Prospective postgraduates


The University of Edinburgh possesses excellent facilities for the study of the late antique, Islamic and Byzantine worlds.

The School

Our historic building combines study spaces with exhibition areas hosting a number of significant international Classics collections, including pottery and casts.

We have our own library known as the Student Research Room, which is a large airy space used both for study and to house the School’s book collections, including a dedicated Classics book collection Sellar and Goodhart.

Many of our students are also members of cross-School research groups which aim to stimulate inter-disciplinary, collaborative research, and widen awareness of individual scholarship.

The University

The University Library is one of the largest university libraries in the UK and contains a substantial collection of primary and secondary materials and a vast collection of rare books and manuscripts. These include medieval manuscripts in Greek and Latin, as well as offering access to important databases such as the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae and Brill Online.

Postgraduate students are welcome to study original objects and have made many important research discoveries while working on the archives. There is an incredible range of material in the collections that is available nowhere else in the world.

The City

Known as the Athens of the North, the city of Edinburgh has been a hub of classical study for hundreds of years. Its neoclassical architecture offers the perfect surroundings in which to pursue your studies.

Edinburgh’s rich historical resources and archives feature prominently in our teaching and the Classics subject area enjoys close ties with various museums and galleries in Edinburgh, including the National Museum of Scotland which has a large collection of Roman material from Scotland. Many of our graduate students find these local repositories invaluable, as they mean most MSc students can complete their degrees without the need for extensive research trips.