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Make an application for a postgraduate programme

How we treat applications

  • We do not charge a fee to apply for our our postgraduate programmes.
  • Within the School of Classics, applicants are assessed on their suitability for study within the School. If we intend to offer you a place, we may discuss with you what is the most appropriate programme. There is no need, therefore, to make more than one application to the School of Classics.
  • Places will normally be offered to all applicants who are considered capable of starting and completing the intended programme; there is not normally a competition for places.
  • If you expect to receive helpful results part way through the academic year in which you make your application, it may be worth considering delaying your application until these results are available. Note that we may impose a deadline for funding applications.

What do you need to provide?

All applicants are required to complete an online application form and provide further documentation as follows.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 academic references - it is your responsibility to obtain these and make sure they are submitted.
  • A sample of your written work in English (between 2,500 and 5,000 words)- this should preferably be academic writing in an area relevant to your proposed course of study. (This word count seems to suit our applicants better than the general University requirement, which may be ignored.)
  • A transcript of your University qualifications (with official translation if not in English). You do not need to supply transcripts of modules taken in the University of St Andrews.
  • A covering letter explaining why you wish to study with us.

Applicants for Ph.D. or M.Phil. should include an outline in English (not more than 500 words) of their proposed research topic.

If English is not your first language, you should provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English to meet the University's requirements.

The test result should generally be no more than 2 years old. Students whose recent University degree has been taught in English are normally exempt from the requirement to produce test results.

Where can I access an application form?

  • See How to Apply. Note that procedures for taught and research programmes differ.
  • Apply for PhD and MPhil programmes.
  • Apply for MLitt programmes.
  • You may need a reference form - word version (Word, 51 KB)  or pdf version (PDF, 7 KB)  for manual completion.
  • email
  • Telephone +44 (0) 1334 462135
  • Write to

    Postgraduate Admissions
    St Katherine's West
    The Scores
    St Andrews
    KY16 9AX

All paper applications should be returned to this address.


There is no formal deadline for receipt of applications for postgraduate study, though it it generally advisable to apply sooner rather than later.

The School of Classics invites potential research students to consult individual members of staff about their proposed topic.

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