Latin occupies a major place in the history of world culture: Latin is the ancestor of many European languages; world literature still turns to classical writers for inspiration; and much of our knowledge of European history depends upon documents written in Latin. Studying Latin at university confronts students with challenges of language learning and literary analysis. It also gives us a window onto the extraordinary history and culture of ancient Rome and the Roman Empire that extended across most of the Mediterranean world for so many centuries.

Undergraduate courses cover a variety of areas from the Roman Republic through to the late Roman Empire. Students are able to study Latin as an independent discipline, or they can choose a joint degree option and study Latin alongside Greek (as part of a Classics degree), history (ancient and modern), modern languages, English literature, philosophy or social anthropology.


Undergraduate - 2020 entry

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

Joint degree options

The Latin MA (Hons) and the Classics MA (Hons) programmes can be taken 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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Latin 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 Republican period to late antiquity. Recent initiatives include a project entitled Literary Interactions under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian, which examines the nature and impact of Nervan, Trajanic and Hadrianic literature within and across genres.

Careers for graduates in Latin

The ancient world is becoming ever more relevant in the lessons it has to offer. Increasingly economists, politicians and lawmakers are considering past histories and their relevance to future policy and strategy.

Recent graduates who have studied Latin have moved into careers in:

  • applied computing
  • finance
  • industry
  • journalism
  • law
  • museums work
  • 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 Latin-specific opportunities at St Andrews for students to gain work experience:

  • Final-year undergraduate students may obtain experience of teaching in local secondary schools in an assessed module.
  • The School participates in the Laidlaw scholarship programme in research and leadership.
  • In recent years, undergraduate students have participated in a Literacy through Latin project, taking Latin, Classical culture and ancient mythology to primary schools in Fife.

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, 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.

Postgraduate taught 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


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.


School of Classics
University of St Andrews
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St Andrews
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Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2600

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