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MSc in Classics at The University of Edinburgh gives you the chance to develop your interest in classics across the entire discipline: Greek and Latin literature and thought, Greek and Roman history, and classical art and archaeology.

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 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.

Learning outcomes

Students who follow this programme will gain:

  • an advanced knowledge of the archaeology/art and history of specific regions and periods of classical civilisation
  • an opportunity to study and analyse the literary significance of Greek and Latin texts and develop knowledge of current interpretation of them
  • an ability to comment in a detailed manner on passages from a selection of Greek and Latin
  • a developed knowledge of the Greek or Latin languages

Detailed Course Facts

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Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

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:

  • Cicero and his Correspondents
  • Agricultural Slavery in the Graeco-Roman World
  • Epicurus and Epicureanism
  • The Julio-Claudian Empire
  • Byzantium and its Neighbours
  • Callimachus and Hellenistic Poetry
  • The Making of Roman Italy
  • The Hellenistic City
  • Theodore the Stoudite and Photios
  • Archaic and Classical Sparta
  • Cultural History of the Late Roman World
  • Plato’s Republic
  • The Topography and Monuments of Athens and Attica
  • Late Antique Visual Culture
  • Palaeography
  • The Archaeology of the Roman Economy
  • Women in the Classical World
  • Roman Funerary Art
  • Hellenistic Art and Archaeology

English Language Requirements

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