Latin MA (Hons)

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Description

  • Typology

    Master

  • Location

    St andrews (Scotland)

  • Duration

    4 Years

Description

Knowledge of Latin is the key both to an enormously rich body of literature and to in-depth understanding of a complex and influential culture. The MA (Hons) in Latin will develop your Latin language skills. It will also develop skills of literary and cultural analysis which are important for understanding complex texts, arguments and problems in our own culture too.

The course will require you to engage in depth with a wide range of texts from classical antiquity. It involves study of the many different genres of ancient Latin literature from epic poetry and elegy to historiography and letter-writing. You will be required to develop skills of reading and understanding these texts in the original language. In the process you will also gain a broad understanding of ancient social, cultural and political history.

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St Andrews (Fife)
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University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ

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To take into account

The MA (Hons) in Latin is a four-year course run by the School of Classics. In the first year, if you have not studied Latin previously, you will be introduced to Latin language and literature from scratch. If you have already studied Latin at a higher level, in your first year you will undertake more advanced study in language and literature in modules that integrate the study of literary texts with linguistic and translation exercises. Alongside Latin, in the first year of your studies you will be required to study an additional two subjects. In the second year, you will usually continue to study at least one of these subjects, sometimes two. In second year, all students take modules that extend and refine their knowledge of Latin literature and its background, covering prose and poetry both from the Republic and from the imperial period, while continuing to incorporate progressive work on Latin language skills in preparation for Honours-level study. The skills you gain in analysing original Latin texts will prepare you to explore an even wider range of texts at a more advanced level in your third and fourth years. You will also be encouraged to delve deeper into a specialist topic of your choice in writing a dissertation during your fourth year.

Latin students at St Andrews have traditionally progressed into a very wide range of careers on graduating. Some continue their academic careers via a postgraduate training degree to doctoral study either in St Andrews or at another university. Other students have progressed to postgraduate qualifications in teaching, law or finance. Recent Latin graduates have moved into careers in: law museums work journalism the theatre civil service teaching finance applied computing.

SQA Highers AABB GCE A-Levels AAA IB points 36, including three subjects at HL6

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Subjects

  • Poetry
  • Writing
  • Latin
  • Latin Letters
  • Roman Epic
  • Senecan Tragedy
  • Latin Lyric
  • Latin Oratory
  • philosophical
  • Didactic Poetry

Course programme

Modules

In the first two years of your degree (known as sub-honours) you will take the required modules in Latin alongside modules in at least one other subject.

You will take one Latin module per semester during your first two years, and two modules per semester during your third and fourth year

1st Year

Students will take two compulsory first-year modules depending on their knowledge of Latin prior to the course.

Beginners in Latin will take the following two compulsory modules:

  • Elementary Latin 1: provides an introduction to the Latin language for beginners, concentrating on morphology, vocabulary, and basic syntax.
  • Elementary Latin 2: builds on work from Elementary Latin 1 and develops knowledge of Latin language and enables the reading of Latin texts for beginners.

Students who have studied Latin to SQA Higher, GCE A-level or equivalent will take the following two compulsory modules:

  • World of Latin 1: enhances understanding of Latin language and literature through study of both verse and prose set texts and regular language classes.
  • World of Latin 2: builds on work from World of Latin 1, introducing students to a wider range of Latin literature.
2nd Year

Students will take two compulsory second-year modules depending on their knowledge of Latin prior to the course.

Ex-beginners in Latin will take the following two compulsory modules:

  • Latin in Progress 1: builds on work covered in Elementary Latin 1 and 2; examines a wide range of texts in both prose and verse from the Republican period, and enhances Latin language skills through regular language classes.
  • Latin in Progress 2: builds on work from Latin in Progress 1; examines a wide range of texts in both prose and verse from the imperial period, and enhances Latin language skills through regular language classes.

Students who have studied Latin to SQA Higher, GCE A-level or equivalent will take the following two compulsory modules:

  • Latin Language and Literature 1: the Republic: builds on World of Latin 1 and 2; examines a wide range of texts in both prose and verse from the Republican period, and enhances Latin language skills through regular language classes.
  • Latin Language and Literature 2: the Empire: builds on Latin Language and Literature 1; examines a wide range of texts in both prose and verse from the Republican period, and enhances Latin language skills through regular language classes.
Honours

If you decide to take Latin in your third and fourth years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options.

Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:

  • Latin Philosophical Writing
  • Latin Didactic Poetry
  • Roman Satire
  • Latin Oratory
  • Latin Lyric
  • Late Antique Latin Literature
  • Latin Prose Composition
  • Senecan Tragedy
  • Roman Epic
  • Roman Biography
  • Latin Letters
  • Renaissance Reception of Latin Literature.

In fourth year, students also undertake a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choice. This independent project enables you to develop key research skills which are desired by both prospective employers and by graduate schools offering postgraduate degrees.

Additional information

Overseas Fee £22,350

Latin MA (Hons)

£ 9,250 VAT inc.