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Greek and Latin MPhil/PhD

UCL Greek & Latin has been ranked consistently among the top three UK departments in the field over the last decade: our flexible and interdisciplinary PhD programme prepares students for leading positions in the field, and we host international conferences several times a year.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£4,915 (FT) £2,455 (PT)
£19,010 (FT) £9,560 (PT)

Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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The department is one of the leading international centres for graduate study and research on the classical world. There are in total around 30 leading academics at UCL who work on all aspects of the ancient world. Classical languages, literature, philosophy and reception studies are based in UCL Greek & Latin; colleagues in ancient history, art history and archaeology are based in the UCL History and the Institute of Archaeology, and we work closely to provide a rich interdisciplinary programme. Located at the heart of the capital, we are at the hub of an unrivalled range of resources for the study of the ancient world. The UCL Library possesses excellent holdings for all areas of our discipline.

Research areas

  • Ancient philosophy and science
  • Greek literature: archaic poetry; Greek law and the ancient orators
  • Greek and Roman historiography
  • Historical linguistics: Mycenaean and the Greek dialects
  • Papyrology
  • Reception of the Classical World
  • Roman literature: love poetry; Ovid; Cicero.
More information can be found on the department website: Greek and Latin MPhil/PhD


Three Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities will be available for PhD students starting in 2015 in the areas of literature, language and history.

UCL is part of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), a consortium of UCL, King's College London, and the School of Advanced Study. Every year a number of studentships will be available to applicants in Classics: please check the LAHP or Greek & Latin website for details

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Bob Sharples Studentships in Classics

£2,000 (1)
UK, EU, Overseas students

Bunnell Lewis Graduate Scholarship in Latin

£4,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students

Goldsmiths Graduate Scholarship in Greek

£4,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students

Lloyd Studentship in Greek

£2,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Stephen Instone Studentship in Classics

UK, EU, Overseas students

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


UCL is a major research university, and most of our graduates seek a career in research and university teaching. We help students to apply for postdoctoral research fellowships, and in the academic job market. Recent graduates have won British Academy, Leverhulme and Wellcome Trust postdoctoral fellowships, and many have gone on to careers in leading UK and international universities (Athens, Bristol, Cambridge. Cyprus, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford and St Andrews).


A PhD from UCL is recognised as a world-class qualification in research on the ancient Greco-Roman world and its place in intellectual history. We have international staff who are well placed to advise and support students as they enter the academic job market, and we have a good track record in helping our graduates start their careers in research and academia.


Each year we host several major international conferences to enable our students to hear and meet leading scholars from across the world.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL has one of the largest bodies of expertise on the ancient world in the United Kingdom; students have access to staff from UCL Greek & Latin, UCL History and UCL Institute of Archaeology, as well as to staff with related interests in UCL Anthropology, UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies, UCL Laws, and the UCL Centre for the History of Medicine.

Major research libraries and institutes are a few minutes' walk away, including the Institute of Classical Studies, the Warburg Institute, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House Library, the British Library and the British Museum.

UCL is part of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, an AHRC-funded doctoral training partnership. This provides training for all PhD students in the consortium, whether funded by the AHRC or not: this includes intensive German and French language classes taught by the Goethe Institut and Institut Français, for example, and facilitates collaboration at doctoral level with King’s College London, the School of Advanced Study (University of London), Queen Mary University of London, and the London School of Economics.

Department: Greek & Latin

Student / staff numbers › 14 staff including 2 postdocs › 35 taught students › 35 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Greek & Latin
76% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Student view

"Research students at UCL are encouraged to produce journal articles, present at international conferences, and even organise their own conferences. Research students also regularly incorporate their own research specialties in their teaching on undergraduate courses, inviting undergraduate students to engage with the curriculum in a hands-on, experiential way. These activities instil the confidence that students are contributing to the development of original research in the field."

Emily Lord-Kambitsch

Greek and Latin PhD
Student view

"As mentioned in the previous section, UCL pursues a unique and forward-looking link between teaching and researching. Other motivations to apply to UCL for my PhD are the excellent facilities and unequalled quality and quantity of support, both on a personal and a professional level."

Oliver Schwazer

Greek and Latin PhD

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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