Study the politics, social and cultural history of the ancient Mediterranean world. Delve into the history of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and learn about their interactions with their neighbours, such as the Persians, Carthaginians and Phoenicians.
Courses at St Andrews will teach you to draw on a wide range of evidence – such as the writings of ancient historians, art and archaeology - to study topics such as:
- ancient urbanism
- gender and the family
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
- 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.
First in the Scotland and third in the UK for classics and ancient history
Guardian University Guide 2023
First in Scotland and fourth in the UK for classics
The Complete University Guide 2023
80% of research activity rated 3* or 4*
Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
School of Classics
The University of St Andrews has been a centre for classical studies since its foundation in 1413, and the School of Classics continues to build on its reputation for both teaching and research.
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