Latin (PGDip/MLitt) 2016 entry

The MLitt in Latin offers students the opportunity to study Latin language and literature in depth and also to acquire the research training that will enable them to undertake independent research. On completion, you will have a better understanding of a wide range of Classical disciplines and you will also have undertaken detailed research into subjects of your choice. Teaching is in small groups.

Course type

Postgraduate; leading to a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or a Master of Letters (MLitt)

Course duration

Nine months full time (PGDip); one year full time (MLitt)

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in Latin. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

Tuition fees

UK and EU: £6,800
Overseas: £16,250

Application deadline

Application requirements

  • CV
  • letter of intent explaining why you wish to study at St Andrews
  • sample of academic written work (2,500 to 5,000 words)
  • two original signed academic references
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • English language requirements certificate, if applicable.

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.

Course information

Course highlights

  • The programme has flexibility to cater for different study interests and needs of individual students.
  • Students will have individual support from an assigned tutor.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Latin is a full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Classics and is designed for students who have studied Latin to Honours undergraduate degree level and wish to pursue their study of the language further.

Students take one compulsory module over two semesters and two thematic optional modules, one each semester. A year-long language course in beginners or intermediate Greek may be substituted for one thematic option.

The compulsory module, Themes and Methods in Classics, is delivered through seminars and directed reading in classes of 10 to 20 students, and is assessed by written coursework and an oral presentation.

For each optional module, students will attend regular tutorials with an expert in the field who provides overall direction and guidance; tutorials include groups of no more than five students. Assessment is by written coursework.

The language track modules are taught in classes of up to 25 students with instruction and exercises; each semester includes four class tests and a final exam.

Over the course of the year, with particular focus during the summer months, you will devise a research project culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation. Students will be assigned an individual member of staff who will supervise the dissertation research and writing process.

The School of Classics provides postgraduates with a supportive intellectual environment, including all hours access to the School's own library.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.


Students will take one compulsory module, and two thematic optional modules.

For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue.

Compulsory module

There is one compulsory module for this course. It is taught via seminars each week, for which there is directed reading. Assessment is by written coursework and an oral presentation.

  • Themes and Methods in Classics: provides an introduction to research methods, covering a range of topics, methodologies and skills essential to research in the relevant field.

Optional modules

Students choose two optional modules. You must take at least one Latin module. The remaining other modules may be taken from the Latin modules, from other MLitt taught modules offered in the School of Classics, or modules offered by other schools (with permission from the relevant Head of School).

The optional modules each have five fortnightly tutorials. Tutorials will be tailored to the interests of the students and their choices of research topics. Assessment is by one or two pieces of written work; there is no exam.

Each optional module requires a minimum enrolment before it is delivered. All students with offers of places will be invited to rank their choices.

  • Late Imperial Literature: an introduction to later Latin literature through a study of some of its central texts, chosen in consultation between student and supervisor.
  • Latin Didactic Poetry: examines the development of one of the major genres of Classical Latin poetry during the late Republic and early empire, with due consideration of the Hellenistic and archaic Greek background.
  • Literature in the Reign of Nero: studies literature written during the reign of the emperor Nero (54-68 CE), when there was a renaissance in Latin writing that produced philosophical and other writings of the younger Seneca, the satires of Persius, the epic of Lucan, and the novel of Petronius.
  • Latin Literary Interactivity: looks at the ways in which the study of intertextuality has changed perceptions of individual texts, whole genres and Latin literary culture generally.


Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by Friday 17 August 2017.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.

Conferences and events

The School of Classics hosts a programme of weekly research seminars which allows students to keep in touch with the latest ideas in the field. In addition, a number of conferences and workshops are held annually by guest lecturers, associations and societies.

The postgraduate community also runs in informal seminar series where students can get together, share their work in progress and practice presenting papers in a friendly environment.


St Andrews graduates who have graduated during the last three years are eligible for a Recent Graduate Discount, which offers a 10% discount on tuition fees.

Find out more about postgraduate scholarships. 

After the MLitt

MPhil degree

The two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option in Ancient History is identical to the MLitt degree in the first two semesters. MPhil students then proceed to write a 40,000 word dissertation over the next year.

Research degrees

Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews or elsewhere.

The School sets aside funding each year for PhD scholarships, which cover both fees and stipend and are awarded on the basis of academic merit and research promise.

PhD in Classics


Postgraduates from the School of Classics go on to pursue careers in a diverse range of professional careers including teaching, law and museum curatorship.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills. 


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Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB)