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MPhil in Classics

Course Description

Primarily a training in research but also designed to complement and complete undergraduate study in Classics, teaching for this course is provided in the form of seminars, classes and individual supervised study. It is usually possible for you to choose a course of study that reflects very closely your own interests and specialisms, selecting one of our research areas as the main focus for your dissertation and other work. One of your three essays, however, can deal with another area within the classics, or another related discipline. You can also offer an examination in a classical language, or an exercise in a specialist subject (e.g. numismatics) in place of the third essay. More information is available on the Faculty website.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/clclmpmcl


MPhil students are encouraged to take advantage of lectures provided both in the Faculty of Classics and more widely across the University.

Core modes of study include:

- One to one supervision: 4 hours per term.

- Seminars & classes: 24 hours per year.

- Poster presentations in both seminars in Michaelmas and Lent terms.

- Written report after each piece of work and termly CGSRS report.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should have:
1. developed a deeper knowledge of their chosen area of Classics and of the critical debates within it;
2. a conceptual understanding that enables the evaluation of current research and methodologies;
3. acquired or consolidated linguistic, technical and ancillary skills appropriate for research in their chosen area;
4. demonstrated independent judgement, based on their own research;
5. presented their own ideas in a public forum and learned to contribute constructively within an international environment.


- 8,000 - 12,000 words and an oral examination.

- Three essays of about 4,000 words each or two essays of about 4,000 words each and a language paper in another ancient IE language or an exercise.

- A language paper in Greek or Latin may be required.


An overall Distinction achieved by obtaining a High Pass on the essay section (agreed 70%+ on at least one essay/examination paper, no agreed or individual essay/examination paper mark below 60%), and a Distinction (75%+) on the thesis section.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

AHRC, Classics Faculty Trust Funds, Hellenic College Trust Studentship, Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

Visit the MPhil in Classics page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree. A first-class or high 2i degree, or equivalent, with evidence of expertise in your chosen classical discipline. Find University Minimum Academic Requirements here View Website

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