Greek MA (Honours) 2022 entry
Knowledge of Greek is the key not only to a literature of enormous richness but also to in-depth understanding of a fascinating culture. The MA (Hons) in Greek will develop your Greek language skills and will also develop skills of literary and cultural analysis which are important for understanding complex texts, arguments and problems in our own culture too.
The course involves study of the many different genres of ancient Greek literature, from tragedy and epic to lyric poetry and philosophy, historiography and oratory. You will be required to develop skills of reading and understanding these texts in the original language. In the process you will also gain a broad understanding of ancient social, cultural and political history.
The School of Classics at St Andrews has an international reputation for the diversity of teaching programmes offered. The School has expertise in history and archaeology from the archaic Greek period, through the Roman Republic and Empire, to Late Antiquity, and in Greek and Latin literature from archaic Greece to the Later Roman Empire. The School also has expertise in the reception of classics, that is, the study of later engagements with Greek and Roman culture and history from the Renaissance to the modern day.
The School of Classics was ranked first in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2022 and by the Complete University Guide 2022 for overall student satisfaction and quality of teaching and research.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2021. More than 93% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The School was ranked best in Scotland and second in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) for the quality and impact of its research.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take Greek as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following listed subjects.
It is also possible to combine a degree in Greek with two modern languages. Any combination of French, German, Italian, Persian or Spanish is available. Triple degrees taken with French, German, Italian, Spanish are also available 'With Integrated Year Abroad'.
“Taking Ancient Greek has made my understanding of both the classical world and the foundation of European culture so much better. The language contact time has been fast-paced but very enjoyable. The teaching is of a high quality and the lecturers’ enthusiasm and enjoyment of their subject is infectious!”
Hugh (Berkshire, England)