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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History

Department of Classics and Ancient History

The Durham Department of Classics & Ancient History is one of the best in the world. It is ranked 12th in the 2020 QS World University Rankings

Our Department recorded 96.1% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survery 2020. The results also show that 94.4% of our students are satisfied with the quality of our teaching.

NEW STUDENT in 2020? Congratulations and Welcome! Go here for information about what to expect over the next few weeks, and what you'll be studying in the coming year.

World Rankings

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2021, where we are ranked 86th.

A record 19 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, including 11 in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.

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 world. It is ranked 12th in the 2020 QS World University Rankings. Our academic staff specialise in a wide range of artistic, historical, literary, linguistic, cultural and philosophical aspects of the Graeco-Roman world.

In the REF2014 evaluation of research quality, the Department was ranked joint second in the UK. We stand in third place in the UK with respect to world leading research and joint first place in the UK for world leading or internationally excellent research impact and research environment. To find out more about REF2014, and the Department's results, see our REF results page.

The Durham Classics, Classical Civilisation, and Ancient History degrees offer both academic rigour and an outstanding student experience. Student satisfaction with our degree programmes, as measured by the annual NSS Survey, stands at a fantastic 97.4%. We are consistently ranked amongst the top Classics departments in the UK: third in the 2020 Complete University Guide; third in the 2019 Guardian University League Tables; fourth in the Times Good University Guide for 2018. We are regularly among the top Classics departments in the UK for graduate employability. In 2019 we were awarded an Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award which marks our ongoing commitment as a Department to equality, diversity, and inclusiveness, and recognises our efforts to build and sustain a supportive and nurturing academic community.

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
Facebook: @DurhamClassics

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