Classical studies

Classical studies courses explore all aspects of the Greek and Roman world, including not just literature but also art, architecture, philosophy, religion and responses to the Greeks and Romans from the Renaissance to the modern world.

Because texts are studied in translation for Classical Studies, a greater amount of material can be covered, so that the degree is one of remarkable range and depth. Specialists in Greek, Latin and Ancient History work closely together to provide a course which combines the study of history and literature, Greece and Rome, art and thought. There is no compulsory linguistic element to the course although you do have the option to try some ancient Greek or Latin at beginners level, and pursue the language if you wish.

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.    

“What I find most valuable about Classical Studies is the variety of disciplines and ideas that I have the chance to explore: history, social studies, languages and literature studies. There is also plenty of scope for creativity and independent thought in your work. The flexibility of the St Andrews sub- honours structure exposes you to so many new ideas and ways of thinking and working that can enrich your own degree pathway.”

- Lanarkshire, Scotland


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*

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)