Hardiman Research Building

Postgraduate options in Classics

Structured Research Masters in Classics

The Structured Research Masters in Classics is a one-year, full-time (two-years, part-time) programme that allows students to further their interest in a specialist area of academic study and research. This course provides high-achieving graduates an opportunity to gain a broader and deeper knowledge of their chosen area and to familiarise themselves with the research methodologies and ethics relevant to the study of Classics.

The goal of the programme is to give you the skills and guidance to conduct independent research and convert it into effective writing, whether academic or creative, and to deepen and professionalise your engagement with the cultures and contacts, and legacy and languages of antiquity. The course is an ideal springboard for creative, media and publishing careers, as well as the preparation for a possible future in the academic world.

Work proceeds through a mixture of group seminars, in which all students participate; language and manuscript study classes; and the production of an independent research project and dissertation under supervision. Peer-to-peer teaching and mentoring are key throughout. From the very beginning, each participant is working on the orientation of their research project, and this work can be adapted and developed to become the basis of formal research proposals and funding applications for those who are hoping to proceed to a higher research degree, including and especially the PhD in Classics or Medieval Studies here in Galway.

Structured PhD in Classics

Classics at the University of Galway has a thriving research community of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers (many of whom are funded by the Irish Research Council).

PhD students normally take the four-year Structured PhD in Classics programme, with the first year partly focused on taught modules in general research skills as well as discipline-specific areas (ancient languages, for example).  We welcome enquiries from individuals who are interested in pursuing full-time research and are suitably qualified. Candidates should, in the first instance, contact a member of our lecturing staff, whose research interests align most closely with their own.

Researchers become part of the University of Galway’s Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, which provides both a vibrant community of humanities researchers and links to other research institutes worldwide. It offers state-of-the-art facilities in the Hardiman Research Building (above).

Our researchers are also members of the Centre for Antique, Medieval and Pre-modern Studies (CAMPS), which  brings together an interdisciplinary  community of staff and students from Archaeology, Classics, English, French, German, History, Irish, and Old and Middle Irish. CAMPS runs regular research labs, facilitating presentation of work-in-progress.


Common sources are listed below. Viable applications normally take many months to prepare. We therefore encourage potential applicants to contact us for advice as early as possible.