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1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
St Andrews
06 September 2021
Application deadline: 09 July 2021
Virtual open day
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Program description

Classics MLitt

The MLitt in Classics is an intensive taught program, designed primarily as preparation for further research. The course allows you to specialise in a wide range of areas, including: Greek or Latin literature, ancient history, classical archaeology, reception studies, and ancient philosophy.

The MLitt in Classics is a full-time taught postgraduate program run by the School of Classics. The course embraces the study of all aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman world including Greek and Latin literary culture, ancient history, archaeology, classical philosophy, and the reception of antiquity in later periods.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for entry to the MLitt in Classics are a first-class or high 2.1 degree or equivalent. If you studied your first degree outside the UK.

In reviewing applications for the MLitt, the School of Classics looks especially at:

  • your statement of your plans for the MLitt and for future study or careers
  • your academic background and level of performance (especially in courses relevant to the MLitt, and in any research projects or dissertations that you may have completed)
  • evidence of your ability to complete a high-level MLitt dissertation and of potential to progress to further research degrees (particularly evidenced by your sample of written work)
  • whether St Andrews is a good match for your specialist interests. The MLitt Convenor is happy to be contacted and, if necessary, to set up a meeting in person or virtually so that you can discuss your plans and to ensure that St Andrews is the best place for you to pursue a Masters degree.
  • If you have any queries concerning the program or your suitability for it, you are encouraged to make contact in advance of your application.
  • Non-native English speakers must also demonstrate English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content


  • Themes and Methods in Classical Research 1
  • Themes and Methods in Classical Research 2


Classics students have the opportunity to choose two of the following four overarching modules, one per semester.

Semester 1 (choose one)

  • Greek History and Material Culture
  • Latin Literary Culture

Semester 2 (choose one)

  • Greek Literary Culture
  • Roman History and Material Culture

Program delivery

The MLitt degree requires two semesters of full-time (or four semesters part-time) coursework, with an average of four to five hours of staff contact per week (more if you choose to do language modules). The modules are taught through group seminars (with the whole MLitt cohort or in smaller groups) and through one-to-one supervision in your areas of specialisation.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit our website.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Continuing studies

Many graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programs at St Andrews or elsewhere, and preparation for application to PhD programs forms a key component of the MLitt.

Career opportunities

Postgraduates from the School of Classics go on to pursue careers in a diverse range of professional careers. For example, recent graduands have gone on to work in:

  • publishing
  • law
  • finance
  • teaching
  • university administration
  • museum curatorship

Others have gone on to successful academic careers in the UK, North America and internationally.

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The University of St Andrews is situated in a truly beautiful location. Part of a seaside town it is a picturesque and inspirational location to pursue your studies, where you will have the thinking space needed to be your very best. As a smaller university our size is one of our greatest strengths with class sizes allowing for a close and individual learning experience and giving great access and support from your teachers.

Graduates of St Andrews are highly sought after by employers around the world due to our reputation for excellence. A qualification from St Andrews will help you reach your ambitions and kickstart your career.

Consistently ranked as the best student academic experience in the UK by students in the National Student Survey, your time as a student in St Andrews will be unique and rewarding, leaving you with a prestigious qualification, but also memories and connections to treasure for years to come.

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St Katharine's West
KY16 9AX St Andrews

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