Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.
Months of entry
This programme offers you the opportunity to explore the ancient world from a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective from the Near-East to North-Western Europe. It is based in Classics, with the participation of Archaeology, Egyptology, Celtic and Gaelic, and Theology and Religious Studies.
Why this programme
- The programme makes extensive use of the unique collections in the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Museum as well as collections in other Glasgow museums such as the Burrell Collection and the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre.
- Hands-on sessions in a range of museums and libraries can be tailor-made to suit your interests.
- You will have the opportunity to take up an ancient language (Greek, Latin, Egyptian, Coptic, Hebrew, early Gaelic, Welsh) from scratch, or continue it at advanced level.
The ancient world was both multicultural and highly interconnected, with trade routes running from the Middle East through Greece and Italy to Celtic Britain, with peoples of diverse cultures, faiths, and ethnicities living together in bustling cities such as Athens, Rome, and Alexandria.
- Approaching the Ancient World through Text
- Approaching the Ancient World through Material Culture
Both core courses include handling sessions with ancient objects taking advantage of the unique resources of the University of Glasgow in the shape of the university library, the Hunterian Museum, and the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre.
Optional courses may include
- Languages at all levels: Ancient Greek, Latin, early Gaelic, Welsh, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian (hieroglyphs), Coptic
- Democracy and Government in the Ancient World
- Explorations in the Classical Tradition
- Rituals, Feasts and Festivals – Power, Community and Consumption in the East Mediterranean and the Near East
- Mediterranean Landscapes
- Climate and Civilisation
- Celtic Art
- Jewish Contexts of Early Christianity
- Early Church History and Theology
- Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology
- Courses on Celtic and Viking archaeology
- Courses in Museum Studies
You must take courses from at least two subject areas. The course convener will offer guidance and approve your choices to ensure their feasibility and intellectual cogency.
Please note that you can only study one language at beginner’s level.
You will also complete a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words on a research topic of your choice. Your dissertation will be supervised in individual subjects or jointly between subjects as appropriate.
Our research environment
You will enjoy the use of the excellent postgraduate facilities offered by Classics in Glasgow. There is a dedicated postgraduate study space, which makes available an extensive research collection, now augmented by a bequest from the late Professor Douglas MacDowell.
The subjects, Classics, Archaeology, Celtic and Gaelic, and Theology and Religious Studies, all run a programme of research seminars which provide Ancient Cultures students with a wide range of stimulating events to choose from.
The programme provides excellent technical and linguistic skills for further postgraduate study in any of the subjects involved. It is also well suited for those considering a career in heritage, teaching, archives, or libraries.
Information for international students
IFor applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 7.0
- 2 subtests not lower than 7.0 and no other sub-test lower than 6.5
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 95; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 23
- Listening: 23
- Speaking: 22
- Writing: 24
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185 overall; no sub-test less than 176
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185 overall; no sub-test less than 176
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 68; no sub-test less than 62
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Lisa Hau