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As one of the largest of its kind in the UK, the University of Edinburgh’s School of History, Classics & Archaeology is one of the great world centres for the study of the human past. The University of Edinburgh is ranked fourth in Europe and 12th in the world for humanities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014/15).
Our expertise in the School of History, Classics & Archaeology ranges from the ancient to the contemporary, and stretches to every corner of the globe. This allows us to offer an unrivalled and wide-ranging portfolio of graduate programmes.
We offer a diverse and energetic research culture, covering many periods, areas and themes. Our home is the William Robertson Wing, an A-listed building on the southern edge of Edinburgh’s Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Designed by the distinguished 19th-century architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, the building – part of the University’s Old Medical School – was refurbished in 2010 to an exceptional standard, providing state-of-the-art facilities for research, teaching and study.
With a tradition in research in archaeology, classics and history that can be traced back to the 18th century, we can offer our graduate students a stimulating study environment that draws from a solid foundation in research excellence. Many of our researchers are global experts in their field and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranked us third in the UK for history and fifth in the UK for classics research. Overall, 67% of our research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent, with a high of 83% for our history research.
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This programme gives you the opportunity to study ancient history at an advanced level, developing your interest in the ancient world and providing an excellent preparation for further graduate research. Read more
Our online MSc in Ancient Worlds provides you the opportunity to explore the human past, from early prehistory to late antiquity through a diverse range of courses and independent research. Read more
This programme studies the ancient Greek and Roman worlds from the Iron Age to the late Roman and early Christian period through their material remains including sculpture, funerary art, topography and visual cultures. Read more
This programme will give you 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. Read more
The MSc by Research in Classics provides a grounding in the methods and techniques of sustained research, while at the same time allowing you to pursue your own project and complete an extended thesis. Read more
Has the end of the Cold War created a new world order? Has the fall of the Berlin Wall inaugurated a new Europe? Has 9/11 changed our world and the character of our democracies forever? Are we facing a ‘clash of cultures’ in the Middle East? Is American power declining and being replaced by new players on the world stage?. Read more
This programme lets you explore the richness of European archaeology, a region that presents innumerable opportunities for archaeological research, through examination of a wide range of periods, geographical areas and themes. Read more