Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Classics

Why choose Classics at the University of Edinburgh?

  • Classics has achieved high student satisfaction levels in the National Student Survey (NSS) over the last five years, with 100 per cent of students on the MA (Hons) Classics programme saying they were satisfied in 2017.

  • Our programmes in Greek and Latin offer a rigorous and traditional linguistic training, alongside innovative texts and approaches, letting you reach very high standards whether or not you have studied the languages before and irrespective of previous linguistic knowledge.

  • Whichever programme you study, you will have opportunities to get involved in excavations run by members of staff, most recently in Italy and Macedonia.

  • You will be taught by one of the largest groups of classics-focused academics in the UK, with around 30 members of staff covering a variety of research interests.

  • We offer a wide choice of programmes and more than 40 specialist course options across all the main areas of classics: Greek and Latin language, literature and thought; ancient history; and classical art and archaeology.

  • Our courses in ancient history, classical art and archaeology, and classical literature in translation require no prior knowledge and no linguistic knowledge, and cover the whole of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, including neighbouring civilisations such as Persia, and Byzantium, the successor state to the Roman empire.

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The close relationship among students and the interaction with our lecturers make the learning process much more enjoyable.

Angus Carey-Douglas 4th year MA (Hons) Classics
Angus Carey-Douglas 4th year MA (Hons) Classics

Introducing Classics

Classics will introduce you to the history, cultures, languages, and literatures of some of the world's most important civilisations. Whether you are interested in the archaeology of the Roman empire, the art of ancient Athens, the drama of Euripides, the epics of Homer and Virgil, or the history of Greece, Rome, and Byzantium, you will be able to find a programme suited to your interests and ambitions.

Classics is a wide term which refers to the study of all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilisation. It also includes the study of those cultures that the Greeks and Romans came into contact with, of the Greek and Latin-speaking civilisations that followed them, and of the reception of classical heritage in the modern world.

You will learn from our range of expert teaching staff, who are drawn from many countries and maintain strong international links. We offer a wide choice of programmes with strengths across ancient history, Greek and Latin language and literature, and classical art and archaeology.

You will be able to choose from a broad range of courses in classics and related disciplines. In Years 1 and 2, you can also choose option courses from subjects as diverse as astronomy, criminology, and modern languages, subject to availability and to timetabling restrictions

No previous knowledge is required to study ancient history, classical art and archaeology, or classical literature in translation, and it is possible to learn Greek or Latin from scratch and to progress to the highest level by the end of your programme.

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.