University of Edinburgh

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Classics (Taught MSc)


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Classics (Taught MSc)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme gives you the chance to develop your interest in Classics across the entire discipline. You’ll have the opportunity to study specific periods and regions of classical civilisation, analyse the literary significance of texts, and develop your language skills in Greek and Latin.

Drawing on the diverse interests of our academic staff, the programme content is highly flexible, allowing you to choose a specialised path or a more interdisciplinary approach.

We’ll also provide you with opportunities to hear from distinguished speakers in the weekly classics research seminar series and to share your research with your peers at the Classics graduate seminar. And besides this, you would be studying in Edinburgh, the Athens of the North, a stunningly beautiful city with a worldwide reputation as a cultural and academic capital!


The modular structure of the programme allows you to concentrate on areas of particular interest while still providing breadth of coverage.

There is one required training course in classical research methods and skills that runs across the two teaching semesters. This course is specially designed for classicists and aims to introduce you to areas of the discipline beyond your own specialities and to help you with the practical skills of finding and presenting information; it also equips you with the independent skills you need to complete your dissertation.

In addition, you will choose five courses from a list of options. These enable you to work with increasing independence on advanced scholarship and prepare you for the final stage of the Masters, the dissertation.


Designed to appeal to a broad range of students, this degree can form the stepping stone to many career options, such as further academic research, museum and art curation, literary translation or analysis, education or public heritage.

You’ll also have a toolkit of transferable skills in organisation, research and analysis that will be highly prized in any field of work.


Our reputation for excellence - The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is one of the great world centres for the study of the human past. We’re a world top 25 university (QS World University Ranking 2018) and ranked fifth in the UK for the combined quality and size of our Classics research (REF 2014).

Our diverse and welcoming community - In the School of History, Classics & Archaeology, our graduate community of over 300 students is international, making the School the ideal environment in which to share ideas, collaborate on research, gain new perspectives and meet like-minded individuals. We have an active academic and social life involving regular workshops, seminars, conferences and symposia across all three subject areas, as well as many informal gatherings and events.

Our historic city - Edinburgh offers a historical heart with a thriving, modern culture and is consistently voted the most desirable place to live in Britain. Based in the Old Town in a splendid historical building, our School is a thriving, vibrant hub of intellectual and cultural life.


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Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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