Undergraduate study - 2023 entry
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MA Classics and Linguistics

UCAS code: QQ81

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: History, Classics and Archaeology

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

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Introducing MA Classics and Linguistics

In MA Classics and English Language, you will combine the study of:

  • ancient Greek language and literature
  • linguistics and linguistic theory with a particular focus on the English language

The study of Greek will give you access to one of the world’s great literatures. You will read foundational texts of the western tradition in their original language, including:

  • epic
  • tragedy
  • philosophy
  • history

This will complement your studies in linguistics. This means you will have the opportunity to investigate linguistic structures in both a dead and living language.

While the programme shares a common structure with MA Classics and English Language, from Year 2 there is a focus on linguistics courses.

Your final dissertation is taken in either classics or linguistics.

  • [MA]: Master of Arts

Year 1

In Year 1, you will:

  • complete two courses in linguistics and English language
  • take two courses in beginner's or advanced intermediate Greek
  • choose two courses from a wide range of options

Year 2

In Year 2, you will complete:

  • a course on Linguistic Theory and The Structure of English
  • a further linguistics course
  • two courses in advanced Greek

You will also choose two courses from a wide range of options.

Year 3

In Year 1, you will take:

  • a course in Greek language
  • a further Greek honours course
  • two linguistics honours courses

The remaining two courses may be chosen from across the Greek and/or linguistics honours courses, or from beginner's or advanced intermediate Latin.

Year 4

A third of your final-year’s study will consist of a dissertation on a topic of your choice in either classics or language sciences.

You will also take:

  • two Greek honours courses
  • two linguistics 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 (2022/23)

Our facilities

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is located in the heart of the city, within the University's Central Area. Here you will have access to:

  • a range of study spaces
  • our Student Research Room
  • research collections
  • an undergraduate common room

You will also have access to the University's libraries and computing facilities, located in George Square.

You will be taught in a range of lecture theatres and seminar rooms within the School and across the University's Central Area.

Take a virtual tour

You can take a closer look at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and explore our facilities and campus on the University's Virtual Visit site.

Take a virtual tour of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology

External resources

As well as using our own resources and those of the University Library, you can apply for access to the outstanding collections of the:

  • National Library of Scotland
  • National Museum of Scotland

Study abroad

There are plenty of opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 by applying for one of the University’s many international exchanges.

These cover many parts of the world, including:

  • Europe
  • Asia
  • North America
  • South America
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

These are unique opportunities to immerse yourself in different university systems and cultures.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • small group tutorials.

Some classes take you out of the classroom and into the local museums and libraries.

Teaching is often closely inspired by the cutting-edge research of our academic staff, especially at honours level.

How will I be assessed?

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

You will acquire practical, intellectual and theoretical skills that are highly valued by employers.

You will also 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.

Classics graduates have gone on to pursue a range of career paths, including:

  • journalism
  • museums
  • teaching
  • academia
  • accountancy
  • finance
  • IT
  • publishing
  • the armed forces
  • the legal profession
  • the civil service

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AABB-ABBB by end of S5 or AAAB-AABB/ABBBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAB - ABB.
  • IB: 36 points with 665 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5s: English at C.
  • A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

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

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

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.

International Foundation Programme

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB 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 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • GCSE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate at C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 54 in each component.

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Classics and Linguistics

Additional costs

If you study abroad in Year 3, your costs will vary by country.

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