“We are a friendly, supportive Department with enthusiastic and committed academic staff and students. We aim to maintain the highest standards in teaching and research and are gratified that this is reflected in our excellent results year on year in the National Student Survey and the government’s research evaluations (‘REF’).  We are ranked in the top 10 amongst UK Classics depts in both the Guardian’s and the Complete University Guide 2017, whilst the latter also makes us the top UK Classics dept. for the employability of our graduates.”
Professor Daniel Ogden, Head of Classics and Ancient History

About us

The Department of Classics and Ancient History at Exeter is one of the largest and most successful in the UK, with an excellent reputation in both teaching and research. We attract high quality students from the UK and around the world who enjoy a lively and productive learning environment.

Excellent teaching

  • Ranked top 10 in all major UK university league tables for the subject
  • Undergraduate degrees in Ancient History, Classical Studies or Classics and a modular Masters degree
  • A wide chronological, geographical and methodological variety in academic expertise
  • Innovative approaches to teaching the ancient world

High quality research

  • 6th in the UK for research power in Classics1
  • research is integral to all our activity. All members of staff are research active and strive to research and publish at the highest level
  • Interdisciplinary perspective, with close links to related fields including history, archaeology, philosophy, visual arts, and linguistics
  • Leading centre of expertise in Hellenistic culture, including a £1.25 million Leverhulme Trust-funded Centre for Hellenistic and Greco-Roman Culture
  • Major international conferences held annually

1 Times Higher Education research power ranking based on Research Excellence Framework 2014