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Classics (MScR)

Course Description

Research profile

The MSc by Research in Classics is aimed at students who have a specific topic of interest into which they wish to conduct their own research.

The programme provides structured research training while at the same time enabling you to pursue a research project that you design yourself, in consultation with supervisors. It serves as both a self-contained research degree and a preparation for further study for the PhD degree.

Classics at Edinburgh continues a tradition that goes back to the University’s foundation in 1583.

We now boast one of the most significant clusters of scholars in the United Kingdom working in all the areas of the discipline.

We are happy to supervise across the full range of our research interests in:

Greek and Latin language, literature and thought
Greek and Roman history from classical Greece to late antiquity
classical Greek and Roman art and archaeology

We are able to supervise in related areas such as Persian history and reception studies.

Training and support

You will be assigned two supervisors who will provide expert academic guidance on your chosen research topic. You will meet regularly to discuss your progress and research plans, as well as drafts of your thesis/dissertation chapters, conference papers and potential articles.

In addition to individual supervision, you will also have access to research training and postgraduate seminars.


Our home is the William Robertson Wing, an A-listed building on the southern edge of Edinburgh’s Old Town, which is 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 – has recently been refurbished to an exceptional standard, providing state-of-the-art facilities for research, teaching and study.

Graduate students are able to use two further large School study and resource rooms, which are open to all staff and students. There is access to lockers equipped with laptop charging facilities as well as standard lockers.

The building is wireless enabled and includes state of the art teaching rooms, meeting rooms, a common room, a refreshment area, and open social/breakout areas.

Programme structure

A long dissertation of 30,000 words is the sole form of assessment, but you will also attend compulsory training courses and may attend other relevant courses (especially languages).

Career opportunities

The programme’s focus on research under supervision makes this degree suitable for those contemplating doctoral study, here or elsewhere, and many who take this degree follow that route.

But undertaking a substantial and independent research and writing project is equally an excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers.

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

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline is normally required. Only candidates with a first degree in a clearly relevant field, who submit a strong and viable research proposal, will be considered. Students will also need to have the relevant language skills for their topic.

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