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Ancient History (MLitt)

Course Description

The MLitt in Ancient History is for historians and archaeologists. You will make use of both material and written evidence. You may take a language course in Latin or Greek, which would certainly be useful if you wish to pursue your studies in Ancient History further, but this is not compulsory.

The taught programme in Ancient History is designed to offer postgraduate students the opportunity to study aspects of the ancient world in depth and also to acquire the research training that will enable them to undertake independent research in this discipline. It has flexibility to cater for the differing experiences and needs of individual students while also encouraging a collective sense of intellectual enterprise.

Module options include Greek and Roman history, art, archaeology and architecture, politics, the economy, the army, and much more. Postgraduate courses at the British School in Athens and the British School at Rome can count towards the degree. There is also an Erasmus agreement with the University of Leiden in the Netherlands open to postgraduate students seeking credit-bearing modules.

Work in Semesters 1 and 2

All the taught programmes in classical subjects maintain very high academic rigour with maximum flexibility for you. They offer an excellent opportunity to develop research skills, and to prepare for a doctorate, by choosing from a broad range of modules.

All students take a compulsory core module which provides generic skill-based training. The two-hour seminars are held most weeks and cover a range of topics and methodologies essential to research in the relevant field. Assessment Is by written and oral presentations; there is no exam.


Many of our recent taught postgraduate students have gone on to study for a PhD in the UK or the USA, but others have used our Masters degrees as an intellectual foundation for diverse professional careers, such as teaching in schools, law, or museum curatorship.


* Between 8 and 20 taught postgraduates admitted each year, with a postgraduate community numbering over 30.

* Friendly but academically challenging departmental ethos.

* The School of Classics is housed in the centre of the town, adjacent to the University Library, with views out to St Andrews Bay.

* Vibrant conference and workshop programme.

* Excellent collections in the University Library, as well as a dedicated class library in the School building.

* Beginners’ courses in Greek and Latin available if you need to acquire a classical language as part of your training for subsequent research.

All the MLitt programmes offer:

• An opportunity to develop advanced knowledge of particular aspects of the literature, history, archaeology or reception of the cultures and societies of ancient Greece and Rome.

• An excellent training in a classical discipline.

• Instruction in the skills appropriate to postgraduate study, and an introduction to research opportunities and various methodologies currently used in the field.

• Regular tutorials with a tutor who is an expert in the field and provides overall direction and guidance.

Visit the Ancient History (MLitt) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Entrants will be expected to hold a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. We will consider applicants with a non-Classics background, and would recommend that you contact the School of Classics as early as possible in this instance.

Course Fees

2016/17: Home/EU £6,800; Overseas £16,250

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