Research course

Classics

Institution
University of Glasgow · College of Arts
Qualifications
PhDMLitt by researchMPhilMRes

Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.

Research proposal


Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:

  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Your application, including your references and research proposal, will be passed to members of staff whose expertise and research interests most closely match the area of your proposed study.

Months of entry

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

Course content

There are a number of attractions to studying for a postgraduate degree in Classics at Glasgow, from the very well-stocked University Library, to the Hunterian Museum (with its notably fine coin collection), to a major centre in humanities computing.

We offer supervision in a range of subject areas related to the research activities and interests of our academic staff. All members of staff are happy to discuss potential research projects at any time.

We have a dedicated postgraduate study space, which makes available an extensive research collection, now augmented by a bequest from the late Professor Douglas MacDowell. Postgraduates play a full role in the research culture of the subject, with a regular programme of seminars, workshops and reading groups.

Recent topics have included studies of:

  • religion and politics in the Roman Republic
  • the politics of Ostrogothic Italy
  • the modern reception of Greek tragedy
  • Greek medicine
  • masculinity and the classical monster
  • the construction of the hoplite
  • Roman eschatology
  • Greek and Roman numismatics (in conjunction with The Hunterian, our University museum and art gallery)

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

AHRC Doctoral Training Programme Scotland 2018/19

Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.

College of Arts PhD scholarship competition 2018/19

We offer a number of scholarships for students undertaking a doctoral programme in the College of Arts Graduate School. These scholarships will include around four hours per week of internship duties.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
60 months

MLitt by research

full time
24 months
part time
36 months

MPhil

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

MRes

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details