Classics and classical studies

Journey from archaic Greece to the Late Roman Empire, all around the Mediterranean world and beyond.

Classics courses combine the study of Greek and Latin literature and language, immersing students in two kinds of literature 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.

Lecturer working with a class


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

The School of Classics offers PhD and MPhil research programmes and supervises on the following topics:

  • Greek and Latin literature
  • ancient history
  • art and archaeology
  • philosophy
  • reception studies.

To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.    

“What I find most valuable about Classical Studies is the variety of disciplines and ideas that I have the chance to explore: history, social studies, languages and literature studies. There is also plenty of scope for creativity and independent thought in your work. The flexibility of the St Andrews sub- honours structure exposes you to so many new ideas and ways of thinking and working that can enrich your own degree pathway.”

- Lanarkshire, Scotland


First in the UK for classics and ancient history

Guardian University Guide 2020

First in Scotland for classics and ancient history

The Complete University Guide 2020

First in Scotland for research excellence in classics

Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)