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Studying Classics

What is it like to study Classics?

Welcome to the Department of Classics at Royal Holloway, where you can study all aspects of the Greek and Roman worlds – their literature, language, history, archaeology and philosophy – covering a timespan of more than 1,000 years.

A Classical degree at Royal Holloway offers you the opportunity to gain a deep knowledge of the Greek and Roman world, to expand your horizons by studying Classics from new and challenging perspectives, and to look beyond the ancient Mediterranean.

Because they find Greek and Roman civilization so fascinating, our academic staff are devoted to understanding them through different themes, including the ancient Middle East, Roman Britain, and the reception of classical culture today. Academics in our department are committed to helping you to do the same, and so develop skills of synthesis and critical analysis which will be sought after by future employers and will also stand you in good stead throughout your life.

At Royal Holloway we celebrate the diverse and multidisciplinary nature of Classics by offering you the flexibility to identify and explore your interests, and the support to construct a coherent degree course that reflects what Classics means to you. We offer both undergraduate courses (BA) and postgraduate research courses (PhD and MRes). Postgraduate taught courses (MA) are provided as intercollegiate courses by the University of London, in partnership with King’s College London and University College London.

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Members of the Classics Department at the graduation ceremony in 2018

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