Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have at least an upper second class (2.1) honours Bachelor degree or equivalent (for example, GPA of 3.3) in a relevant area. Knowledge of Greek or Latin is not required, but students hoping later to pursue a research degree in fields where the written record provides our main sources will be strongly encouraged to acquire language skills in the course. Since places on the course are limited, applicants may be interviewed or asked to submit a writing sample for assessment.Offers will be made on a rolling basis from January 2015. The closing date for applications is 31st May. Should places remain unfilled, later applications may be considered. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

The M.Phil. in Classics is designed both for those who are
already fully trained in the classical languages and for those
who have completed non-language based degrees. The
course provides students with an excellent grounding in
postgraduate research skills in Classics. It also hones the
sort of analytical, written, and verbal communication skills
that are highly valued and effective in careers outside the
university and education sectors. Since its establishment in
2008 the M.Phil. in Classics has attracted students from all
over the world. Many have gone on to do doctoral studies
in Trinity and in other universities internationally.
The course has two compulsory elements. The weekly core
module Research and Methods runs throughout the year and
communicates core research skills and knowledge across the
main strands of classical scholarship. All students also write
a dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words on an agreed topic,
individually supervised by a member of staff. The dissertation
offers an opportunity to begin to specialise in a particular
strand of scholarship, whether literary, philosophical, historical
or archaeological. In addition, students choose four elective
modules (or two if they take beginners’ Greek or Latin), which
likewise allow them to build specific skills and to follow their
individual interests. Recently taught electives include Greek
Language; Latin Language; Classics and European Identity;
Textual Criticism; Gender and Genre in Augustan Poetry; Greeks
and Barbarians; Ancient Drama, Adaptation and Performance;
Curiosity and Crisis in the Late Fifth Century: Receptions of the
Sophists; The Eternal City: The Archaeology of the City of Rome;
Lost in the Labyrinth? ‘Reading’ Aegean Bronze Age Art; Rulers
and Image-making in the Hellenistic World. For students with
intermediate and advanced Greek and Latin a range of authorand
topic-based modules are available. Students may also
apply to take one Directed Reading module outside listed taught
modules (within the areas of expertise of staff members) or an
approved module from another M.Phil. course. Available options
vary from year to year, subject to staffing demands.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Ashley Clements
+353 1 896 1208