Postgraduate study

Classics

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time

Funding available

Programme website: Classics

Classics at Edinburgh now boasts one of the most significant clusters of scholars in the United Kingdom working in all the areas of the discipline:

  • Greek and Latin language, literature and thought
  • Greek and Roman history from Classical Greece to Late Antiquity
  • Greek, Roman, and Byzantine art and archaeology

Major research interests include:

  • Homer and early Greek poetry
  • Greek philosophy
  • Greek drama
  • Hellenistic and Roman poetry
  • Classical Greek and Hellenistic history
  • Ancient Persia
  • the Roman Republic
  • Cicero
  • Roman imperial history
  • Greek literature of the Roman empire
  • late Roman literature and history
  • Christianity in the Roman empire
  • ancient slavery
  • ancient law
  • epigraphy
  • the city of Rome
  • gender in antiquity
  • the reception of Classical antiquity
  • Greek sculpture
  • mythology in art
  • Roman and Byzantine Archaeology

The research culture in Classics centres on the weekly research seminar which welcomes distinguished speakers in all fields of classics, one of the most high-profile and best-attended events of its type in Britain.

Every year we host major international conferences (including the biennial conference on a Greek topic endowed by the Leventis Foundation, which is organised by an eminent visiting professor), as well as a wide range of one-day events.

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.

A UK 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline and a relevant postgraduate masters degree with a pass of at least 65% in the dissertation and 65% overall, or the international equivalent.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

Find out more about our language requirements:

  • School of History, Classics & Archaeology
  • Graduate School Office, Room 2.29, William Robertson Wing
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit two references with your application.

You must submit a research proposal demonstrating your knowledge of your field of research, which will be closely scrutinised as part of the decision-making process.

Two supervisors will be appointed to work with you on the project.

If necessary start dates outwith September and January are available. Please begin your application using the closest date and contact the Graduate School to discuss the matter.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • School of History, Classics & Archaeology
  • Graduate School Office, Room 2.29, William Robertson Wing
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG