Taught course


University of Wales Trinity Saint David · School of Classics

Entry requirements

The traditional requirement for entry onto our MA degrees is a 2.1 or 1st class undergraduate degree. In addition, the School encourages students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience to apply. Additionally, for the MA in Classics, applicants are required to have knowledge of either Greek or Latin at advanced level, and it is desirable that they have a good knowledge of both ancient languages.

Classics; Classical Studies.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The MA in Classics offers students the opportunity to concentrate on the ancient Greek and Latin languages at advanced level, as well as the literature of the ancient world. You can continue your study of ancient Greek and Latin through the in-depth study of authors and genres, primarily in the original language, but also in translation. Existing knowledge of either Greek or Latin at advanced level is an entrance requirement for this programme.

Classics have been taught at our Lampeter campus since the opening of St David’s College in 1822 and have been offered via distance study since 2001. The Roderic Bowen Library and Archives, on the same site, has a large collection of Classical literature and there is an on-going programme of digitisation, to make these materials available to students at a distance.

All of our Classics modules are taught by specialists and active researchers, so different author-specific modules are available in every academic year, from Homer to Diodorus Siculus, and from Ovid to Latin epigraphy. The influence of our research on our teaching offers our students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries.

Indicative Modules:

  • Theory and Methodology for the Study of Classics*
  • Dissertation*
  • Myth in Greek and Roman Epic
  • Erotic Poetry in the Ancient World
  • Advanced / Further Advanced / Higher Advanced Greek Verse: Philoctetes
  • Advanced / Further Advanced / Higher Advanced Latin Verse: Claudian De Raptu
  • Advanced / Further Advanced / Higher Advanced Greek Prose: Life of Antony
  • Advanced / Further Advanced / Higher Advanced Latin Prose: Petronius

For full details of the full range of module options, visit the course page on our website.

*Compulsory modules

Online Learning

Whether you study on campus or online via distance learning, you will benefit from expert tuition and have access to many specialist resources in the field of classics. Our learning resource centre provides access to a variety of electronic materials including more than 1000 Classics e-books, 70 online journals and a number of specialised Classics e-resources. You will also have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and have contact with tutors via phone, email and Skype.

Information for international students

Accommodation is available on campus.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months
distance learning
24-50 months


full time
12-18 months
part time
24-30 months
distance learning
12-36 months


distance learning
12-36 months
full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Dr Errietta Bissa