MA Classics
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA in Classics is suitable for graduates with a degree in Classics or related disciplines who want to acquire a deeper understanding of the ancient world. It offers small-group teaching and individual supervision by internationally respected specialists, and it will enable you both to deepen your understanding of the ancient world and to develop transferable skills in research, group discussion, oral presentation, and academic writing.

The UCD School of Classics is a lively community which organises a wide range of events; for instance, we host regular lectures by visiting scholars from Ireland and abroad, mentor conferences organised by graduate students and hold practical workshops in the Classical Museum.

- Small-group teaching by specialists in the area

- Intensive student participation

- The only Irish university with a Classical Museum. It is also the largest collection of Greek and Roman antiquities on display in Ireland

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Vision and Values Statement
This programme is aimed at students who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of ancient Greece and Rome. It is both a development of undergraduate study and a preparation for further research. Students learn how to research the subject, think critically about it, and present their work both orally and in writing. Students have the opportunity to take a beginners' course in Greek or Latin, or to study the languages at a more advanced level. Teaching is in small seminars, and requires intensive student participation. Students are offered training in research skills (e.g. use of online resources, critical evaluation, and oral presentation). Independent study is fundamental, and the programme offers the opportunity to complete a substantial piece of research on a topic of the student's own choice.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Research Skills IGRC40130
Research Skills IIGRC40140
Thesis GRC40350

Stage 1 - Option
Warfare and Society in the Ancient World GRC40010
Advanced Language I GRC40100
Advanced Language II GRC40110
Greek Tragedy in Ireland GRC40160
The Epic Tradition GRC40190
Advanced Language III GRC40260
Advanced Language IV GRC40270
Making History in Antiquity GRC40320
Greek Language I GRK10090
Greek Language II GRK10100
Beginners' Latin I LAT10090
Beginners' Latin II LAT10100

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for graduates with degrees in classics or related subjects including English, History, or Archaeology. An upper second class honours degree (NFQ Level 8), or the international equivalent is required.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MA Classics FT (Z044)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MA Classics PT (Z105)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




Z044: 1 year full-time or Z105: 2 years part-time.


MA Classics (Z044) Full Time
EU fee per year - €7055
nonEU fee per year - €19200

MA Classics (Z105) Part Time
EU fee per year - €4235
nonEU fee per year - €9600

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Our graduates progress to a wide range of interesting careers.

Many of our alumni work in international business, foreign affairs and Dublin's vibrant tech sector, where a background in the humanities is particularly valued. Other graduates work in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including education, the media, NGOs and the Arts. For students who are inspired to continue their study of Classics, the MA is ideal preparation for further PhD research.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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