Entry requirements

The minimum requirements for entry to the MLitt in Classics are a first-class or high 2.1 degree or equivalent. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

In reviewing applications for the MLitt, the School of Classics looks especially at:
  • your statement of your plans for the MLitt and for future study or careers
  • your academic background and level of performance (especially in courses relevant to the MLitt, and in any research projects or dissertations that you may have completed)
  • evidence of your ability to complete a high-level MLitt dissertation and of potential to progress to further research degrees (particularly evidenced by your sample of written work)

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Classics is a full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Classics. If you are interested in part-time study, you should contact the School's Director of Postgraduate Teaching by emailing classicsdopgt@st-andrews.ac.uk in the first instance to request approval.

The course embraces the study of all aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman world including Greek and Latin literary culture, ancient history, archaeology, classical philosophy, and the reception of antiquity in later periods.


  • A unique and intensive core course, including training in the use of literary sources and material evidence and exposure to a range of theoretical approaches and key themes in the study of antiquity.
  • Training in practical research and transferable professional skills (e.g. presentation skills, digital humanities, outreach and public engagement).
  • Provides a wide foundation in key debates in the study of antiquity.
  • Offers the opportunity to focus on a wide range of specialist areas, with one-to-one supervision from leading researchers.
  • Allows students to develop their skills in Greek or Latin or to begin ancient languages from scratch, and to develop reading skills in a relevant modern language.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students, regardless of financial circumstances. Find out more about the scholarships and postgraduate loans available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2608