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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.

Funding for PhD and MLitt in Classics at the University of St Andrews

The School of Classics is opening its second round of selection for those seeking to begin postgraduate study in September 2016 in any area of Classics and Ancient History. We invite applications from Home, EU and Overseas students, and are prepared to offer a small number of fee waivers for the MLitt and fee waivers and/or maintenance grants for the PhD for candidates of exceptional academic merit.

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If you wish to be considered for this funding you must submit a fully complete application by 5pm on Friday 15th April 2016.  

Candidates who have already submitted an application will automatically be considered.
Successful applicants will be contacted in early May.

If you have any queries, please contact Dr Lavan at


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

St Andrews Classics rated 4th in UK to study Classics by  the Complete University Guide 2017, the Times Good University Guide 2016 and 5th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2016.

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