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How to Apply for a Place

The School of Classics is always looking for motivated and bright postgraduate students, and we do not charge a fee to apply for our taught or research postgraduate programmes.

We do not impose deadlines for applications, but many funding and scholarship awarding bodies do set cut-off dates: visit Fees and Funding Opportunities for more information.

Advice for prospective MLitt students

We recommend that you first visit our Taught Programmes: The MLitt page, where you can find details of what the programme contains. If you have questions about language study, study abroad, or other course content, you may email the Postgraduate Secretary. For further general information about facilities and the university browse the St Andrews postgraduate prospectus. 

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.

When you are ready to apply for the MLitt, visit the Postgraduate Applications webpage for a step-by-step guide to the application process.

Advice for prospective PhD/MPhil students

We recommend that you first visit our Research Programmes: The PhD and MPhil page. There you can find the most suitable member of staff to nominate as your supervisor. Members of staff are also happy to hear from you before you make your application, and if you are not sure who the right supervisor might be for you, you may email the Director of Postgraduate Studies. For further general information about facilities and the university browse the St Andrews postgraduate prospectus.

 Once you have found the right supervisor, visit the Postgraduate Applications webpage for a step-by-step guide to applying for the PhD.

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 - you should first obtain the referee's consent. You will be asked to name your referees during the application process, and emails will then be sent off automatically requesting references.
  • 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.
  • 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 personal statement explaining why you wish to study with us, what your academic interests are, and what skills you would bring.

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. Postgraduate entrants to the School of Classics must achieve an overall score of at least 7 in IELTS, with a minimum of 7 in the writing component. 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.

The next Postgraduate Visiting Day is on Wednesday 14 November 2018.

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.

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