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Graduate Admissions

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Course closed:

Classics is no longer accepting new applications.

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, lectures, classes and individual supervised study. It is usually possible for students to follow a course of study that reflects very closely their own interests and specialisms, selecting one of our research areas as the main focus for the dissertation and other work. One of the three essays, however, can deal with another area within the classics, or another related discipline. Students can also offer an examination in a classical language or an exercise in a specialist subject (eg numismatics) in place of the third essay. More information is available on the MPhil in Classics page on the Faculty of Classics website.

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. come to 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.


In order to proceed to a PhD, the Faculty's normal requirement (which will be a condition of continuation) is that students must achieve an overall Distinction in the MPhil.  Further details on how to achieve an overall Distinction can be found in the MPhil Handbook, available on the Graduate Students page on the Faculty of Classics website.

Open Days

The Faculty will be hosting its annual Postgraduate Open Day on Saturday 23 November 2019.  To give you an idea of the Programme for the day, visit the Faculty's Postgraduate Study page.

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Classics


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
June 30, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2019

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