What will I learn?

The School of Classics is a centre of world-class research in Greek and Latin literature, ancient history, art, archaeology, ancient philosophy and classical reception.

Research students have dedicated 24-hour office space in the School, and an annual research allowance. They are an essential part of the School's wider scholarly community, taking part in the School's own research seminars, regular lectures and workshops. They hold weekly postgraduate seminars to discuss their current work, and contribute to STAGE, a nationwide network of postgraduate research in Classics.

PhD (Doctorate), normally of three years duration leading to a thesis of no more than 80,000 words and an oral examination.

Many of the School's graduates are now working as professional scholars all over the world:

  • Europe: the University of Warwick, University College London, Georg-August University (Göttingen), the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna), and the Open University of Cyprus.
  • North America: the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Pennsylvania State University, Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) and Ohio State University.
  • Asia: Bilkent University (Turkey) and Prince Sultan University (Saudi Arabia).
  • Australasia: the University of Auckland.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£19,360.00 (US$ 26,240) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

5 September 2022


University of St Andrews

College Gate,

St Andrews,

KY16 9AJ, Scotland

Entry requirements

For international students

Postgraduate candidates will be expected to obtain a good first degree with Honours (at least 2.1) from a recognised UK university or equivalent. IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Minimum component scores (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) and 7.0 minimum overall score; TOEFL IBT: 94 minimum overall score with Listening: 12; Reading: 13; Writing: 27; Speaking: 18.

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


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