Simon Glenn is a current student in our MSc in Classics by Research.
I started my MSc by Research at Edinburgh straight after finishing an undergraduate degree in Latin here. The decision to continue studying at Edinburgh was a very easy one. A particularly enjoyable and stimulating Honours course led to the formulation of a research proposal. Since I had already spent four year in Edinburgh, I did not hesitate to apply to continue my study here. The city is a wonderful place in which to live and study. Members of staff are very helpful, friendly, and approachable. The new School of History, Classics and Archaeology building offers a well-equipped computer lab for postgraduates as well as a collection of Classics books. The main University library is also well stocked for the subject and the proximity of a copyright library, the National Library of Scotland, makes for easy access to a large amount of relevant material.
The grants offered by the School for the purpose have allowed me to travel to three major museums in the United Kingdom to collect material for my thesis, while the personal contacts of members of staff here allowed easy access to the collections. The highlight for me so far has been the chance to travel to the British Museum to discuss my study with members of staff there.
I hope to apply for a PhD in the near future, developing the subject of my current research, dealing with the coins issued by the Greek kings of Bactria and India in the 2nd Century BC. If that goes to plan I will hopefully be able to pursue my interest in an academic position or by working in a museum.
This article was published on Jan 31, 2012