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Research Excellence Framework

St Andrews ranked second equal among UK Classics departments in REF2014, assessed by quality of research publications, impact and research environment


Literary Interactions under Nerva Trajan and Hadrian

BA-Leverhulme research project on Latin and Greek literary culture during the reigns of Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian


Research podcasts

Dr Coulston introduces his work on Trajan's column in a contribution to the School of Classics research podcast series.


Joint research project

The schools of Classics and Computer Science produced a virtual reconstruction of Acropolis Basilica, Sparta, based on evidence revealed during its excavation


The School of Classics offers five primary undergraduate programmes: Ancient History, Classical Studies, Classics, Greek and Latin.
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The School offers taught postgraduate degrees in Ancient History, Classical Studies, Greek, Latin, and Greek & Latin.
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All prospective students are welcome to arrange to visit the School on undergraduate or postgraduate visiting days .

Research & Postgraduate Study

We have one of the largest communities of researchers and postgraduate students in the UK, working across the full range of Greek and Latin literature, Ancient History, Art & Archaeology and Ancient Philosophy. In the REF 2014 research assessment exercise we were ranked 2nd equal overall among UK Classics departments. Our seminar and conference programmes contribute to a stimulating intellectual environment, that promotes successful postgraduate study and research. The School has a strong social identity and offers excellent working conditions. All postgraduates receive some financial support. A limited number of full and part scholarships are also available.

We are currently recruiting for PhD entry for the 2016-17 academic year. We particularly encourage Home and EU students (eligible for Scottish Graduate School funding) to contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies (Dr Emma Buckley) OR your prospective supervisor as soon as possible.

Our deadline for complete applications is 8 January 2016.

St Andrews ranked 2nd equal for research excellence among UK Classics departments in REF 2014.

St Andrews Classics rated 5th in UK to study Classics by  the Guardian University Guide 2016, the Complete University Guide 2016, and 4th in the UK in the Times Good University Guide 2016

People and their research interests