Classics (MA)

MA Classics

The Classics (MA) concentrates on the literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world in the original language. If you wish to develop both of your of Classical languages then an MA in Classics is the degree for you. Classics degrees concentrate on the Greek and Latin languages at advanced level, as well as the literature of the ancient world. Existing knowledge of either Greek or Latin at advanced level is an entrance requirement for all Classics degrees. It is expected that candidates would have good knowledge of both languages to study for the MA in Classics. Some students progress from the PGDip in Greek, and the PGDip in Latin, to the MA in Classics.

All our modules are taught by specialists and active researchers. The influence of our research on our teaching offers our students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries.

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Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: 4 years
Location: Online only

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The MA Classics offers you the opportunity to concentrate on the ancient Greek and Latin languages at advanced level, as well as the literature of the ancient world. You can continue your study of ancient Greek and Latin through in-depth study of authors and genres, primarily in the original language but also in translation.  

Classics have been taught at our Lampeter campus snce the opening of St David's College in 1822 and has been offered via distance study since 2001.  The Roderic Bowen Library and Archives on Lampeter campus has a large collection of Classical literature.  There is an on-going programme of digitisation to make these materials available to students who study with us at a distance.  

  • Advanced Greek Prose
  • Advanced Greek Verse
  • Advanced Latin Prose
  • Advanced Latin Verse
  • Myth in Greek and Roman Epic
  • Erotic Poetry in the Ancient World

The MA in Classics will have a special appeal to those students who wish to continue the study of Latin and Greek at advanced levels. Providing our students with a range of learning opportunities and excellent teaching is the primary aim of the School of Classics. We employ innovative methods and approaches that enhance our students’ learning throughout their studies.

Our programme is designed to help learners both on campus and at a distance. Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a live forum through which students and staff can interact, through which students are able better to revise and explore difficult topics and through which students are better able to access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.

Studying Classics with us here at University of Wales Trinity Saint David means research-led teaching and research-active learning in an environment that allows for both full use of the virtual world and the personal approach of expert tuition.

An MA degree in Classics involves a range of assessment methods. All language modules are assessed by both coursework and examinations. Students in advanced languages have the opportunity to explore texts in detail, both in literary and in linguistic terms, through assessed critical commentaries and essays. Additionally, you will be assessed through bibliographic exercises, presentations – oral and PowerPoint based, creation of abstracts, in-house conference papers, article reviews, creation of project plans and, of course, the dissertation. This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in clear, professional and a lucid manner, whether orally or in writing.

The traditional requirement for entry onto our MA degrees is a 2.1 or 1st class undergraduate degree. In addition, the School encourages students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience to apply. Additionally, for the MA in Classics, applicants are required to have knowledge of either Greek or Latin at advanced level, and it is desirable that they have a good knowledge of both ancient languages.

The programme provides a broad foundation for postgraduate work, by laying particular emphasis on the languages, methodologies and research tools needed for independent advanced study, thus acting as training for students who intend to undertake an MPhil or PhD.

The course also provides a professional qualification for teachers or others seeking Continuing Professional Development.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I take any Classical Studies modules as part of my degree in Classics?

It depends on the degree that you are studying. If you are studying for the PGDip or the MA in Classics, then you must take at least one module from our Classical Studies provision. If you are studying for a PGCert in Classics, you cannot take any of our Classical Studies modules.

I am interested in learning Greek/Latin but I do not have a good knowledge of ancient languages. Can I study for an MA in Classics?

No, you cannot. You should consider studying for the PGDip in Latin and Greek as an advanced knowledge of these languages is required for the Classics programme. 

I do not know Greek and/or Latin well enough, but I want to improve my knowledge. I know I cannot study for an MA in Classics, but can I study for the PGCert in Classics and upgrade from there?

No, you cannot. You need to have a good knowledge of both languages, and be at advanced level in at least one before commencing any of degrees specifically named ‘Classics’ degrees. Instead, we suggest that you consider embarking on a PGDip in Latin and Greek, which you could use as a stepping stone for a later degree.

Residential Study

Students can study for any of our degrees residentially on the Lampeter campus. Classes take place between Monday and Friday during the teaching semesters. On average, a full-time student is expected to attend eight hours of classes every week. All non-linguistic classes are very small, usually not more than five students, while language class sizes depend on the level of study, hence beginners’ languages often attract some 15 students, while advanced languages have an average class-size of five students.

Distance Learning

All our degrees are available to distance learners, and indeed the greater part of our postgraduate cohort is made up of distance learners. Every student has access to all module materials, including reading lists, on the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). All modules are taught by our lecturers, and are designed to be accessible and friendly to learning at a distance. Many of the modules are delivered in a blended fashion with use of video and audio presentations by the lecturers on each individual topic.

The assessment is on the student’s own subject of choice in relation to each module, always in consultation with the relevant tutor. Most modules are assessed by long essays, but some modules are assessed by alternative means, such as conference-style presentations. It is essential that distance learners have a good internet access, as well as use of computer facilities; the university offers all distance students individual support in accessing material from home. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David Learning Resources Centre provides access to a variety of electronic academic material to distance learners, including more than 1,000 Classics e-books, 70 Classics e-journals, and a number of specialised Classics e-resources.

Specifically for language learners who study at a distance, the School provides the support of dedicated distance language tutors for all its language modules. The distance language tutors provide assistance and support to language learners, as well as interim feedback on assessment. The distance learning tutors work alongside the module lecturers in providing material for language study to distance learners. All language modules include an examination; examination arrangements are communicated to distance learners by the UWTSD Registry, and distance learners can ask for the support of the School in making arrangements for examinations.