This is a two-year programme, designed to provide graduates with in-depth study in Classics and with the skills necessary for carrying out research in the field. The study of ancient Greek or Latin is compulsory in the first year, and may be continued in the second; prior knowledge of the language is not required.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 in the BA degree overall with a good 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.


2 years full-time

Careers or further progression

Prepares students to study for a PhD, a necessary qualification for an academic career. In addition, employers across a wide range of professions value highly the wide range of intellectual abilities which an MA in Classics develops.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director
Professor 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 Introductory Latin and Greek; Philosophy and Kingship in Antiquity; Ancient Cosmology; Popular Culture in Classical Athens; Literature and Learning in the Second Century AD: Apuleius and his Contemporaries.


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.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

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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