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About the Department of Classics and Ancient History

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 12th in the 2020 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.

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15th in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject
Athena Swan Bronze Award In 2019 we were awarded an Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award
96.1% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020
Joint 2nd in the UK in the REF2014 evaluation of research quality

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Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award for Durham Classics

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Classics and Ancient History has been awarded an Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award.
Plaque outside the Classics and Ancient History building

Many congratulations to Professor Christopher Rowe

Prof. Emeritus Christopher Rowe has been awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship.
A collection of books featuring Aristotle.

Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award for Durham Classics

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Classics and Ancient History has been awarded an Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award.
Plaque outside the Classics and Ancient History building

Many congratulations to Professor Christopher Rowe

Prof. Emeritus Christopher Rowe has been awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship.
A collection of books featuring Aristotle.

Our research

In the REF2014 evaluation of research quality, our Department was ranked joint second in the UK. To find out more about REF2014, and our results, see our REF results page below.

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Our staff

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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Study with us

  • Undergraduate study

    We offer students a very wide range of modules, which are grouped into three Single Honours and two Joint Honours programmes. These programmes are designed to emphasise the unity as well as the exciting variety of Greek and Roman antiquity.

    Classics and Ancient History students reading round a seminar table.
  • Postgraduate study

    As a centre of world-class research, we have a strong commitment to postgraduate provision, and welcome applications to the Taught MA programme, or applications for MA by research and PhD work in any of the (many) research specialities represented in the Department.

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Undergraduate study

We offer students a very wide range of modules, which are grouped into three Single Honours and two Joint Honours programmes. These programmes are designed to emphasise the unity as well as the exciting variety of Greek and Roman antiquity.

Classics and Ancient History students reading round a seminar table.

Postgraduate study

As a centre of world-class research, we have a strong commitment to postgraduate provision, and welcome applications to the Taught MA programme, or applications for MA by research and PhD work in any of the (many) research specialities represented in the Department.

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Student satisfaction

Our Department recorded an outstanding 96.1% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020.

We are distinctive in our commitment to training in the Classical languages. Our language modules develop the skills of those with previous experience, and enable students with no prior training to take up Latin and Greek at all levels.
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Student blogs and social media

Explore our Durham University Classics Society blog, packed full of interesting classical and classically-inspired articles.

Student blogs

Sustainability and Changes in Tourism at Greece’s ancient sites during Covid-19: What we can learn

Re-visiting Greece in the World of Covid-19: Some thoughts on how museums and sites have used the current circumstances as an opportunity to begin making meaningful & sustainable improvements for future generations.
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The Classics Society Trip: a growing tradition, or where we’d all rather be

Classics Society Vice President, James Hua, reflects on society trips and the importance of engaging with local communities along the way.
Group photo of the Classics Society at Hadrian's Wall

Get in touch

To find out more about our department and courses, contact us using the information below.

Department of Classics and Ancient History

38 North Bailey
Durham
DH1 3EU

+44 (0)191 3343170