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Classical Studies (MLitt)

Course Description

The MLitt in Classical Studies looks at the many aspects of the cultures of the ancient world or its reception, primarily from a literary viewpoint. If you have no previous knowledge of Greek or Latin, you must take an intensive course in Greek or Latin language. You may study a language at a higher level if you have previous experience and wish to study the languages further.

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 Classical Studies (MLitt) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

(Student Profile)


St Andrews was my very first encounter with the UK university system and the academically rigorous atmosphere of Classics made me want to stay around longer. My MLitt programme was intense, but extremely stimulating, providing an excellent opportunity to work together with great people and at the same time challenge myself in a new environment.

The beautiful scenery, cosy but socially lively atmosphere of the town and – above all – the inspiring dynamics of the School (including
postgraduates and the staff) made this year an unforgettable experience and was essential for my subsequent progress into PhD.”


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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