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Department of Classics and Ancient History
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Classics and Ancient History at Durham University belongs to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and is one of the most vibrant Classics departments in the UK. Our academic staff specialise in a wide range of artistic, historical, literary, linguistic, cultural and philosophical aspects of the Graeco-Roman world. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008) we were ranked tied third for internationally excellent research: 65% of our research has been rated as 4*, world leading (25%), and 3*, internationally excellent (40%). We are consistently ranked amongst the top Classics departments in the UK: third (for the third year in a row) in the 2014 Times Good University Guide [paywall], and third (for the fourth year in a row) in the 2014 Complete University Guide. We are especially proud of the fact that we hold first place in the CUG for the employment prospects of our graduates.

Student satisfaction with our degree programmes, as measured by the annual NSS Survey, is up again this year at 98%. Overall, the survey puts us second in the U.K. (using Times Good University Guide methodology). The independent annual survey evaluates how satisfied students are with the overall quality of their higher education experience. Students rated their satisfaction in seven areas of academic life: teaching; assessment and feedback; academic support; organisation and management; learning resources; personal development and overall satisfaction.

Upcoming Events

Sunday 6 July 2014

Recent news

Selected Recent Publications

Contact Details

Department of Classics and Ancient History
38 North Bailey
Durham DH1 3EU
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 1670
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 1671

AHRC Funding

AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (NBDTP) for PhD and Masters funding. Up to 50 fully-supported studentships with integrated specialised training opportunities. These can include the possibility of working with strategic partners outside the university sector.

Click here... for other Faculty research funding opportunities for Masters and Doctoral study

Download the 2014Northern Bridge Application/Nomination form here...

Durham Classics students' successes

Click here to read about some of our current and recent students' achievements.