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Greek (MA, PG Dip, PG Cert)

Greek (MA) provides a self-contained period of structured but challenging study for anyone who wishes to pursue an interest in Ancient Greek language and literature.

Students can start their study from complete beginners level, or at advanced level, based on their existing qualifications and knowledge.

Students can study for:

  • Greek (MA)
  • Greek (PG Dip)
  • Greek (PG Cert)

For those who have been studying Greek privately, we offer a test to place them in the correct level of language learning.

PhD candidates, or those planning to embark on a PhD, can use our degrees to increase their competency in Greek. For those interested in teaching Greek at any level, the degrees can provide an internationally recognised qualification. The degrees in Greek are available only as part-time distance-learning options.


You can apply directly to the University using the Apply Now button at the top of the page. 

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Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Overseas (distance/online): £10,400
Fees are for the whole course.

Why choose this course?

Our language modules are specifically created for 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 students from all backgrounds.

The modules are delivered in a blended fashion with use of video and audio presentations by the lecturers on each individual topic, as well as quizzes and exercises, as well as opportunities for group learning.

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 Trinity Saint David Learning Resources Centre provides access to a variety of electronic academic material to distance learners, including more than 1000 Classics e-books, 70 Classics e-journals, and a number of specialised Classics e-resources, including the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Greek (MA) offers students the opportunity to focus exclusively on the acquisition and/or development of ancient Greek and can be started at beginners, intermediate or advanced level depending on linguistic knowledge.

The PG Certificate is comprised of 60 credits, the PG Diploma of 120 credits, and the MA of 180 credits (including a 60-credit dissertation).

Module Topics

Part I (PG Cert, PG Dip & MA)

  • Greek Historiography (Advanced Greek) (30 credits; optional)
  • Greek Historiography (Further Advanced Greek) (30 credits; optional)
  • Greek Oratory (Advanced Greek) (30 credits; optional)
  • Greek Oratory (Further Advanced Greek) (30 credits; optional)
  • Intensive Greek I (30 credits; optional)
  • Intensive Greek II (30 credits; optional)
  • Short Poetic Forms (Advanced Greek) (30 credits; optional)
  • Short Poetic Forms (Further Advanced Greek) (30 credits; optional)
  • The Medea Stories (Advanced Greek) (30 credits; optional)
  • The Medea Stories (Further Advanced Greek) (30 credits; optional)
  • Theory and Methodology for the Study of the Ancient World (30 credits; compulsory).

Part II (MA)

  • MA Dissertation (Ancient) (60 credits; compulsory).

Our language degrees in Greek involve a wide range of assessment methods. In addition to traditional essays and exams, you will be assessed through commentaries and in-class tests. This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in clear, professional and a lucid manner, whether orally or in writing.

Many language modules include an examination; examination arrangements are communicated to distance learners by the TSD Registry, and distance learners can ask for the support of the tutors in making arrangements for examinations.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

The entry requirement for these degrees is a 2.2 undergraduate degree. In addition, we encourage students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience to apply.

Career Opportunities

Greek (MA) provides a strong foundation for postgraduate work, particularly for those interested in working on Greek language or linguistics. Many students study for the PG Certificate or Diploma in Greek in advance of undertaking a PhD in Classics.

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

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Further Information

Frequently Asked Questions 

I have an A Level in Greek, but I have not studied Greek for several years. Do I have to start at beginners’ level?
We offer our students the opportunity to sit a placement test to ascertain their level of current knowledge of either ancient Greek or Latin, so that they can start their studies with us at the correct level.

Can I take a module over the summer?
No. All of our language modules are strictly semesterised.

How long is the dissertation?
15,000 words

Can I study Latin during my MA in Greek?
No. If you are interested in studying both Latin and Greek, you should consider our PGDip in Greek and Latin (beginners) or the MA in Classics (advanced students).