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Classics, MPhil, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) ,
The Cassics degree at The University of Edinburgh is one of the most significant clusters of scholars in the UK, working in all areas of the discipline: Greek and Latin language, literature and thought, Greek and Roman history from classical Greece to late antiquity, and Greek, Roman, and Byzantine literature and history.

About

Our research culture centres on the weekly research seminar which welcomes distinguished speakers in all fields of classics, one of the most high-profile and best-attended events of its type in the UK. Every year we host major international conferences (including the biennial conference on a Greek topic endowed by the Leventis Foundation, which is organised by an eminent visiting professor), as well as a wide range of one-day events.

You will be assigned two supervisors who will provide expert academic guidance on your chosen research topic. You will meet regularly to discuss your progress and research plans, as well as drafts of your thesis/dissertation chapters, conference papers and potential articles.

In addition to individual supervision, all our PhD students pursue an individually tailored programme of research and professional skills training agreed with their supervisors.

Career

Our PhD students develop a highly valued set of research and professional skills which enable them to go on to a wide variety of careers.

Many of our PhD students wish to pursue an academic career, and we have an excellent record of helping our students obtain research and teaching posts in universities in the UK and overseas.

PhD students also develop a portfolio of skills which are highly desirable across a wide range of sectors, from museums and heritage to the civil service, banking and the law.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description
      PhD - 3 years
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description
      PhD - 3 years
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Major research interests include: 
  • Homer and early Greek poetry; 
  • Greek philosophy; 
  • Greek drama; 
  • Hellenistic and Roman poetry; 
  • classical Greek and Hellenistic history; 
  • ancient Persia, the Roman republic; 
  • Cicero; 
  • Roman imperial history; 
  • Greek literature of the Roman empire; 
  • late Roman literature and history; 
  • Christianity in the Roman empire; 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline and a relevant masters degree with an overall mark of at least 65%, or US GPA 3.4 or other international equivalent.
  • We may also consider your application if you have relevant professional experience; please check with your potential supervisor before you apply.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19000 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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MPhil part-time fees

  • Overseas: £9,500

PhD full-time fees

  • Overseas: £19,000

PhD part-time fees

  • Overseas: £9,500

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • School of History, Classics & Archaeology Doctoral Awards
  • Research scholarships for international students
  • Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships

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