University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

Classical and Medieval Studies

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Course summary

Study BA Classical and Medieval Studies and discover the classical roots of European civilisation and investigate the Medieval period that followed. Delve into the literature of Ancient Greece and Rome and the Middle Ages to develop an understanding of these fascinating cultures. You will explore different literary genres (taught in translation), and their wider context in history, art, and society. This flexible course allows you to pursue your own interests and choose from a wide range of research-led subjects. The wide range of options on offer includes periods of Roman and Greek history, the historical role of women, and the magic, cults and miracles of the Middle Ages. You can deepen your knowledge of the ancient world through optional Latin and Greek language modules and gain an understanding of the Classical period through hands-on experience with artefacts from the Ure Museum. You can also discover Rome through our unique, award-winning digital model of the city. Our teaching staff are actively involved in research and are award-winning educators. Their expertise covers a diverse range of places and periods, in both the ancient and the Medieval worlds. We encourage you to gain direct experience of the places you study through independent travel, and you can apply for our annual travel bursary. You can also apply to study at the British School at Athens and the British School at Rome, which both offer summer school opportunities to University of Reading students. Placement All students are encouraged to undertake a work placement, and the Department benefits from a dedicated placements officer to help with CV writing and letters of application. Past placements have included work in a charity, a barristers' chambers and within a division of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Other students have enjoyed placements in the Netherlands and the Isle of Man. The University's own museums also provide a number of voluntary placements. If you would like to experience life in another country, you can choose to study abroad as part of your degree. The Classics Department also has close links to overseas institutions and universities in Europe, Canada, the USA and Australia. Careers Comparing different types of evidence for these very diverse periods and cultures will develop your ability to collect, sift through and analyse complex information. Both disciplines will also provide you with a range of transferable skills, including critical thinking, written and oral communication, time-management, adaptability and independence. Our previous graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers, including work in accountancy and banking, government and the civil service, law, heritage and museums, teaching, publishing, public sector management, libraries and archives, and media research and production. Employers of past graduates include GCHQ, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Oxford University, the British Museum, the NHS, the Environment Agency, and Sotheby's. You may also wish to consider postgraduate study; many of our students stay on for research with our Early Modern Research Centre and Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies.

Course details


Sample modules may include: *Texts, Readers and Writers *Ancient Epic *Literature and Society in Late Antiquity *Medieval Magic and the Origins of the Witch Craze *Family and Power in Medieval France Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BCC.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7We 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)100We require a minimum score of 100 overall with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedAWe require a grade A or a score of 185 overall with no element less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or a score of 185 overall with no element less than 169.
PTE Academic76We 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 TestTest 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 ISEPassOnly ISE III and ISE IV are acceptable and we require a Pass in each element.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £19500 Year 1
International £19500 Year 1

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Classical and Medieval Studies at University of Reading - UCAS