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Classics (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

This programme gives you the chance to develop your interest in Classics across the entire discipline: Greek and Latin literature and thought, Greek and Roman history, and classical art and archaeology. You’ll have the opportunity to study specific periods and regions of classical civilisation, analyse the literary significance of texts, and develop your language skills in Greek and Latin.

Drawing on the diverse interests of our academic staff, the programme content is highly flexible, allowing you to choose a specialised path or a more interdisciplinary approach.

We’ll also provide you with opportunities to hear from distinguished speakers in the weekly classics research seminar series and to share your research with your peers at the Classics graduate seminar. And besides this, you would be studying in Edinburgh, the Athens of the North, a stunningly beautiful city with a worldwide reputation as a cultural and academic capital!

Programme structure

The modular structure of the programme allows you to concentrate on areas of particular interest while still providing breadth of coverage.

There is one required training course in classical research methods and skills that runs across the two teaching semester (20 credits). This course is specially designed for classicists and aims to introduce you to areas of the discipline beyond your own specialities and to help you with the practical skills of finding and presenting information; it also equips you with the independent skills you need to complete your dissertation.

In addition, you will choose five courses from a list of options (each 20 credits). These enable you to work with increasing independence on advanced scholarship and prepare you for the final stage of the Masters, the dissertation (60 credits).

Learning outcomes

Students who follow this programme will gain:

an advanced knowledge of the archaeology/art and history of specific regions and periods of classical civilisation
an opportunity to study and analyse the literary significance of Greek and Latin texts and develop knowledge of current interpretation of them
an ability to comment in a detailed manner on passages from a selection of Greek and Latin
a developed knowledge of the Greek or Latin languages

Career opportunities

Designed to appeal to a broad range of students, this degree can form the stepping stone to many career options, such as further academic research, museum and art curation, literary translation or analysis, education or public heritage. You’ll also have a toolkit of transferable skills in organisation, research and analysis that will be highly prized in any field of work.

Visit the Classics (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

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