The University of Edinburgh
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History MA (Hons)
The University of Edinburgh

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews of 60 graduates of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History MA (Hons) and other courses in Classics at The University of Edinburgh for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Classics.

Overall student satisfaction
71 /100
60 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates in Classics

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Classics at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24500 £24500 £29000
25-75 percentile range £22000 - £27000 £18500 - £30000 £21000 - £38500


Salary of all UK Graduates of Classics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24162 £24000 £29000
25-75 percentile range £20622 - £28486 £18500 - £30500 £23000 - £40000

Course Description

The study of classical civilisations' history and material culture is at the core of this programme.

You will develop a range of disciplinary skills used by historians, archaeologists and art historians.

The programme requires the careful interpretation of scant but complex written and material evidence to understand people who lived long ago but are highly significant to the modern world.

Civilisations you will study

You will study the Greek and Roman civilisations from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity and Byzantium.

You will also have the opportunity to study other ancient peoples and civilisations such as:

  • the Etruscans
  • the Persians
  • the Carthaginians

You will gain an understanding of Graeco-Roman society within its geographical context.

You will analyse and evaluate a range of:

  • texts
  • works of art
  • artefacts
  • archaeological sites
  • other material evidence

Practical skills and excavation

The programme will challenge you to confront the sometimes rather divergent pictures of the classical world given by the textual and material evidence. This will offer you an intellectually demanding and intrinsically interesting experience.

You will also have opportunities to gain practical skills in excavation. There may be some funding available for these.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History MA (Hons) at The University of Edinburgh

25% Information Technology Professionals
20% Natural and social science professionals
5% Protective service occupations
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Natural and social science professionals
5% Customer service occupations
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Process, plant and machine operatives
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Welfare Professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5

Total 65 with at least 5.5 in each component.

TOEFL (iBT) 92

Total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.

Cambridge English Advanced

Total 176 with at least 162 in each component

Cambridge English Proficiency

Total 176 with at least 162 in each component

Trinity ISE

ISE II with distinctions in all four components

PTE Academic 62

Total 62 with at least 54 in each component

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, MA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Costs

Tuition Fees Classical Archaeology and Ancient History MA (Hons)

Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £1820 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
EU £26500 year 1
International £26500 year 1

Additional fee information

Scottish students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees.

EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union (EU) students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2022-23 or later will be in line with international fees.

Full time international and EU students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

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About The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is located in the Scottish city of the same name, and is one of the oldest universities in the entire United Kingdom, having opened in the year 1583. The university enjoys a strong reputation for its contributions to international research efforts, which is reflected in their inclusion in the Russell Group, Universitas 21, and Una Europa. Edinburgh offers its residents a historic yet modern city, with a lively nightlife scene, reliable public transport, and friendly locals.

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