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With the Classics Faculty at Cambridge being committed to exploring the ramifications of Greco-Roman antiquity into the modern day, it is perhaps no surprise that my research interests have gravitated to the work of the now eminently popular Stoic philosopher, Seneca the Younger, and particularly in how ancient authors, like us moderns, engaged in interesting yet contentious ways with his work. In the broadest but most fundamental terms, what I hope to offer in my thesis is firmly grounded in the Faculty’s vision of Classics as a discipline: an attempt at understanding both the origins of and alternatives to prevailing modern conceptions of the ancient past through a rigorous study of that past.

As well as intellectually, the Faculty have greatly aided me on both financial and personal levels. It is by no means an overstatement to say that my Ph.D. work would not be possible without the assistance afforded by Faculty funding; having lost my father towards the end of my M.Phil. (July 2019), the self-funding of three (or four) years’ worth of graduate study was simply not a feasible option.

But the Faculty did more than offer me practical help in that tremendously difficult time; they provided an open ear to my situation, gave considered advice on my options, and (after I had decided to finish the course) were forthcoming in extending my submission deadline; upon offering me a funded Ph.D. place, they also facilitated the deferral of my course start-date (Oct.-Dec. 2019) so that I could take some much-needed time for myself and family. Needless to say, when I returned to Cambridge in January 2020, I knew I was coming to an immensely supportive – as well as intellectually stimulating – environment. 

George Pliotis (May 2021)

The Faculty of Classics is a wealth of impressive resources—an exceptional library, a steady stream of lectures and talks, generous funding for trips and conferences, regular exchanges with students from Paris, Lille, and Munich—but the greatest resource of all is the people. During my two years in the Faculty, first as an MPhil and now as a PhD student, I have benefited from an extraordinary system of mentorship, both by my own supervisor and by other senior members of the Faculty, who encourage me to take intellectual risks on the page and around the seminar table.

Solveig Gold (May 2021)

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Faculty of Classics (May 2018)

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3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Classics

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2022
Course Starts
April 17, 2022

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

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
June 30, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2022
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2023

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 2023

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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