Master of Classical Studies

Graduate studies in Classics offers you the opportunity to explore the languages, literature and mythology of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds as well as their history, culture and social life. You can develop your perspective not only on the ancient world but on the modern world too.

The University’s teaching and research strengths are in language, literature and ancient history.

Our researchers specialise in Greek and Roman history from the early archaic period down to and including the Roman Empire. The School’s strengths in literature are in Ancient Greek and Roman epics, with wide-ranging further interests in this field.

As part of your degree you have the opportunity to travel overseas to study in Greece, Italy, and Turkey to gain a deeper understanding of these past cultures. As a student you will also have access to the wealth of resources in the ANU Classics Museum.


Career options

The Master of Classical Studies will develop your understanding of the language, history, literature, art, or other aspects of ancient Greek and Roman culture.

The skills you acquire in analysing arguments, interpreting texts, and writing clearly and convincingly are highly coveted by employers. The study of cultures other than your own will open your mind, and learning Ancient Greek and Latin helps you become more conscious of your use of your own language and writing style.

Graduates from the Classical Studies programs have become university teachers and administrators, professional research writers, senior public servants, museum curators, school teachers, journalists, and librarians.

Entry requirements

Master of Classical Studies
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65%. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission requirements. Applicants with a Bachelor degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (1 semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (1 year) of credit.

Master of Classical Studies (Advanced)
The advanced option features a thesis instead of a semester of elective courses, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your Master qualification. Entry is by transfer from the Master degree, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of coursework attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for your research project/thesis. 

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