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Postgraduate Admissions

The Classics MPhil is intended to give students with relevant experience at first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focused research in Classical subjects, together with the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.  It is also designed to complement, extend and complete undergraduate study in Classics

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 judgment, 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 Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

The Faculty will be hosting its annual Postgraduate Open Day on Saturday 21 November 2020.  To give you an idea of the Programme for the day, visit the Faculty's Postgraduate Study page.

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Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Classics

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 30, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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