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 Centre for Antique, Medieval and Pre-Modern Studies (CAMPS).

Applications and Selections

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

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dr. Jacopo Bisagni
  • Professor Michael Clarke 
  • Dr. Edward Herring
  • Dr. Pádraic Moran
  • Dr. Eoin O' Donoghue
  • Dr. Mark Stansbury

Requirements and Assessment

Progress on modules will be continuously assessed and examined by essay.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

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

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

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

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code


Course Outline

You will study a language as part of the programme. Latin is offered from beginners’ to advanced level. 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 level. 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 and Classical Studies I & II, and a dissertation (30 ECTS) of 15,000–20,000 words (maximum) must also be completed.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

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

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,200 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€5,976 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,250 p.a. 2018/19

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Professor Michael Clarke
T: +353 91 495 230