Classics, Greek and Latin

The study of classics, Greek and Latin at St Andrews immerses students in works of literature of enormous richness that have provided inspiration for so many areas of later western literature, culture and thought.

Greek courses at St Andrews teaches students to appreciate the history, social values, religion and philosophy of the ancient world. Greek modules cover a variety of areas from the archaic period through to late antiquity.

Latin courses at St Andrews teaches students the language that is the ancestor of many European languages through the study of epic poetry to historiography and letter-writing. Latin modules cover a vast timeline from the pre-classical period to the Middle Ages.

Studying classics combines the study of Greek and Latin literature and language from archaic Greece to the Late Roman Empire, all around the Mediterranean world and beyond.

Lecturer working with a class


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 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)