Students studying for the MPhil in Classical Archaeology choose three subjects for their first year as set out on the course website. In their second year they take a fourth taught subject and prepare a dissertation of not more than 25,000 words.
This scheme allows candidates to choose from a wide range of periods (from Prehistoric Aegean to Late Antiquity) and many different aspects of the subject (see lists). Candidates may also be allowed study an unlisted topic within Classical Archaeology, or directly related to it, provided that the topic is appropriate and teaching is available. Those who are seeking a broader course may, if they wish, select as one subject from among those offered in any of the following M.St. courses (subject to availability of teaching): Byzantine Studies, Classical Literature, European Archaeology, Greek and Roman History, History of Art, Women's Studies, World Archaeology.
Teaching is mainly through small-group tutorials or classes of 1-4, supplemented by a wide range of lecture courses.