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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


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


Science and Empire in the Roman World

The LOGOS centre directed a three-year research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, on the relationship between scientific enterprise and imperialism during the Roman Empire.


Research podcasts

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

Postgraduate Study at St Andrews

Welcome to the School of Classics at St Andrews, a centre of world-class research in Greek and Latin Literature, Ancient History, Art, Archaeology, Ancient Philosophy and Classical Reception. We are always looking for motivated graduates to join our research community, either to undertake the PhD (3 years), or to take the 1 year taught/research MLitt which may be taken as preparation for the PhD or as a stand-alone post BA qualification. 

Why St Andrews?

St Andrews is one of the largest Classics departments in the UK. In REF2014 we were ranked 2nd equal in the UK for overall research excellence, 4th equal for research environment (assessed among other things on the vitality of our postgraduate community), and top in Scotland. In addition to our regular research seminar series, the School welcomes a ‘Distinguished Visiting Scholar’ each year, hosts international conferences, and collaborates with international partners on major research projects.

Current concentrations of expertise include:

  • Classical and imperial period Greek literature.
  • Platonic and post-classical philosophy.
  • The archaeology of Rome and the Roman provinces.
  • Roman Imperial literature and history.
  • Late antiquity
  • Renaissance and later engagement with the Classics.

Other areas of classical research are strongly represented by individual colleagues. To have such a range and depth of expertise in the School of Classics itself generates an interactive and supportive research culture, with formal and informal exchange taking place on a daily basis. The collaborative working environment of the School – involving staff, post-doctoral researchers and postgraduates alike – has resulted not just in several major collaborative projects (in material culture, projects on Trajan’s column, the reconstruction of Church space, and sacred animals/monsters; in literature, Late Hellenistic Literature and the Second Sophistic; Latin Panegyric; Literary Interactions under Nerva/Trajan/Hadrian; Science and Empire in the Roman world), but also in the establishment of the Centre for the Literatures of the Roman Empire, the Centre for Landscape Studies, the Centre for Late Antique Studies and the Centre for the Public Understanding of Greek and Roman Drama which act as focal points for this combined expertise.

We welcome applications from potential PhD or MLitt. students keen to work in any area of the School’s research projects.

Our staff all have specialist areas of research expertise, but we also welcome applications from students interested in inter-disciplinary projects, and are currently or have recently supervised doctoral projects jointly with the School of Philosophy, the Faculty of Divinity, and the School of Modern Languages. 

Find the right research supervisor, sample our research, and explore our current major projects and events.

Our postgraduate community

Our postgraduate students are an essential part of our scholarly community. Our research students have dedicated 24 hour office space within the School, an annual research allowance, and run their own research and professional development seminar. St Andrews postgraduates organised the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature (AMPAL) in 2014, and hosted StAGE, the Scottish Classics Postgraduate Conference in 2015. Our graduates also have the opportunity to gain teaching experience, and the School runs its own language-training programme for those who wish to teach Greek and Latin. Significant numbers of our recent graduates have gone on to academic jobs – view the profiles of some of our recent graduates – but we aim to prepare our research students equally well for life after the PhD, either in academia or outside of it. We also welcome visiting postgraduates and encourage our own students to take opportunities to conduct fieldwork, research or other specialist study abroad. Meet our current students and visit St Leonard’s College – the “home” of all St Andrews postgraduates – here.  

Learn about fees and funding opportunities and apply for a place.

The next Postgraduate Visiting Day is on Wednesday 13 November 2019.

St Andrews is one of the top 50 universities in the world for research and teaching in the Arts and Humanities and among the top 20 for International Outlook, according to the Times Higher World University Rankings 2014/15

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

Semester dates 

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

Postgraduate enquiries

Postgraduate Prospectus

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