Open a window onto the extraordinary history and culture of ancient Rome and the Roman Empire. Learn the language that is the ancestor of many European languages. Delve into the classical texts that have shaped world literature and European history.

At St Andrews, you will not only develop language skills, but also examine a wide range of literary genres from epic poetry to historiography and letter-writing. Courses and modules cover a vast timeline from the pre-classical period to the Middle Ages.

Latin class at St Andrews


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)