Since 1953 the Institute of Classical Studies has promoted research into the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and neighbouring lands, ranging from prehistory to Late Antiquity, and encompassing languages and literature, art and archaeology, history and philosophy. 

The Institute runs an extensive Events programme throughout the academic year, comprising seminars, guest lectures and conferences with distinguished speakers drawn from throughout the UK and around the world. The Institute also publishes a twice-yearly journal BICS, available in both printed and on-line versions, as well as an important series of monographs, BICS Supplements

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The Institute facilitates a series of Research Projects. We are also committed to providing valuable research training for postgraduate students. We provide teaching for a number of modules for the Intercollegiate MA and supervision for PhD students. The Institute is home to one of the world’s leading research libraries, developed in close collaboration with the Societies for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies and Roman Studies. Moreover our base in Senate House, in the heart of Bloomsbury, encourages close cooperation with other parts of the University of London, as well as the British Library and the British Museum. 

The ICS is one of eight member Institutes of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, which is devoted to the promotion, facilitation and practice of research and scholarship in many aspects of the Humanities.