What will I learn?

Ancient History - Ancient History explores the history of Greece and Rome, and neighbouring peoples such as the Persians and Carthaginians. Students study the period from the beginning of Greek writing and urbanism in eighth century BCE through to the collapse of the western Roman empire in the fifth century CE. Geographically the subject is centred on the Mediterranean world, but at times extends from the Persian Gulf to the Clyde and from the Crimea to the Sahara.

Latin - Knowledge of Latin is the key both to an enormously rich body of literature and to in-depth understanding of a complex and influential culture. The MA (Hons) in Latin will develop your Latin language skills. It will also develop skills of literary and cultural analysis which are important for understanding of complex texts, arguments and problems in our own culture too. The course will require you to engage in depth with a wide range of texts from classical antiquity. It involves study of the many different genres of ancient Latin literature from epic poetry and elegy to historiography and letter-writing. You will be required to develop skills of reading and understanding these texts in the original language. In the process you will also gain a broad understanding of ancient social, cultural and political history.

Which department am I in?

Ancient History

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£25,100.00 (25,91,532) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

5 September 2022


Main Site

16 St Katharine's West,

St Andrews,

KY16 9AX, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

We look for grades of A or B in honours level courses on your high school record, or three AP subjects with scores of 4+, or SAT Subject tests with minimum scores of 650+. bCompetitive applicants will have taken: a rigorous curriculum at high school, which should include a college preparatory curriculum grades of A or B in honours level courses on your high school record (or equivalent), or Advanced Placement (AP) classes (or equivalent), or SAT Subject tests with minimum scores of 650+. Many of our courses require you to have a particular background in the subject(s). This is known as ‘pre-requisite’ knowledge. Pre-requisite qualifications, if required, will be listed on our subject pages. Examples of pre-requisite knowledge requirements are: Evidence of top grades across honours classes taken in the required subject, including the most challenging options in the school curriculum. For example, “Honors English IV – Literature” (or equivalent) for entry to study English AP scores of 5 on subject tests. For example, “AP Calculus BC” (or equivalent) for entry to study Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science programmes. SAT Subject Test scores of 700+. For example, “SAT Subject Test French” (or equivalent) for entry to study French. Academic IELTS Overall score required: 5.5. Component scores required: Listening: 5.0; Reading: 5.0; Writing: 5.0; Speaking: 5.0.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.