St John's College Oxford
A wide-ranging degree devoted to the study of the literature, history, philosophy, languages and archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

Average intake: 5

  • Oxford remains the best place in the world to be studying Classics. This is no exaggeration but the simple, objective truth, resting upon its huge resources in the form of libraries, museums and teachers.
  • We have tutors and lecturers in all fields of classical studies, whose research interests cover such diverse subjects as early Greek epic, modern reception of Greek tragedy, Roman law and citizenship, Platonic ethics, and sculptures on Roman tombs.
  • St John's is physically closest (literally just over the road) to the three most important buildings in the University for Classics: the Sackler Library (the world's largest classics library, also housing important papyri), the Ashmolean Museum (the UK's oldest, with important ancient sculpture and Greek vases), and the Classics Centre. We also have an excellent Classics collection in the College library.
  • An active student Classics society is named after an Emeritus Fellow, Professor Donald Russell, who has been teaching for the College since 1948. It organises talks by distinguished academics, many of them St John’s alumni, every term.
  • St John’s was the alma mater of some of the most important British classical scholars, including A.E. Housman (perhaps even more famous as a poet) and Gilbert Murray. The fictional Inspector Morse also read Classics at St John’s.
  • Our classics graduates have gone on to many diverse fields, including banking, computing, the civil service, law and academia.

Read profiles from three St John's students studying Classics and Joint Schools here, here and here.
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Classics and Joint Schools tutors