Learn the language and literature of ancient Greece, which has profoundly influenced western culture and shaped modern thinking on politics and philosophy. By studying Greek at St Andrews, you will learn to appreciate the history, social values, religion and philosophy of the ancient world.

Greek has been taught at St Andrews since the foundation of the University in the 15th century. Courses cover a variety of areas from the archaic period through to late antiquity.

Students studying Greek


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.    

“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.”

- Glasgow, 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)