Classics is available as a subject in the BA programme and also at postgraduate level (MA and PhD). The undergraduate course traces the origins of European civilization, starting with the ancient Greeks and Romans and moving forward towards the rise of Christian Europe into the early Middle Ages, taking Ireland into this international perspective.

Our programme is intensely multidisciplinary, combining the study of literature and thought, art and archaeology, and languages and texts.

From second year, students may take up the study of Latin and/or Greek, as well as historical linguistics, and explore the history and interconnectedness of European languages including English and Irish.

At postgraduate level, students join a vibrant research community with interests ranging from Etruscan archaeology to Medieval Latin, heroic literature to digital editing.

Contact us

We are located in Tower 2 of the main Arts & Sciences Building. Come to the lift near the Bank of Ireland end of the Concourse, and find us on the top floor.

See the page for individual contact details.

For general queries, our administrator, Margaret Logan, will be happy to help (mornings only): 
Tel. 091 495448 or ext. 5448
E-mail: classics@nuigalway.ie

Keep in touch

Classics news

Launch of newsletter (7 Mar 2018)

We are pleased to announce the launch of Western Classics, a newsletter from staff and students in Classics at NUI Galway. You can download the inaugural issue on our Newsletter page.

Classics trip to UCD (7 Feb 2017)

NUIG Classics students tooks a field trip to the UCD Classical Museum on 7 Feb 2018. Many thanks to Kaylin Bednarz and Stephen O'Brien for facilitating a very stimulating and enjoyable experience! See photos…

Margaret Heavey Memorial Lecture 2018

Prof. Eleanor Dickey (Reading), "Ancient Latin Textbooks Rediscovered". Tuesday 6 March 2018, 7pm, McMunn Theatre (Concourse). All welcome!

Brian Arkins, book launch (12 Jan 2018)

Brian Arkins' new book Death and Marriage: Greek and Roman Drama on 12 Jan 2018. In attendance were their excellencies Katia Georgiou, Ambassador of Greece, and Costas A. Papademus, Ambassador of Cyrpus. (See link below for photo.)

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