Our Durham Department of Classics & Ancient History is a large and successful department. We consistently rank as one of the top Classics and Ancient History Departments in the UK for research and teaching, and came 8th in the 2023 QS World University Rankings.
Our degrees offer both academic rigour and an outstanding student experience. 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. This marks our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusiveness. We are proud that our Department is highly international, forward-looking, and in many ways genuinely diverse in its makeup and outlook.
We offer undergraduate students three Single Honours programmes - Classics, Classical Civilisation, and Ancient History - and two Joint Honours programmes with the Departments of History and Archaeology.
As a centre of world-class research, we have a strong commitment to postgraduate provision for MA and PhD students in all areas of Classics & Ancient History
Our Department recorded an outstanding 90.7% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021.
Our research centres bring together scholars across the university working on classical reception, the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, ancient and medieval philosophy, and ancient languages and writing systems.
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In the REF2021 evaluation of research quality, our Department was ranked joint fourth in the UK. Find out more about our departmental research environment
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Our academic staff specialise in a broad range of artistic, historical, literary, linguistic, cultural, and philosophical aspects of the Graeco-Roman world. We have further expertise in the wider Ancient Mediterranean and Near East.
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We are delighted that Professor Edith Hall from our Department of Classics and Ancient History has been awarded the prestigious Classical Association Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the promotion of Classics in the UK.
Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History, recently visited Dubai to conduct research as part of her British Academy Innovation Fellowship.
After several decades, teacher training in Classics is now available once again at Durham thanks to a partnership between the School of Education and the Department of Classics and Ancient History.
Explore our Durham University Classics Society blog, packed full of interesting classical and classically-inspired articles.
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38 North Bailey Durham DH1 3EU
+44 (0)191 3343170
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