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Master of Classical Studies (Advanced)

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan VCLAS
  • CRICOS code 082282F
  • Field of Education
    • Southern European Languages
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan VCLAS
  • CRICOS code 082282F
  • Field of Education
    • Southern European Languages
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Classical Studies (Advanced) requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

30 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

CLAS6001 Traditional Grammar

THES8105 Thesis

A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

CLAS8002 Graduate Reading Course A

CLAS8003 Graduate Reading Course B

A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

GREK6112 Continuing Ancient Greek

LATN6002 Continuing Latin

A maximum of 48 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANCH6013 Ancient World in Film

ANCH6023 State, sanctuary and community: archaeology of settlement and memory in ancient Greece

ANCH6101 Cultures in conflict: Greeks, Romans and others in southern Italy and Sicily

ANCH6502 Bad neighbours: evidence of Athenian life from 4th century law-court speeches

ANCH6505 A region in antiquity: Gallipoli and western Turkey

ANCH6506 Dark Age to democracy: early Greek history, 1000-480 BC

CLAS8018 Research in Classical Studies

CLAS8019 Classics Methods and Evidence

CLAS8020 Research in Classical Studies

GREK6101 Intermediate Ancient Greek

GREK6125 Advanced Ancient Greek

LATN6101 Intermediate Latin

LATN6125 Advanced Latin

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

Admission Requirements

By transfer from the Master of Classical Studies with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0, and the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.

Students will be awarded up to 72 units of course credit for completed courses listed in this Masters (Advanced) degree.

Cognate Disciplines

Ancient Greek, Ancient History, Archaeology, Art History, Latin, History

English Language Requirements

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.



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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

With a Master of Classical Studies (Advanced), you can explore the ancient Greek and Roman worlds - while enjoying some very modern travel. Experience the opportunity of a lifetime studying antiquity in Turkey and archaeology in Italy and Greece. Or closer to home, you can draw on the University’s expertise in language, literature and ancient history, and the wealth of resources in the ANU Classics Museum. As a graduate of the Master of Classical Studies (Advanced), you will be uniquely equipped to apply your perspective on the ancient world to your understanding of our world today. Students enter the Master of Classical Studies (Advanced) by transfer from the Master of Classical Studies.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

A Master of Classical Studies (Advanced) will advance your career as a university teacher or administrator, professional research writer, senior public servant, museum curator, schoolteacher, journalist, librarian, or any profession involving the analysis of arguments, interpretation of texts, and writing skills.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Speak and write with considerable authority on the language, history, literature, art or other aspects of Ancient Greek and Roman culture under study;
  2. Think critically, analytically and at an advanced level about problems and issues in Classical world studies;
  3. Research at a high level and communicate the results at near-professional level;
  4. Read and understand basic texts in Latin and/or Ancient Greek
  5. Complete a major piece of research (24,000 words) in the field of Classical Studies.
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