About the School of Classics

The University of St Andrews has been a centre for classical studies since its foundation in 1413, and the School of Classics continues to build on its reputation for both teaching and research. 

Underpinning the mission and activities of the School, the School of Classics Strategic Plan 2020-2026 (PDF) outlines School aspirations, aims and commitment to world leading and inclusive teaching and research.


The School of Classics has 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 and archaeology, and ancient philosophy.

In the REF 2014 research assessment exercise, it was ranked second equal overall among UK Classics departments. The School's seminar and conference programmes contribute to a stimulating intellectual environment, which promotes successful postgraduate study and research.

The School has a strong social identity and offers excellent working conditions. It offers a limited number of full and partial scholarships to postgraduate students.


The School of Classics offers undergraduate degrees in six different subject areas, and it is recognised for its high-quality research-led teaching. It welcomes applications from prospective research or prospective taught postgraduate students keen to work in any area of the School’s research.

Students studying in the School benefit from small class sizes with an average student-staff ratio of 11:3, and they receive regular feedback from staff. Postgraduates and undergraduates alike are welcomed at the School's events, including the seminar series.  


The School, overlooking the sea, is located in the linked buildings of Swallowgate and Craigard on the edge of the town centre and close to the University Library. The buildings also house the Classics Library, lecture and seminar rooms, and a computing classroom. Lectures and classes are typically held either in the School or in buildings close by.