Develop as a museum professional and gain hands-on experience at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology and our other University museums on our unique BA Museum and Classical Studies degree. This joint honours course combines the contemporary theory and practice of museum studies with the study of the classical world through literature, material culture, and history. We are the only UK university to offer this exciting combination. Central to the course is the hands-on experience you will gain at our on-site museums. The University has three museums – including the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology – in which you can gain experience as a volunteer as you learn. As well as museums, we also have a number of archives and special collections of international importance. Your teaching staff are all practising professionals, including curators, conservators and archivists, and use a combination of problem solving and enquiry-based learning techniques to teach you. In the Department of Classics, we achieved a 91% satisfaction score for the teaching on our courses (National Student Survey, 2022). Guided by the Department of Classics, you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be a museum professional. Teaching will encourage you to research the environment that artefacts are displayed in, how they are catalogued, and the meanings they hold for different audiences. You will be given the opportunity to conduct your own research and, in your final year, you will design, create and evaluate your own exhibition. In Classical Studies, you will explore the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. You will have the opportunity to study different genres of ancient literature alongside your choice of modules in areas including history, art, and language. You can enhance your knowledge of the ancient world through optional Latin and Greek modules, or broaden your understanding by looking at the Classical past in film or through archaeology. We encourage you to gain direct experience of ancient sites through independent travel, for which travel scholarships are available. We also run our own study trips. You can apply to study at the British School at Athens and the British School at Rome, who both offer summer school opportunities to University of Reading students. Placement You will volunteer and undertake a number of work placements to gain hands-on experience. The Department has great connections with conservators, learning specialists and funding and policy specialists, as well as with a large number of museums, including local institutions such as the Reading Museum, and the Royal Berkshire Medical Museum. Additionally, the Classics Department has close links to overseas institutions. If you would like to gain first-hand experience of life in another culture you can choose to study abroad for part of your degree. For more information, please visit the Classics website.
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How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BCC.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||7||We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|TOEFL (iBT)||100||We require a minimum score of 100 overall with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||A||We require a grade A or a score of 185 overall with no element less than 169.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||We require a grade C or a score of 185 overall with no element less than 169.|
|PTE Academic||76||We require a minimum score of 76 overall with at least 64 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|Institution's Own Test||Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Only ISE III and ISE IV are acceptable and we require a Pass in each element.|
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The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|