MA Classics

NUI Galway

Course Overview

This MA programme provides you with the professional skills required for the study of Classical Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.

Areas of focus follow the research interests of staff, and reflect our thematic 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 Center for Antique, Medieval and Pre-Modern Studies (CAMPS).

What you need to know

Where is the course located?


What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places


Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 15,550

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • Our MA in Classics is a one-year course that combines seminar modules designed to orient students towards independent research and language modules in Latin and Greek at all levels.
  • The MA programme will develop further the skills acquired at undergraduate level and prepare students for potential PhD research.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

Second Class Honors NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent with Second Class Honors Grade 1 or equivalent in Classics, Classical Civilization, Medieval Studies, or a related discipline.

English Requirements

Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements


Career Prospects

Graduates have found employment in many fields, such as humanities and linguistics, and do museum work, archaeology and cultural work. Classics is recognized as a knowledge base suitable for higher-level work in these areas and a training in key transferable skills.