example through drama and films from Ben-Hur to Gladiator. The University's Department of Classics offers one of the widest ranges of specialist subjects in the UK, from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. We are 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. Our expertise provides an opportunity to study other cultures such as ancient Egypt; we can even teach you hieroglyphics. 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. Read more of authors and genres that you already know (from tragedy to Gothic, from Shakespeare and Dickens to Plath and Beckett). Encounter aspects of literary studies that you may not know so well, from children’s literature to publishing studies and the history of the book. Our academics have published research on everything from medieval poetry to contemporary Caribbean and American fiction. We are a very research-active department with a century-long history of innovation in English studies, and we continue to extend our curriculum to include contemporary American and Caribbean literature as well as new writing from Britain and Ireland. Module choices become more diverse and specialised as you progress through your degree: you can do archive work on "Studying manuscripts", or look at the politics of literature in "Class matters". We place a strong emphasis on small-group learning within a friendly and supportive environment. Teaching is undertaken through a mix of lectures and seminars (smaller groups) in the first and second years. Gain direct experience of ancient sites through independent travel, for which scholarships are available. You can also apply to study at the British School at Athens and the British School at Rome, which both offer summer school opportunities to University of Reading students. **Careers** A degree in Classical Studies and English Literature will help you develop a range of transferable skills, including critical thinking; research and writing; ability to analyse a diverse range of materials; time-management; adaptability; independence; and a high degree of cultural literacy. Previous graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers, including work in accountancy and banking, government and the civil service, law, heritage and museums, teaching, publishing, public sector management, libraries and archives, and media research and production. Recent employers include GCHQ, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Oxford University, the British Museum, the NHS, the Environment Agency, and Sotheby's.