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St Andrews has a distinguished record of research in Classical subjects, reaching back through the centuries. Today, our academic staff conduct and supervise research across:

  • Greek and Latin literature
  • Ancient History
  • Art & Archaeology
  • Philosophy
  • Reception Studies

The School is proud of its publication record across all areas of research, recognised in the results of REF2014, where we were ranked 2nd equal in the UK for research excellence. Our hundreds of research publications include monographs with world-leading academic presses, peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters in edited collections, field reports, conference proceedings and contributions to major works of reference. Wider recognition of our staff's research expertise results in regular invitations to present papers and lectures at other institutions, in the UK, Europe and beyond.

The focal point for formal research exchange within the School is the Research Seminar. This seminar brings established and rising research talents from all over the world to the School of Classics, as well as local staff and postgraduates. The seminar is open to everyone.

The School's busy conference programme includes workshops, day colloquia and larger scale events, all usually hosted within Swallowgate itself. Our annual Distinguished Visiting Scholar programme has brought some of the world's leading classicists to St Andrews for research and collaboration.

The School has four research centres:the Centre for the Literatures of the Roman Empire, launched in 2014, draws together a cluster of research collaborations in both Greek and Latin, prose and verse; the Centre for Late Antique Studies, launched in 2015, provides a hub for the school's busy activity in the history and literature of the period; the Centre for Landscape Studies, launched in 2016, brings together researchers interested in the written and physical landscapes of the classical world; and the Centre for the public understanding of Greek and Roman Drama, launched in 2018. Each centre now hosts an Annual Lecture, delivered by a world-leading authority in the field. 

St Andrews is also a leading centre for the study of Ancient Philosophy, with strong collaboration between Classics and Philosophy

These and other projects within the School (both individual and collaborative) have an enviable record of recent success in securing external funding, from (among others) the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Such awards have funded PhD studentships, postdoctoral appointments, conferences, archaeological fieldwork, and replacement teaching costs to allow the completion of major publications. The School is also committed to public engagement with its research and to exploring ways in which its research can be used to benefit schools, the heritage and museum sector and beyond.

Our recruitment and supervision of excellent PhD students is central to our research environment. We have a lively community of postgraduate students, fully integrated into the School's research activities. They hold weekly research seminars to discuss their current work and contribute to STAGE, a nationwide network of postgraduate research in Classics.

If you are interested in any of the School's research, especially as a prospective postgraduate or postdoctoral researcher, or with an interest in collaborative projects, please contact the relevant member of staff. Email addresses can be found on the staff homepage, along with links to our research interests, projects, publications and research-degree supervision expertise.

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

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