MA Classics

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA in Classics combines research skills modules, seminar modules, a thesis on a topic related to the ancient world.  It is also possible to take modules in Greek and Latin. This one-year programme is an ideal way to enhance your understanding of the ancient world.

It is also possible to study for the MA in Classics part-time, over two years.



  • small-group teaching by specialists in the area
  • intensive student participation
  • The only Irish university with a Classical Museum. It is also the largest collection of Greek and Roman antiquities in Ireland

Careers & Employability

For students who are inspired to continue their study of classics, the MA is an ideal preparation for the PhD.
However, the quality and flexibility of the MA has allowed the majority of our graduates to pursue careers in a wide range of professions, including: teaching, heritage management, banking and business, journalism, advertising and public relations, public service, librarianship.

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This programme is aimed at students who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of ancient Greece and Rome. It is both a development of undergraduate study and a preparation for further research. Students learn how to research the subject, think critically about it, and present their work both orally and in writing. Students have the opportunity to take a beginners’ course in Greek or Latin, or to study the languages at a more advanced level. Teaching is in small seminars, and requires intensive student participation. Students are offered training in research skills (e.g. use of online resources, critical evaluation, and oral presentation). Independent study is fundamental, and the programme offers the opportunity to complete a substantial piece of research on a topic of the student’s own choice.

  • undertake independent research, and deal confidently with the various forms of primary evidence available for research in Classics;
  • analyse primary evidence, place it in its context, and assess its reliability;
  • demonstrate critical understanding of diverse academic viewpoints;
  • submit written work which is coherently argued, backed up by evidence, well-presented, and documented in an academic format appropriate to the discipline;
  • deliver oral presentations clearly and confidently, and engage constructively in group discussions;
  • demonstrate the ability to participate appropriately in an academic community;
  • (for students who choose to begin Greek or Latin) read adapted Greek or Latin texts, and answer questions about Greek or Latin grammar and syntax;
  • (for students who choose to study more advanced modules in Greek or Latin) read unadapted Greek or Latin texts, and answer detailed questions about language and content.

MA Classics (Z044) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 6885
nonEU    fee per year - € 18700

MA Classics (Z105) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4130
nonEU    fee per year - € 9350

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

This programme is intended for graduates with degrees in classics or related subjects including English, History, or Archaeology. An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent is required.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Graduate Profile
Graham Gwozdecky,Canada,

I came to UCD following a desire to experience new places and to continue my studies in an environment that I knew would cater to my needs. The MA in Classics not only provided me with exposure to like-minded individuals with a passion for the subject, but also with faculty who could provide the one-on-one support and guidance I wanted. The opportunities for independent research have inspired me to continue my studies in higher education and my time here has given me the tools to pursue that goal. UCD is a great university that I would recommend to anyone looking for an unforgettable experience in a warm and welcoming country.

The following entry routes are available:

MA Classics FT (Z044)
1 Years
Full Time
Rolling *
MA Classics PT (Z105)
2 Years
Part Time
Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised