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Classical Studies

This programme is designed to provide graduates with in-depth study of specific topics within the field of Classics, and a set of research skills appropriate to work at this level.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a high 2:2 in the BA degree overall with a 2:1 in Greek and Roman Civilization or equivalent. For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Prepares students to deal with a variety of material, to read analytically and to write and communicate effectively. These are skills that employers across a wide range of professions value highly.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director P
rof David Scourfield
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3692/3316
Fax: +353 (0)1 708 6485
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Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include Philosophy and Kingship in Antiquity; Ancient Cosmology; Popular Culture in Classical Athens; Ancient History: Problems and Methods.


Ancient Classics
Ancient Classics has been taught in Maynooth since the first foundation of a college in the town in 1795. It forms an indispensable background for understanding our European heritage and as such can make us more reflective and independentminded citizens of the world. It equips students with the ability to deal with a variety of material, to read analytically, to think ‘outside the box’, to conduct independent research, and to write and communicate effectively—these are skills that are valued in many fields, including education, journalism, law, politics, publishing, and business.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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