Research course


University of Edinburgh · School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline and a relevant postgraduate masters degree with a pass of at least 65% in the dissertation and 65% overall, or the international equivalent. English language requirements may also apply.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Classics at Edinburgh now boasts one of the most significant clusters of scholars in the United Kingdom working in all the areas of the discipline:

  • Greek and Latin language, literature and thought
  • Greek and Roman history from Classical Greece to Late Antiquity
  • Greek, Roman, and Byzantine art and archaeology

Major research interests include:

  • Homer and early Greek poetry
  • Greek philosophy
  • Greek drama
  • Hellenistic and Roman poetry
  • Classical Greek and Hellenistic history
  • Ancient Persia
  • the Roman Republic
  • Cicero
  • Roman imperial history
  • Greek literature of the Roman empire
  • late Roman literature and history
  • Christianity in the Roman empire
  • ancient slavery
  • ancient law
  • epigraphy
  • the city of Rome
  • gender in antiquity
  • the reception of Classical antiquity
  • Greek sculpture
  • mythology in art
  • Roman and Byzantine Archaeology

The research culture in Classics centres on the weekly research seminar which welcomes distinguished speakers in all fields of classics, one of the most high-profile and best-attended events of its type in Britain.

Every year we host major international conferences (including the biennial conference on a Greek topic endowed by the Leventis Foundation, which is organised by an eminent visiting professor), as well as a wide range of one-day events.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Office
+44 (0)131 650 3772