UCAS code: Q810
Duration: 4 years
School: History, Classics and Archaeology
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
In MA Classical Studies, you will combine the study of the history, archaeology and literature of the classical world. Ancient Greek or Latin may be taken as part of the degree.
The evidence for the Graeco-Roman world is richly varied. You will be able to explore that intrinsically interesting world from several different disciplinary angles and to build up a comprehensive view of the Greek and Roman civilisations.
The study of the classical world in a multi-disciplinary manner thus affords the opportunity to acquire a rounded view of the origins of European civilisation through the combination of philological, historical and archaeological inquiry.
You will select two survey courses on the history and culture of the Greek and Roman worlds ranging from archaic Greek to the later Roman empire. Then you can select a further two of these survey courses, or from beginners or advanced intermediate Greek or Latin. You will additionally choose two courses from a wide range of options.
You will take a course in ancient history and another in classical literature in translation, as well as two additional Year 2 classics courses. You will additionally choose a further two courses from a wide range of options.
You will take six courses across the whole range of classics, including ancient history, classical art/archaeology, and classical literature in translation. Up to two courses may be in beginners’ or intermediate Greek and Latin.
You will write a double-weighted dissertation on a topic of your choice in classics. You will also complete four courses chosen from across the whole range of classics, including in ancient history, classical art/archaeology, and classical literature in translation. Up to two courses may be in beginners’ or intermediate Greek or Latin.
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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.
Opportunities to study abroad are available in this subject area.
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.
You will be assessed by exams and coursework, and sometimes by practical exercises.
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.
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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.
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We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
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:
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