The literature of ancient Greece has profoundly influenced later western culture. It has shaped modern thinking on politics and philosophy. It has provided models for all the major genres of modern literature, in both verse and prose, including epic, comedy, tragedy and the novel. At the same time, ancient Greek literature is in some ways alien to modern experience: to understand it we need to understand the culture that produced it. The study of Greek thus confronts students not just with the challenge of learning the language and producing literary analyses, but also involves them in learning about the history, social values, religion and philosophy of the ancient world more broadly.

Greek has been taught at St Andrews since the foundation of the University in the 15th century. Courses cover a variety of areas from a period of more than 1,000 years, from the archaic period through to late antiquity. At undergraduate level, students can study Greek as an independent discipline or as a joint degree option, studying Greek alongside Latin (as part of a Classics degree), history (ancient and modern), modern languages, English literature, philosophy or social anthropology.


Undergraduate - 2020 entry

Greek MA (Hons)
Classical Studies (Greek and Latin pathway) BA (International Hons) 
Classics MA (Hons)
Gateway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)
FE-HE Pathway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)

Joint degree options

You can take both Greek MA (Hons) and Classics MA (Hons) with another subject as part of a joint degree.

Postgraduate - 2020 entry


Classics MLitt
Classics MPhil


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

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Greek research areas

The School of Classics has an outstanding record of research in many different fields. Current areas of particular strength include:

  • Greek and Roman drama
  • historiography
  • literature and culture of the Roman Empire
  • ancient science and philosophy
  • late antique literature
  • history and archaeology.

The Centre for the Literatures of the Roman Empire at St Andrews is a major centre for the study of Roman imperial literature and cultural history, from the late Hellenistic period to late antiquity. Several of the Centre’s recent research projects have involved staff working on the Greek literature of the Roman Empire:

Careers for graduates in Greek

Greek graduates have entry to a wide range of careers and positions as their intellectual flexibility and rigour makes them highly sought after by employers.

Graduate destinations include:

  • financial services
  • law
  • marketing
  • management
  • civil and armed services
  • journalism
  • museums
  • galleries
  • libraries
  • teaching.

See recent graduate employment case studies.

Work experience

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

Funding opportunities

A range of funding opportunities is available to prospective undergraduates, taught postgraduates and PhD students. All applicants are sent a link to the funding catalogue, which 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 postgraduates

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.

The School supports suitable applicants for a variety of University administered scholarships, such as the Ewan and Christine Brown scholarship, which is worth £15,000 per year.

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


REF 2014

‌The School of Classics was ranked second in the UK and first in Scotland in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. 92% of the School's research was rated world leading and internationally excellent.

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.


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

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2600

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