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4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
St Andrews
English
06 September 2021
Virtual open day
4/7/2021
Virtual open day
4/14/2021

Program description

Greek MA Hons

Knowledge of Greek is the key not only to a literature of enormous richness but also to in-depth understanding of a fascinating culture. The MA (Hons) in Greek will develop your Greek language skills and will also develop skills of literary and cultural analysis which are important for understanding complex texts, arguments and problems in our own culture too.

The course involves study of the many different genres of ancient Greek literature, from tragedy and epic to lyric poetry and philosophy, historiography and oratory. You will be required to develop skills of reading and understanding these texts in the original language. In the process you will also gain a broad understanding of ancient social, cultural and political history.

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Admission requirements

These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.

  • SQA Highers
  • GCE A-Levels
  • IB points

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.

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


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Program content

First Year

Students will take two first-year modules depending on their knowledge of Greek prior to the course.

Beginners in Greek will take the following two compulsory modules:

  • Greek Language for Beginners
  • Greek Literature for Beginners

Students who have studied Greek to SQA Higher, GCE A-level or equivalent will take the following two compulsory modules:

  • Greek Language and Literature 1
  • Greek Pastoral and Passion

Students will take two second-year modules depending on their knowledge of Greek prior to the course.

Ex-beginners in Greek will take the following two compulsory modules:

  • The Landscape of Greek Prose (B)
  • The Landscape of Greek Poetry (B)

Students who have studied Greek to SQA Higher, GCE A-level or equivalent will take the following two compulsory modules:

  • The Landscape of Greek Prose (A)
  • The Landscape of Greek Poetry (A)

Honours

If you decide to take Greek in your third and fourth years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options.

Here is a sample of Honours modules that have been offered in previous years:

  • Greeks and Barbarians
  • Greeks on Education
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Lies, History and Ideology
  • 'Satire', Sex and Society: Greek 'Old Comedy'
  • Texts and Objects in the Greek World
  • The Gods of Greek Literature
  • The History of Ancient Greek from Homer to the New Testament
  • The Rest of the Story: Greek Epic after Homer
  • Violence in Early Greek Poetry.

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

In addition to these classes, students are expected to undertake substantial independent, but guided, work outside of the classroom. Typically, this will involve:

  • reading Greek texts
  • practising language and translation skills
  • reading journal articles and books
  • undertaking research in the library
  • working on individual projects
  • preparing coursework assignments and presentations
  • preparing for examinations.

Tuition fees

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

Career opportunities

Traditional classical Greek courses have provided an entry to a wide range of careers and positions since employers have placed a premium on the combination of intellectual flexibility and rigour of Greek graduates.

Students who graduate with classical Greek degrees typically do well in the graduate employment market, while some choose to continue their academic careers via a postgraduate training degree to doctoral study either in St Andrews or at another university.

Graduate destinations include:

  • financial services
  • law
  • marketing and management
  • civil and armed services
  • journalism
  • museums, heritage and conservation
  • libraries and information management
  • teaching
  • further research or study.

A degree in Greek will provide you with transferable skills that will equip you for a future career in many sectors. These skills include:

  • flexible thinking
  • understanding a range of viewpoints and critical approaches
  • exercising reflection and critical judgment
  • gathering, memorising, organising and deploying information
  • time management
  • project planning
  • independent work
  • group work
  • oral and written expression.

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About this institute

University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s first University. As a 600 year-old institution, we are known across the globe for our world leading quality and depth of research. For six centuries some of the world’s brightest and most promising...


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Why study at University of St Andrews

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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University of St Andrews

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St Katharine's West
KY16 9AX St Andrews
Scotland

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