Department of Classics and Ancient History
Record success in QS World Subject Rankings
Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2019, where we are ranked 74th
A record 18 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, including ten 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 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 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.
38 North Bailey
Durham DH1 3EU
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Highest-ever global ranking in Arts & Humanities
The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2020 place Durham University 27th among the world’s leading universities – up three places from last year.
In 2019 Durham Classics and Ancient History was awarded an Athena Swan Bronze Award.