Masters in Classics

The study of the languages, culture, history and literature of the societies of the ancient world, classics is an extremely varied and interdisciplinary discipline. You will cover several areas, including the arts, social science, philosophy and physical science. Although course content will be different at each institution, classics degrees usually encompass a mixture of Ancient Greece, Latin, Ancient History, Archaeology, Philosophy, and Roman studies.

About Classics


The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by your level of study. At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Arts (MA), or a Master of Research (MRes). Further study will award research degrees such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.


Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.

Typical Annual Tuition Fees

  • Postgraduate - £9,750

Topics Covered


When studying a postgraduate degree, such as an MA, you will build on the knowledge gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will cover the more complex and specialist areas of the subject. You will cover the traditional classics subjects, as well as exploring the more contemporary concepts. Modules and specialisms might include the Greek language, Latin language, Ancient Greek archaeology, and ancient philosophy. Assessment methods could include written work, group projects, presentations, and a final major research project.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for a degree in Classics will depend on where you choose to study. They will also be influenced by the level for which you are applying. For a postgraduate degree, you will be required to have an undergraduate degree in Classics, Ancient History, or a closely related subject.

Typical Entry Requirements


  • Degree Requirements - 2:1 or higher
  • Required/Desired Subjects - Classics, Classical Studies, History, Ancient History, Philosophy
  • Other Entry Requirements - for a postgraduate degree, you will be required to have some experience in reading and understanding Greek and Latin texts.