Our academic staff work on a wide range of topics, periods and regions, including not just the Greek and Roman worlds but also ancient Persia and late antiquity. Teaching on the MSc is research-led, meaning that our academic staff provide courses on the material they are working on, giving you the chance to engage with new approaches and theories.
The University of Edinburgh encourages you to take a range of course options, exploring topics you have not worked on before and filling in gaps in your knowledge. The flexible format of the Classics programme means that you can tailor it to your requirements and use the dissertation to investigate a question of your own choosing.
The hub of intellectual life is the weekly Classics Research Seminar, which welcomes a remarkable range of speakers. The graduate community is intellectually active, supportive, and convivial: graduates organize their own seminar series and conferences.
And besides this, you would be studying in Edinburgh, the Athens of the North, a stunningly beautiful city with a worldwide reputation as a cultural and academic capital! You’ll have the opportunity to study specific periods and regions of classical civilisation, analyse the literary significance of texts, and develop your language skills in Greek and Latin.
Drawing on the diverse interests of our academic staff, the Classics programme content is highly flexible, allowing you to choose a specialised path or a more interdisciplinary approach.
We’ll also provide you with opportunities to hear from distinguished speakers in the weekly classics research seminar series and to share your research with your peers at the classics graduate seminar.
The modular structure of the programme allows you to concentrate on areas of particular interest while still providing breadth of coverage.
There is one required training course in ‘Classical Research Methods and Skills’ that runs across the two teaching semesters. This course is specially designed for classicists and aims to introduce you to areas of the discipline beyond your own specialities and to help you with the practical skills of finding and presenting information.
In addition, students will choose five courses from a list of options. These enable you to work with increasing independence on advanced scholarship and prepare for the final stage of the Masters, the dissertation. Greek and Latin language courses will be offered every year, as will a number of Latin and Greek text seminars and core Ancient History and Classical Archaeology courses. In previous years these have included courses on:
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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Minimum required score (Grade B2):
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.4 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
We expect applicants to have a good first degree (2.1, GPA 3.4 or equivalent). This will normally be in a Classical subject, but applications are also accepted from those who have studied a related discipline to apply (e.g. History, Archaeology, Art History, Theology). There are no formal linguistic requirements, but literature courses may require Latin or Greek at degree level.
All students of every nationality are required to prove their English language competence.
Even native-speakers of English must demonstrate that they meet our minimum language requirements to gain entry to the University.
The University offers a range of funding opportunities for masters students. This includes a number of awards for UK, EU and Overseas students studying a masters programme within the School of History, Classics & Archaeology.
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