Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Classics

UCAS code: Q800

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: History, Classics and Archaeology

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Classics

On MA Classics you will focus on the study of the languages and literatures of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Ancient Greek is the language in which many of the basic concepts underlying western society found expression for the first time; Latin was the language of the most powerful and durable empire of the classical world, and remained the principal language of scholarship, record and literature in western Europe for more than 1,000 years. The programme combines detailed philological work with the study of Greek and Latin-speaking civilisations in many different contexts (political, religious, philosophical).

On this programme you receive an advanced and robust training in both ancient Greek and Latin, and read a broad selection of works of classical literature in the original. You will have the opportunity to read texts from archaic Greece down to late antiquity, Byzantium and the middle ages.

Year 1

You will take two courses from beginners’ or advanced intermediate Greek, and two courses from beginners or advanced intermediate Latin. Additionally, you will choose two courses from a broad range of options.

Year 2

You will take two advanced courses in each of Latin and Greek. Additionally, you will choose two courses from a broad range of options.

Year 3

You will take two courses in Greek and Latin Language, as well as choosing three further Greek and Latin honours courses. The remaining course may be taken from honours courses in ancient history, classical art/archaeology, classical literature in translation, Greek or Latin.

Year 4

You will write a double-weighted dissertation on a topic of your choice in classics. You will also choose two Greek and two Latin honours courses.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

You will be taught in the School of History, Classics & Archaeology and in other lecture rooms and classrooms around George Square in the University's Central Area. The School building is home to a Student Research Room and subject collections; the University Library and computing facilities are located in George Square.

Study abroad

Opportunities to study abroad are available in this subject area.

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, seminar groups and tutorials. Some classes take you out of the classroom and into the local museums and libraries.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by exams and coursework, and sometimes by practical exercises.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2018/19)

You’ll gain practical, intellectual and theoretical skills that are highly valued by employers. You’ll gain rigorous mental training in a range of disciplines, enabling you to demonstrate intellectual flexibility and the ability to adapt to new situations and to learn new skills.

By working with distant sources and inconclusive evidence, you’ll learn to think logically and to develop sound research and analytical skills. You’ll learn how to make links between what you already know and what you still need to find out. You’ll be taught how to compile and critically evaluate evidence in order to formulate and present an argument coherently.

Our Classics graduates have gone on to pursue a range of career paths. Previous graduates now work in journalism, museums, teaching, academia, accountancy, finance, IT, publishing, the armed forces, the legal profession and the civil service.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AABB.
  • A Levels: AAB.
  • IB: 36 Points (665 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. Higher Latin and/or Greek required. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB including Latin and/or Greek. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including Latin and/or Greek. SL: English at 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

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

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Classics

Additional costs

None.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding