Ancient Classics - Research

Maynooth University

Ancient Classics - Research

The aim of this programme is to provide students with a professional training in academic research in Classics, and to develop their capacity to contribute to international scholarship in the discipline in an original and effective fashion. To this end, the programme seeks to equip students with the necessary skills in research, academic writing, and the ancient languages, along with any other specialist training required for their particular project. Above all, the Department aims to provide the opportunity for students to pursue their own specific research interests, working independently under the supervision of members of staff who will provide detailed guidance, advice, and feedback on the students' work. The primary objective is the production of a contribution to original scholarship in Classics in the form of a thesis. Over the course of the Structured programme students will acquire the habit of independent study and research, along with the capacity to express their ideas effectively and to build upon (and assign due credit to) the research of others. By the end of the programme, they will also have acquired sufficient linguistic and technical competence to enable them to engage at an appropriate level with professional scholars.

The structured MLitt Programme in Classics provides students with a range of modules to support the development of their research project and their future career. There are two types of module: subject-specific, and transferable.

Students will be required to take a minimum of 5 ECTS credits in transferable modules and a minimum of 5 ECTS credits in subject-specific modules from the Departmental/Institutional structured PhD programme. The exact choice of modules will be a matter to be agreed between the student and the Departmental Research Student Progress Committee.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MLitt in Classics are normally expected to have achieved a first-class or high upper-second-class result at the MA level; occasionally an appropriately qualified student may be admitted directly to the MLitt from an undergraduate degree. Except in exceptional circumstances, no applicant will be admitted to the MLitt without a prior knowledge of Greek or Latin at a level deemed appropriate.

Applicants must have a qualification at least equivalent to an upper-second-class pass in the 100-level (introductory) course in Greek or Latin (as appropriate), and the 200-level course in the same language, or equivalent, must be passed before the degree can be awarded.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Application dates

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time.


2 years Full-time, 3 years Part-time

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University teaching and research, schoolteaching, and numerous other professions for which high-level writing and research skills are a desideratum.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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