Classics

Classics

There are a number of attractions to studying for a postgraduate degree in Classics at Glasgow, from the very well-stocked University Library, to the Hunterian Museum (with its notably fine coin collection), to a major centre in humanities computing.

Overview

We offer supervision in a range of subject areas related to the research activities and interests of our academic staff. Staff members would be delighted to supervise in any of the areas set out below, or any others where they have research interests. Please do not hesitate to contact members of staff to discuss potential research projects.

We have a dedicated postgraduate study space, which makes available an extensive research collection, now augmented by a bequest from the late Professor Douglas MacDowell. Postgraduates play a full role in the research culture of the subject, with a regular programme of seminars, workshops and reading groups.

Recent topics have included studies of:

  • religion and politics in the Roman Republic
  • the politics of Ostrogothic Italy
  • the modern reception of Greek tragedy
  • Greek medicine
  • masculinity and the classical monster
  • the construction of the hoplite
  • Roman eschatology
  • Greek and Roman numismatics (in conjunction with The Hunterian, our University museum and art gallery).

Study options

PhD

Duration: 3 years full-time / 5 years part-time

A Doctor of Philosophy may be awarded to a student whose thesis is an original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in, or understanding of, a field of study and normally containing material worthy of publication.

Thesis Length:70,000-100,000 words, including references, bibliography and appendices (other than documentary appendices).

MLitt (Research)

Duration: 2 years full-time / 3 years part-time

Our Degree of Master of Letters (Research) requires you to undertake a postgraduate course of special study and research that represents a distinct contribution to knowledge.

Thesis length: 40,000-70,000 words (including references, bibliography and appendices)

MPhil (Research)

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2years part-time

A Master of Philosophy (Research)requires you to undertake a postgraduate course of special study and research that represents a distinct contribution to knowledge.

Thesis length: 30,000-40,000 words (including references and bibliography)

MRes (Master of Research)

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time

Our MRes includes both taught and research elements.  You will be required to undertake 60 to 90 credits worth of taught courses as well as independent study which represents some contribution to knowledge.

Thesis length: 18,000-30,000 words (including references, bibliography and appendices)

Supervisors

All Postgraduate Research Students are allocated a supervisor who will act as the main source of academic support and research mentoring.You may want to identify a potential supervisor and contact them to discuss your research proposal before you apply.

Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:

  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Your application, including your references and research proposal, will be passed to members of staff whose expertise and research interests most closely match the area of your proposed study.

English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.

Fees and funding

Fees

2016/17

  • £4,121 UK/EU
  • £15,250 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Submission by a research student £440
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £890
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £140
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £250
  • General Council fee £50
  • Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

2017/18

  • £4,195 UK/EU*
  • £16,000 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

* We expect that tuition fees for EU students entering in 2017 will continue to be set at the same level as that for UK students.  However, future funding arrangements for EU students will be determined as part of the UK’s discussions on its future relationship.  If you are thinking of applying for 2017 entry, we would encourage you to do so in the usual way. For further information, please see the Research Councils UK statement on international collaboration and Universities UK Brexit FAQs for universities and students.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Submission by a research student £460
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £260
  • General Council fee £50
  • Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding

AHRC Doctoral Training Programme Scotland 2017/18

Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.

College of Arts PhD scholarship competition 2017/18

We offer a number of scholarships for students undertaking a doctoral programme in the College of Arts Graduate School. These scholarships will include around four hours per week of internship duties.

How to apply

Please follow our 5 step application process

Support

Our College of Arts Graduate School creates a productive and interdisciplinary collegiate environment for all of our research students. We offer a range of services, courses and skills development opportunities for research students.

The College of Arts is home to a vibrant and diverse community of students enrolled on taught masters and research programmes within a stimulating intellectual and cultural environment. Across every school and subject area the college is home to world-leading and agenda-setting research.

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You will also be part of the wider Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, the world's first national graduate school in the Arts & Humanities. Membership includes 16 Scottish universities, four art schools & the national conservatoire, with support from the arts, culture, creative & heritage sectors. 

Resources and facilities

Teaching and research in the Arts and Humanities is also supported by the outstanding resources of our University Library with its special collections and the on-campus¬†Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery. Our close links and partnerships with Glasgow Life, and the city’s many museums, art galleries, performing arts and music venues, international festivals and creative industry organisations make the University of Glasgow the ideal place for postgraduate study of the arts.

Student testimonial

Christopher Burden-Strevens, Glasgow alumnus 2016

I studied Classics at Glasgow for seven years: first as an undergraduate, and then as a doctoral candidate. Without a doubt, they were the fullest and most rewarding years of my life: not only because of my own interest in the subject and the top-drawer resources provided to cultivate that interest (including a library with two million books!), but also because of the truly nurturing and warm character of the Classics department.

By far the highest point in my Ph.D. was my work as a graduate teaching assistant, in which capacity I usually spent about three or four hours a week in the classroom; just enough to keep me on the ball and keep my routine structured, but not so much as to be overwhelming. It was fantastic: when classes were voluble and well-prepared, I left the seminars buzzing and have formed some genuinely fun and fulfilling friendships with some of my former students. The way in which Classics at Glasgow makes teaching an integral part of the Ph.D. programme – unless one really doesn’t want to do it – is really distinctive to Glasgow and encouraged me to do things of which I never would have believed myself capable. Standing at the front of a lecture theatre for the first time and speaking for an hour about Plato, with a video recorder and fifty students watching you, is absolutely terrifying, but truly thrilling and rewarding.

As such, the Ph.D. programme Classics at Glasgow has helped me to grow unrecognisably in confidence and self-awareness. Recently, I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to put this new-found self-confidence to good use: having finished my doctorate, I now work as an editorial assistant on a research project within the university, and in September I’ll be taking up a post as Lecturer in Roman history at Durham. I am absolutely convinced that this would have been impossible without the opportunities and experience offered to me in Classics at Glasgow and without the close networks of support and advice created by my colleagues and research supervisors. The only thing I really dislike about Classics at Glasgow is the fact that I have to leave!

Current PhD Students

  • Francesco Grillo - Hero of Alexandria and his Theatrical Automata
  • Ianto Jocks - The Compositiones Medicamentorum of Scribonius Largus - Context,  Translation, Commentary, and Reception
  • Joel Leslie - Valentinian, His Sons and Decline in the West (364-392)
  • James McDonald - Augustine and Apuleius: The Christianisation of Pagan Values
  • Moore Gardner - Reverse Reception: Inferring Christian undertones in Virgil's Aeneid through readings of Paradise Lost and Beowulf
  • Sarah Wolstencroft - The Reception of Lucilius in Horace’s Satires