Classics and Classical Studies

The University of St Andrews has been a centre for Classical studies since its foundation in 1413, and the School of Classics continues to build on its reputation for both teaching and research. Classics courses are wide-ranging as students can journey from archaic Greece to the Late Roman Empire, all around the Mediterranean world and beyond.

The study of Classics explores concepts and issues which are fundamental still today. Looking back at ancient political, social and cultural life allows students to consider their modern selves. Classics courses combine the study of Greek and Latin literature and language, immersing students in two literatures of enormous richness that have provided inspiration for so many areas of later western literature, culture and thought.

Classical Studies courses explore all aspects of the Greek and Roman world, including not just literature but also art, architecture, philosophy, religion and responses to the Greeks and Romans from the Renaissance to the modern world.


Undergraduate - 2020 entry

Classics MA (Hons)
Classical Studies MA (Hons)
Classical Studies BA (International Hons)
Greek MA (Hons)
Latin MA (Hons)
Gateway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)
FE-HE Pathway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)
You may also be interested in Ancient History MA (Hons) and Ancient History & Archaeology.

Joint degree options

You can take the ClassicsClassical StudiesGreek and Latin MA (Hons) programmes with another subject as part of a joint degree.

International Foundation programmes - 2020 entry

International Foundation programmes prepare international students for undergraduate study in the UK and at the University of St Andrews in particular.

Social Sciences and Humanities September Foundation
Social Sciences and Humanities January Foundation 

Postgraduate - 2020 entry


Classics MLitt
Classics MPhil


Please contact a supervisor in your research area to inquire about PhD opportunities.

Students may also be interested in the St Andrews and Sapienza joint PhD in Classics for 2019 or 2020-2021 entry.

Student life

Several student societies bring together students within the School of Classics:

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Classics research areas

The Classics research community at St Andrews has come together from all over the world, attracted by the School’s position at the cutting edge in a number of fields, including:

  • Greek and Roman drama
  • Greek and Roman archaeology
  • historiography
  • literature and culture (both Greek and Roman) of the Roman Empire
  • ancient science and philosophy
  • Greek and Roman religion
  • late antique literature and history
  • the reception of Greek and Roman culture from the Renaissance to the present. 

Careers for graduates in Classics and Classical Studies

Courses in Classics and Classical Studies are designed to equip students with a broad range of skills and abilities. Studying Classics at St Andrews can provide:

  • an understanding of different cultures and societies
  • language skills
  • the ability to research, collate and analyse materials.

These abilities and attributes provide students with a desirable mix of specific, practical, intellectual, theoretical and transferable skills. Consequently, there is an excellent choice of potential career opportunities available. 

Many graduates from the School of Classics have begun work in the following areas:

  • academia
  • journalism
  • politics
  • the civil service
  • local government
  • teaching in schools
  • librarianship.

See recent graduate employment case studies.

Work experience is invaluable when it comes to securing graduate-level employment. There are a number of Classics-specific opportunities at St Andrews for students to gain work experience:

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available to prospective undergraduates, taught postgraduates and PhD students. All applicants are sent a link to our funding catalogue, that will enable them to search and apply for relevant funding.


The University of St Andrews offers a range of scholarships for maintenance and fees. Accommodation awards of up to £1,500 per year are available and determined on financial need.

The School of Classics offer bursaries for travel and attendance at language summer schools.

Undergraduate scholarships

Taught postgraduate students

The University of St Andrews offers a range of postgraduate funding opportunities. Accommodation awards of up to £1,500 per year are available and determined on financial need.

All postgraduate students in the School have access to a travel fund for attending conferences.

Taught postgraduate scholarships

PhD students

The School of Classics sets aside funding each year for PhD scholarships to support applications from both the UK and overseas. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and research promise, to cover both fees and stipend.

The School supports suitable eligible applicants for AHRC funding disbursed through the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities.

Accommodation awards of up to £1,500 per year are available and determined on financial need.

All postgraduate students in the School have access to a travel fund for attending conferences.

Funding for PhD students


University league tables

The School of Classics was ranked first in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020 and first in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2020 for overall student satisfaction and quality of teaching and research.

REF 2014

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.


School of Classics
University of St Andrews
Butts Wynd
St Andrews
KY16 9AL

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2600

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