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.
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Tuition fees (2021/22)
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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
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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 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.
- Ancient philosophy
- Greek literature: archaic poetry; drama; ancient orators
- Greek and Roman historiography
- Historical linguistics: Mycenaean and the Greek dialects
- Reception of the Classical World
- Renaissance Latin literature and neo-Latin
- Roman literature of all periods
About this degree
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
UCL is part of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), a consortium of leading research universities and cultural institutions in London. 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.
- UK rate fees, a maintenance stipend, conference costs and professional development package (3 years)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
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, Exeter, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Swansea 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 the UCL Institute of Archaeology, as well as to staff with related interests in UCL Anthropology, the UCL English Department, the UCL Film Studies programme and UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies.
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, for example, and facilitates collaboration at doctoral level with King’s College London, the School of Advanced Study (University of London), and other major research institutions in London.
Department: Greek & Latin
What our students and staff say
"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 SchwazerGreek 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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
- All applicants
- 23 July 2021
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.
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