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Your course
This MA programme provides you with the professional skills required for the study of classical antiquity and the early Middle Ages. Areas of focus follow the research interests of staff, and reflect our thematic focus on fusion and transformation between the cultures and languages of Graeco-Roman antiquity and those of the early Christian world and the Middle Ages, including Ireland.

You will study a language as part of the programme. Latin is offered from beginners' to advanced level. The course combines the study of classical and medieval varieties, with particular reference to Hiberno-Latin. Classical and Christian Greek is also studied, both at beginners' and higher level. Work culminates in a dissertation prepared under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. There is a strong emphasis on the interpretation of visual and material culture alongside texts and languages.

2. Students on the course are closely allied with those on the MA (Medieval Studies) programme, leading to a particularly rich academic interaction in the study of language, cultural history and/ or archaeology, according to the specialist orientation of the student.

3. Opportunities for future research are fostered through ongoing projects and the University's interdisciplinary Centre for Antique, Medieval and Pre- Modern Studies (CAMPS).

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Second Class Honours QQI Level 8 degree or equivalent with Second Class Honours Grade 1 or equivalent in Classics, Classical Civilisation, Medieval Studies, or a related discipline.


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates have found employment in many fields, such as humanities, linguistics, and do museum work, archaeology and cultural work. Classics is recognised as a knowledge base suitable for higher-level work in these areas and a training in key transferable skills.

Further enquiries

Professor Michael Clarke
T: +353 91 495 230

Subjects taught

Modules include: Ancient Languages and Classical Studies I & II, and a dissertation (30 ECTS) of 15,000–20,000 words (maximum) must also be completed.

Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

When To Apply: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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