- Our excellent relations with the Digital Humanities Centre, as well as our links with local heritage organisations, improve the employability of our research students
- In the latest postgraduate taught experience survey, 100% of respondents in the School of Humanities said, “the course was intellectually stimulating” and “the course has enhanced my academic ability”
- Our department attracts academic and research staff from around the world, and has a friendly and vibrant atmosphere.
Nottingham’s Department of Classics and Archaeology is a thriving and lively department with an excellent reputation for both teaching and research. Our members of staff are actively engaged in research and field projects extending from the British Isles, through northern, central and Mediterranean Europe, to western Asia and South Africa. Chronologically, this research extends from the study of human evolution, through the classical periods to the Early modern and Post-Medieval periods. We have strengths in the following areas of research:
- British and Mediterranean prehistory
- Greek and Latin literature, esp. epic, drama and prose
- Greek Political, social, economic and religious history
- Roman archaeology, History, society and culture
- Ancient Art and Visual Culture
- Late Antiquity
- Classical Reception studies
- Medieval and post-Medieval Archaeology
- Bioarchaeology and Archaeological Science
- Underwater Archaeology
The department also hosts a number of research centres, including:
Each centre has wide international contacts, facilitating study visits to universities abroad. Other international collaborations include the Copenhagen Polis Project on the nature and institutions of the Greek city-state, the Flavian Epic network and the Historic Ice Core Project. The University also has an internationally renowned Institute for Medieval Research, which includes members from the Departments of Classics and Archaeology, History, English and Cultural and Language Studies. The Research Centres hold regular seminars with speakers including centre members and distinguished visitors; organise conferences and other events; coordinate shared research projects; and provide opportunities for interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration for both staff and students.
- Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception
- Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
- Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies
- Institute for the Study of Slavery
- Underwater Archaeology Research Centre
We work hard to create a vibrant community of postgraduate research students. Our postgraduates form a lively community which holds weekly lunchtime gatherings in term time, organises its own seminars, and runs other social events. We also hold weekly research seminars open to all students and staff, and each year we host the Postgraduate Archaeology Conference. This is run by our Masters students, and provides Postgraduate students with an opportunity to present your research to a wide and supportive audience.. Studentsare also encouraged (and, where appropriate, subsidised) to attend conferences elsewhere that are relevant to their studies, and each year several present papers at the Classical Association’s national conference.
A research degree is valued by many employers. It is particularly relevant to those aspiring to a career in academic research and teaching, but you will also find the skills you acquire will equip you well for various fields of work.
For those who wish to embark on an academic career, a PhD is an essential part of your professional development. The Department of Classics and Archaeology provides support for its research students, many of whom gain valuable teaching experience and publish their research whilst studying with us. All students registered for a research degree are offered the opportunity to participate in an wide-ranging programme of research training and skills development.
Current research projects
For more information about research projects and staff research interests within the department please visit our research site and staff pages.