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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Classics is no longer accepting new applications.


One to one supervision

Minimum 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 graduates and must attend at least one MPhil Text and Topic seminar. These seminars will take place in Michaelmas and Lent terms.

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 specially for MPhil seminars and at which attendance is compulsory in Michaelmas and Lent terms.


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.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Classics


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
April 26, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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