Latin MA (Honours) 2022 entry
Knowledge of Latin is the key both to an enormously rich body of literature and to in-depth understanding of a complex and influential culture. The MA (Hons) in Latin will develop your Latin language skills and your literary and cultural analysis skills which are important for understanding complex texts, arguments and problems in our own culture too.
The course will require you to engage with a wide range of texts from classical antiquity. It involves study of the many different genres of ancient Latin literature from epic poetry and elegy to historiography and letter-writing. 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 Latin as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the subjects listed below.
It is also possible to combine a degree in Latin with two modern languages; any combination of Arabic, French, Italian, Persian, Russian, and Spanish is available. All Latin triple degrees are also available 'With Integrated Year Abroad'.
"The lively debates and discussions both inside and outside of class pose both a welcome academic challenge as well as foster a real sense of community. I started Latin and Greek as a beginner and am now confidently studying both at Honours."
Pippa (Glasgow, Scotland)