MA (Classics)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
MA (Classics)

Course overview

This programme provides multidisciplinary training in the professional skills required for the study of Classical Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. Areas of focus in the programme follow the research interests of staff, and reflect our thematic research 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.

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

Key facts

Entry requirements

Second Class Honours NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent with Second Class Honours Grade 2 or equivalent in Classics, Classical Civilisation, Medieval Studies, or a related discipline.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2014

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 10

Closing date: You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates

Mode of study:

Course outline

All students study a language as part of the programme. Latin is offered at all levels from beginners’ to advanced, and 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 levels. There is a strong emphasis on the interpretation of visual and material culture alongside texts and languages. Work culminates in a dissertation prepared under the supervision of a member of academic staff.  Modules include: Ancient Languages, Classical Studies I & II, and a Dissertation (30 ECTS), 15,000–20,000 words (maximum), must also be completed.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

  • Professor Brian Arkins 
  • Dr. Jacopo Bisagni 
  • Professor Michael Clarke 
  • Dr. Edward Herring 
  • Dr. Mark Stansbury

Requirements and assessment

Modules will be continuously assessed and examined by essay.

Find out more

Professor Michael Clarke
T: +353 91 495 230


PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015 full-time p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €5,741 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2014/15

Graduate profile

Robbert Bleij
Robbert Bleij

MA Classical Civilisation graduate

"I came over from the Netherlands because I was interested in the course and it exceeded all my expectations. As I hoped, the programme not only focuses on a broad and interesting variety of subjects, but it also gives students the opportunity to surpass the borders of time and discipline in order to gain new insights and perspectives within their studies. The seminars unravelled many of modern society’s cultural, literal and literary relations with antiquity and guided me towards more independent thinking and writing. This made the MA in Classical Civilisation a challenging programme and gave me an inspiring, unforgettable year in Ireland."