MA History and Classics
UCAS code: VQ18
Duration: 4 years
School: History, Classics and Archaeology
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA History and Classics
History is a perfect partner for classics, the study of the languages, history, and literatures of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Knowledge of and enquiry into the ancient world was vitally important in later periods of history, and knowledge of the classical world is an important tool for historians of all periods, places and themes.
In history courses cover historical periods from the early Middle Ages to the most recent past; geographical regions including Britain and Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas; and a wide variety of approaches to the past, including political history, cultural history, social history, economic history, gender history, and global and transnational history.
By combining history with the study of classics, you'll also be able to study ancient history as well as the literature, languages and culture of the ancient world. We have a wide range of expertise, from the archaeology of the Roman empire and the art of ancient Athens, to the drama of Euripides and the epics of Homer and Virgil, to the history of Greece, Rome and Byzantium.
You will select two courses studying the Greek and/or Roman World or Greek and Latin.
History courses in Year 1 are broad survey courses that are designed to prepare you for more specialised study in Years 3 and 4. Current courses range from the Middle Ages to the present. You will take one of these courses and also a compulsory course in historical skills that engages with broader questions about the nature of history as an academic discipline and the methods and skills required for historical research.
You will also choose from a wide range of option courses outside your primary subjects.
You will study two classics courses in ancient history or Greek and Latin.
Year 2 history courses extend your range geographically and chronologically and currently cover various periods and themes in American, Asian, African, European, British, and Scottish history. As in Year 1, history courses offer broad surveys that are designed to prepare you for more specialised study in Years 3 and 4. You will choose one of these courses and also take a compulsory course on historiography.
You will also choose from a wide range of option courses outside your primary subjects.
You will take a compulsory course in historical skills and study. You will also study courses from a wide range of specialist option courses in both history and classics.
You will study a year-long special subject course in history, two further specialist courses in classics, and engage in independent research to produce an honours dissertation in either history or classics on a topic substantially of your own devising.
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.
The School of History, Classics & Archaeology is located in the heart of the city, within the University's Central Area.
Here you’ll have access to a range of study spaces, our Student Research Room, research collections and an undergraduate common room.
You’ll also have access to the University’s libraries and computing facilities.
You’ll be taught in a range of lecture theatres and seminar rooms within the School and across the University’s Central Area.
Opportunities to study abroad are available in this subject area.
How will I learn?
In Years 1 and 2 you will be taught by lectures and tutorials. Years 3 and 4 involve more seminars and independent study, with individual supervision of the final year dissertation.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by exams, coursework and, in some courses, your participation in tutorials.
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.
You will gain the intellectual and transferable skills that employers are looking for. You will learn to develop intellectually rigorous arguments, based on sound independent research and analysis. You will be able to compile and critically evaluate large amounts of complex and conflicting evidence, and to formulate and present your views coherently, both orally and in writing.
The research and analytical skills history students develop can be used in any research-based career.
They can also be applied to careers including journalism, museum and heritage work, public relations, the diplomatic service or teaching.
Previous graduates have gone on to pursue a wide variety of careers, in the media, politics, civil service, heritage, law, business, and finance, to name just a few.
The typical offer is likely to be:
- SQA Highers: AAAB.
- A Levels: AAB.
- IB: 37 points (grades 666 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. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
- A Levels: ABB. 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. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
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.
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
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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