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Graduate Admissions


In addition to supervision from a designated academic, all students attend specialist MPhil seminars that teach them a range of specialist skills and enable them to learn from academics other than their supervisor and from peers by presenting their work and participating in discussions. One of their essays has to be linked to one of the seminar topics. Students taking a language paper in place of an essay also attend several classes in Greek or Latin per week in preparation for an examination.

One to one supervision

Normally, minimum of four hours per term.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

Twenty-four hours per year.

All MPhil students will be expected to attend a series of six seminars on Research Skills for Classics postgraduates and must attend at least one MPhil Text and Topic seminar in Michaelmas Term and one in Lent.  They must also attend a single dissertation seminar in Easter Term.

They are also expected to attend one or more of the weekly speaker seminars organised by the various sub-disciplines of Classics.


There is no expectation that an MPhil student will attend any particular number of lectures. MPhil students are encouraged to take advantage of lectures provided both in the Faculty of Classics and more widely across the University.


Presentations are required in the context of the seminars put on especially for MPhil seminars and at which attendance is compulsory.


Written report after each piece of work and termly online reports.



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 language or an exercise.

Written examination

A language paper in Greek or Latin may be required.

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Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Classics


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
April 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. 9, 2019

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