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This Masters programme enables you to acquire and develop skills as an independent researcher in the field of classics. We offer a broad range of options which can either be used to construct a self-contained programme of study or act as the springboard for doctoral research.

Why this programme

◾You will have the opportunity to begin or continue the study of Latin or Greek, enabling those who have not had a ‘traditional’ classical education to acquire linguistic skills necessary for progression to higher research in classics.
◾The programme draws on the University’s rich holdings of ancient material culture (particularly coins) and manuscripts where appropriate.
◾If you have studied classics at undergraduate level and want to take your studies to a higher level; or if you have a background in other periods of history, philosophy, art or literature and want to develop your studies with reference to the ancient world; this programme is designed for you.

Programme structure

Core courses

◾Research training
◾Dissertation.

Optional courses

Options are available via both linguistic and non-linguistic pathways.
◾Thucydides
◾Explorations of the Classical Tradition
◾Ancient Drama
◾Democracy and Governance

You can also take courses in elementary and advanced Greek and Latin languages.

It is also possible to take masters-level courses offered by other subject areas in the College of Arts.

Core and optional courses

Core Courses

Research training (20 credits)

This offers a range of options taught by members of the Classics department. Some provide training in skills relevant to the disciplines such as epigraphy, papyrology or metre. Others develop skills as members of a disciplinary community: the ability to participate in seminar discussion, to respond orally and in written form to the written work of their peers and of established scholars and to present their own work to academic audiences. It runs throughout semesters one and two.

Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation is 12,000-15,000 words in length, and must be submitted in September of the year following the start of the course (full-time students) or two years later (part-time students). The dissertation allows students to pursue a particular topic in a depth not possible in the taught options and, whilst it is a self-contained project, may provide the starting-point for subsequent doctoral study. The exact topic will typically emerge as the outcome of a process of negotiation between the individual student and the convenor.

Optional Courses

The options available will vary from year to year depending upon operational factors such as patterns of study leave and the evolving research interests of academic staff. Most modules are available via both linguistic and non-linguistic pathways.
Courses currently available include:
◾Thucydides
◾Explorations of the Classical Tradition
◾ Ancient Drama
◾Democracy and Governance

Language courses

These offer elementary and advanced Greek and Latin language training for postgraduates. Students intending to progress to M.Phil. or PhD, who do not already hold a Level 1 qualification in Latin or Greek, should normally choose 40 credits of language modules. No more than 40 credits of language options may normally be taken as part of a student’s M.Litt. (T) curriculum.

Further topics

A range of other courses are available to MLitt students, drawing on masters courses available elsewhere in the College of Arts and on specialist options taught with the Classics Honours programme. These vary from year to year.

Career prospects

You will develop a broad range of intellectual and transferable skills that employers are looking for. Graduates have found careers in teaching, librarianship and the heritage sector. Over half of our Masters students proceed to PhD. Glasgow PhD graduates currently hold university posts in the UK, rest of Europe, US and Africa.

Positions held by recent graduates include University Teacher, Business Archive Cataloguer, Policy and Governance Manager, Market Research Coordinator and Underwriter.

Visit the Classics - MLitt page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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