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About the Faculty

Welcome to the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford and of its two sub-faculties of Classical Languages & Literature and Ancient History & Classical Archaeology. 

The Oxford Classics faculty, with some sixty permanent postholders, is the largest in the world, and Classics students never have the sense of being in a small minority within the university: over 150 undergraduates and almost 100 graduates are admitted to read classical subjects each year.  We can offer an unparalleled range of undergraduate and graduate courses, catering for a huge range of interests.  The Faculty hosts three research centres and over twenty research projects, while the research of individual faculty members covers almost every aspect of life, literature and art in the ancient world. 

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results, published on December 17th, Oxford Classics is rated as having created the largest volume of world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) research in the UK since 2008, and is ranked second nationally in the proportion of its research rated world-leading. 

The Research Excellence Framework is a peer-review process to assess the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. You can find out more about Oxford’s results at